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Healthy Holiday Living: Fast Food Choices

Posted By Margaret G. Ritchie, Thursday, December 1, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 7, 2016


It is possible to make wise choices and eat a fairly healthy meal if you order carefully while you are traveling during the holiday season.


  1. Instead of french fries or onion rings, order healthy side items—vegetables and fruits such as salads, apple slices, and carrots.
  2. Select from the restaurant’s healthy menu, if available. Most chains have their menu online.
  3. Order the smallest sandwich on the menu.
  4. Ask for grilled chicken instead of fried chicken in sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
  5. Ask for sandwiches without mayonnaise, sauces, and cheese.
  6. Opt for low-fat or low-calorie sauces and dressings such as mustard, fat-free salad dressing, salsa, or barbecue sauce.
  7. Order a main course salad, but be careful. Sometimes salads with a lot of high-fat meats and cheese actually have more calories than a cheeseburger. When it comes to salad dressing, a little can go a long way, so use the smallest amount possible.
  8. Choose lean meats or veggies for subs; try the turkey or grilled chicken breast sub instead of a meatball sub.
  9. For subs, ask that some of the bread be scooped out before it’s assembled and pile on fresh veggies.
  10. Choose sugar-free drinks, such as water (best choice!), unsweetened tea, coffee, or diet soda.

These tips are provided by the American Diabetes Association. 

Tags:  healthy choices  Healthy eating  healthy holidays  holiday season  traveling 

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