Fast food may be inexpensive and convenient, but it is often high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt. Being highly processed, it may be low in many essential nutrients. And, it’s typically very low in fiber. So, what’s a parent to do when it comes to fast food? Some say avoid it completely. That’s great, if you can do it. If not, definitely try to reduce your visits to fast food restaurants. But, if you go, here are some helpful suggestions.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions for choosing healthier options at fast food restaurants:
- Choose smaller portions, or only eat half of your meal.
- Skip the fries and choose fresh fruit, a salad or vegetables, yogurt or other healthy option as your side item.
- Order sandwiches without mayonnaise, cheese, bacon or fattening sauces.
- Ask for extra veggies on your sandwich, which may include lettuce, onions or tomatoes.
- Choose lean, grilled meats such as chicken or turkey instead of a burger.
- Skip breaded and fried meats, whether on your sandwich or salad.
You can learn more about making wise food choices for your family in my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat.