When you only have a few minutes between activities to eat, fast food seems like the best option. Cheeseburgers, tacos and even pizza are all familiar fast food fare, whichrun high in calories and fat, not to mention, sodium and sugar.But, there are healthier alternatives available even in a sea of unsavory options at the All-American favorites. Here’s a few options to consider throughout your day:
You just woke up and your stomach is growling. You’re feeling weak, tired and cranky.
Cuisine Available: Fast Food Feast or Perish.
Suggestion: McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
Low in Sodium (for a fast food joint), high in Carbs and Sugars, but full of Vitamin C and Calcium, not to mention antioxidants in the fruit-filled cup of creamy vanilla yogurt. This is more like breakfast dessert.
Add-Ons: Small milK, plain English muffin with jam or apple dippers.
Alternative: If you need more protein, try Burger King’s Egg & Cheese Croissan’wich.
You’re a bit hungry and in a rush to get back before 5th period.
Cuisine Available: Five Star Fast Food.
Suggestion: Subway’s six-inch turkey breast, ham, roast beef or veggie sub on wheat.
These filling lunch-time sandwiches are low in fat and offer lots of choices for customizing. Just remember to go easy on the condiments and ask for extra veggies.
Add-Ons: Small berry or peach fruizle (smoothie) or small vegetable-based soup.
Alternative: In the mood for Chinese, grab mushroom chicken, string bean chicken breast, tangy shrimp with pineapple or broccoli and beef from Panda Express.
You’re a bit sleepy, and in need of a pick-me-up before practice.
Cuisine Available: Fast Food Only.
Suggestion: Burger King’s Motts Strawberry Flavored Applesauce with an order of chicken tenders if you need the protein. Applesauce is not just for kids, it’s low in fat and calories and provides a little fiber and Vitamin C.
Add-Ons: Side Salad with a light Italian dressing.
Alternative: Head over to Taco Bell and pick up a Crunchy Taco.
DINNER AT DUSK
You can’t focus on your studies, so you need some energy.
Cuisine Available: Fast Food Extravaganza.
Suggestion: Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich or a half order of the Berry Almond Chicken Salad. All three options are full of protein and fairly low in fat.
Add-Ons: Garden Side Salad with light dressing, small chili or apple slices.
Alternative: Pick up a Med Sandwich at Noodles and Company.
Fast food restaurants offer healthier options on their menus, so take the time to look up their nutrition information online and learn more about what you’re eating before you get in a school-week hunger rush.