At only 210 calories, McDonald's Fruit and Walnut Salad is a great fast-food choice.
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Fast food, by its very nature, evokes visions of burgers and fries, expanding waistlines and sodium overload. Lucky for today's consumer, most fast food chains have wisened up to the current health concerns and conditions that many American face. Read on to find out how you can still enjoy your favorite fast food hangout without breaking the calorie bank.
Stay away from items that contain words like "fried," or "breaded." Even if these words are not present, order any protein items naked (i.e. a humburger, not a cheeseburger, a grilled chicken sandwich, not a friend chicken sandwich), in other words, where you can actually see the meat.
Focus on sauces, or a lack thereof. When it comes to salads, try a low-fat version of your favorite dressing or opt for a balsamic vinagrette. For sandwiches and burgers, ask for sauce on the side or light options for fixings like mayonaisse. Utilize mustard and horseradish (note, not horseradish sauce) whenever possible. If you can, try to avoid barbeque sauce altogether, as it's full of sugar.
Order only one "guilty" menu item if you must splurge at a fast food joint. If you get the burger, get a side salad. If you get fries, get the grilled chicken sandwich on wheat bread.
Try ordering your food protein style (lettuce serves as a substitute for bread), or use only half your bun, eating your burger or sandwich almost like you would a tostada.
Substitute calorie-laden cheeses or "special" sauces with spices and salsa-like sauces.
Remove half the shredded cheese from atop your taco, salad, chili or other fast food menu item. You won't even notice the difference, especially if you like a topping like salsa.