Fast food is not usually the best option. It's almost always high in calories, fat and sodium, and lacks important vitamins and minerals. But sometimes we're caught unprepared.
If a fast food restaurant is your only option, slim down your meal with intelligent choices and portion control -- just the opposite of super-sizing. Ask for mustard or even ketchup, but skip the mayonnaise, cheese and bacon. If available, grilled chicken is usually lower in calories than hamburger, and avoid anything that's deep fried. Also choose water or low fat milk instead of soda.
Even better options can be found in a supermarket deli. You can order a sandwich on whole-grain bread (again, hold the mayo!) and pick up a piece of fruit or some pre-washed veggies and water or a low calorie drink. You should be able to create an even healthier, lower calorie meal than offered by the typical fast food restaurant, and it can be just as fast.
With a bit of creativity, fast food doesn't have to derail your dietary goals. Both options can result in a quick, low calorie meal that will help keep your weight on track.
Megan Porter, RD