Healthy Fast-food Lunches

Overview

Healthy fast-food lunches can provide you with nutrients to get through the day. Even though they can be enjoyed in a fast-food establishment, you also can make them at home. Many typical sit-down restaurants are also adding healthier menu items that can be carried out. Irregardless of how you decide to enjoy your lunch, the options for eating healthy are available.

Homemade fast foods

Healthy fast-food lunches do not only need to be eaten at a restaurant or fast-food establishment. You can make healthy fast-food lunches at home in a flash, according to the USDA. By making your lunch at home, you can control the ingredients and know exactly what you are eating. For a healthy tuna sandwich, combine a can of albacore tuna with 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat mayonnaise. Stir in garlic powder, oregano, basil and thyme to taste. Spread tuna mixture onto wholegrain bread with fresh lettuce leaves and top with mustard. Wholewheat pita bread with mustard, alfalfa sprouts, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes and sliced red onion makes a tasty and healthy vegetarian sandwich. Be sure to take a piece of fresh fruit for dessert. Your beverage of choice will be water or fruit juice, for the healthiest results.

Fast-food eateries

Even if you cannot find time for making your own lunch, fast-food establishments are adding more healthy choices all the time. Choose a leafy salad, with dressing on the side, and water. A pita sandwich (without added oil) is a healthy choice. Avoid deep-fried foods and go with the grilled variety of meats. Water-based soups, such as minestrone, are good bets for healthy fast-food lunches. Some fast-food chains offer salad bars. These are a wise healthy choice. Just be certain to watch the calories and fat in the salad dressings.

Traditional-style restaurants

With more customers asking for healthier menu items, many traditional-style restaurants are offering these items along with the ability for carry-out. This makes for a healthy fast-food lunch. Green, leafy salads are a good bet. Mixed vegetable chow mein, and other vegetable-based dishes, can be low in fat and cholesterol. Instead of ordering a sugary beverage, order water or tea. According to the American Heart Association, limiting your consumption of sugary beverages not only will have you consuming a healthier diet, it will help you lose weight.

About this Author

Crystal Welch has a 30-year writing history. Her more than 2,000 published works have been included in the health and fitness-related Wellness Directory, Earthdance Press and Higher Source. She is an award-winning writer who teaches whole foods cooking and has written a cookbook series. She operates an HON-code-certified health-related blog with more than 95,000 readers. Welch has a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.

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