It's a well-known fact that fast food is generally unhealthy, so if you want to start living a healthier lifestyle and eating a better diet, how do you manage without the extra time needed to make home-cooked food each day? Here are five ways you can make food fast healthier and make better choices.
1. Go vegetarian
Because of all the processed meat which is being circulated today, going vegetarian is a quick and easy way to choose a healthier option every time. Even fast food chains such as McDonald's have vegetarian burgers, and as well as being less calories than other types of burgers, they don't contain as much badness either. Or go with a salad topped with grilled chicken. That is one of my favorites!
2. Go without sauce
When you eat fast food, a lot of the sugar, calories and unhealthy features come from the sauce they use. If you ask for your food without sauce, or at least order it on the side so you can use as little as you want, you'll be making a healthier option straight away. You can either swap the sauce to a healthier one, bring your own along or just get used to eating without it.
3. Skip the sides
You don't always need to get sides with your fast food, and many of us order sides such as fries out of habit or because it comes as part of a deal. In most cases, we wouldn't be hungry any more after just eating the main part of the meal, so there's really no need to add on the extras just because it's a deal or a habit. Oh ... in most cases, you don't need to "super-size" it either as that is just more of the same unhealthy food that is not good for you.
4. Don't use as much salt
If you're ordering fries which already come with salt, ask them to make them without salt. Too much salt adds to an increase in blood pressure, which can result in a variety of health issues, such as strokes and heart attacks. If you ask for your food without salt, the staff will usually have to make it fresh, which means you'll get better-tasting food too.
5. Go for the smaller option
If you normally order a large meal, choose a medium one instead. Most of the time, the medium sized meals aren't much smaller than the large ones anyway, and the drinks especially can often fit into the same sized cup. Not only will you reduce the amount of calories and salt that you're consuming, but you'll save plenty of money over the course of the month too.