I do like fast food but try not to eat it too often as it tends to be more fat, salt, and sugar than a person should eat. However, several fast food places are making attempts to give healthier options so I decided to check out a few.
Subway- they have done a great job of touting themselves as a fresh and healthy alternative to fast food burgers and in most cases, they are. BUT- you can really ruin your diet with add-ons like cheese, mayonnaise, dressings, and oil. Subway sandwiches are also mostly high in sodium although they recently lowered the sodium in several of their sandwiches. I tried the new Orchard Chicken Salad sub. This sandwich has chunks of chicken, celery, red apples, golden raisins, cranberries, a light creamy mayo and your choice of veggies. I wasn’t sure what to put on this so I just went with spinach and black olives, nothing else seemed like it would go well with the other ingredients. I really wanted to like this sandwich but it was kinda bland. The celery and apples weren’t crunchy and everything seemed like it had been soaking in the mayo for awhile. I think this would be better if it was made fresh at home. Nutrition values vary depending on your toppings, mine had 370 calories, 8 grams of fat and 660 grams of sodium. Not bad, but I expected more flavor for my calories!
Arby’s- They have really been pushing their Grilled Chicken and Pecan wrap as good mood food, and with those two ingredients, it should be nutritious. WRONG- I didn’t even try this thing after reading the facts: If consuming 840 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1,220 milligrams of sodium and 20 grams of sugar puts you in a good mood, then go for it.
For comparison’s sake, an Arby’s fried Chicken Fillet Sandwich has 530 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat, 1,310 mg of sodium, 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of sugar.
If you are choosing the chicken salad sandwich over a fried fillet because you think it must be way better for you, then I’d encourage you to think again. Neither is a great choice, but it shows that checking out the facts ahead of time will help you make a better choice.
McDonald’s- Breakfast at McDonald’s just got a whole lot better. They have been advertising their oatmeal as a healthy option and it seemed to good to be true. However, after checking out the nutrition facts, I decided to give it a try. It tastes really good! Hot, creamy, and full of fruit, this oatmeal makes a great breakfast or any time of day snack. I had it with the maple flavoring and cream, but those are optional. Total calories= 290 calories, an Egg Mc Muffin has 300 calories…
But for that 290 calories you get bit of fiber (5 grams, compared to a McMuffin’s 2g) and hardly any fat (4.5 g, compared to 12g in the McMuffin). And- if you’re cutting back on sodium, the oatmeal’s a great choice: it has just 160 mg, versus the McMuffin’s 820 mg. The oatmeal also serves up all the Vitamin C you need in a day and then some. Oatmeal made at home is still healthier, but this is a good choice if you are on the road.
Speaking of Mc Donald’s, the ad with the talking lemon makes my mouth water! Their new frozen strawberry lemonade appears to be healthy and refreshing, but again, don’t listen to the marketing. This beverage has 270 calories and 67 grams of sugar. WOW- that’s alot of calories and sugar for a drink. I need to look for another frozen option and quit listening to that talking lemon!
What have we learned? If you are serious about eating healthier and/or losing weight, do some homework before going trhough the drive through and make an informed decision. Change your choices-change your life!