Is there such a thing as healthy fast food? Whether is job, school, vacation, helping out a neighbor or a combination, constantly being on the go makes it more difficult to eat healthy. We also know that fast food, eat-in-the-car, just-unwrap-and-it’s-ready-no-utensils-needed, you know – the grab-and-go type foods can’t be good for us. But with life being so hectic, can’t you just grab-and-go, then cleanse and cardio to make it more healthy? Sound good, but Wrong! This is a total myth. So, the next time you find yourself making excuses as you head to pay for you grab-and-go, STOP. You actually have much healthier choices. Even though you’re rushed and can’t spare the time to prepare, you don’t have to sacrifice great and tasty nutritious eating, you can still enjoy nutritious well-prepared foods that you wish you had time for.
Fast-Food – It Doesn’t Have to Make You Fat
Certainly eating whole foods that we bring from home is the best choice to make as often as possible, and we need to avoid what is mostly known as junk food. However, this doesn’t mean you have to accept a fattening and diabetic prone fast food fate when away. With all the modern food additives found in fast food and some restaurant foods, we certainly can’t take supplements or walk and exercise that out of our systems. We can choose healthier alternatives, that are healthy and satisfying at on the go restaurants.
Fat Burning Burgers
Seems like the burger joints are one of the most popular choices of folks on the go. Let’s face it, hamburgers and fries hold a special place in our hearts, arteries and waistlines, and according to recent research, our guts, hormones and brains. The great news is grilled, juicy burgers can be eaten smarter! Just hold the bun and fries, and double up on the protein and veggies.
Not a burger person? No problem. Chicken options abound. Just make sure it’s actually chicken vs. whatever type of mystery meat that’s injected with chicken flavoring. I don’t know about you, but if chicken needs help tasting like a chicken, I think I’ll pass!!
Stir-fry Your Way to Fitness
What about those Asian-inspired options? Well, yes they can work, but watch out for sugary and MSG laden sauces. This sugar and MSG sludge found in orange or sesame chicken literally clogs up not you’re your arteries, but your hormones and breaks down your digestive system. Teriyaki, sweet-and-sour and plum sauces are all very high in sugar. You can do much better. Simply double the veggies in place of rice (fried, sticky, brown, etc.) and choose a beef or chicken option that doesn’t have all of those sticky added sauces.
Tight-buns and Burritos
Admittedly, Mexican food is a personal favorite for the quick fix go to. And though there are plenty of harmful choices such as tortillas, rice and chips, there are smart and yummy options available. How about a burrito bowl or a taco salad with savory guacamole and filled with non-starchy veggies. Spread the hot sauce over as a dressing. These are tasty, nutritious, and truly satisfying.
Smaller Mom & Pop Shops
A good rule of thumb is to stick to the smaller mom-and-pop type businesses if possible. They don’t face the same type of cut throat profit maximizing and biology breaking pressures that most of the mainstream fast-food restaurants face. The smaller shops or chains can be much more known for caring about quality of their ingredients.
Grocery Stores to the Rescue
Many grocery stores these days are offering the closest thing to home cooked you can find while out on the road. Many times you can find quality and a variety of fat burning and health boosting selections. Just remember to fill you “to go” box with plenty of nutrient dense proteins, non-starchy veggies, some good whole food fats to fill you up and keep you satisfied, and lower sugar fruit if you really crave something sweet.
Non-starchy vegetables are typically flowering parts of the plant such as lettuce, cucumber, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Lower sugar fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cantaloupe.
Staying Fit While On The Go
Ok, so trying to stay slim when you are always eating out is a lot tougher than when you’re able to cook it yourself, but no worries. If you pay attention to what you eat and how it’s prepared, you can stay fit and healthy, even at the fast food variety restaurants. Just stay focused on small sustainable steps, and make the best choices possible. Living and eating healthy is just a daily progress, not perfection.