Choose Wisely While Hitting the Drive-Thru

Good news in the fight against childhood obesity: McDonald’s has agreed to incorporate and advertise healthier options on their menu. The fast food chain was influenced by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

That means that coming soon McDonald’s will offer a choice of salad, fresh fruit or vegetable in substitute for French fries in value meals. It’s also agreed to promote and market only water, milk and orange juice as drinks available in happy meals.

Consumers can also expect more nutrition fun facts and well-being messages marketed toward children from the chain.

Meanwhile, Burger King has just launched “Satisfries,” which are French fries with 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories. While McDonald’s and Burger King seem to be on board with making meals healthier, not every fast food chain has jumped on the bandwagon.

When you get a craving or just don’t feel like cooking and decide to hit the drive-thru, you can choose wisely to save precious calories for you and your family.

SKIP THE CONDIMENTS
Burgers and chicken sandwiches aren’t nearly as fattening when they’re not loaded with mayonnaise or zesty ranch sauces. Order your entrée without mayo or other creamy sauces, in favor of ketchup or mustard, which are not fattening.

When ordering a salad, choose a low-fat dressing that is not cream-based, like a vinaigrette. Avoid salads that already have the dressing mixed in.

DON’T DRINK YOUR CALORIES
Ordering an extra-large soft drink will add major calories to your meal. Do not choose soda, sweetened tea, lemonade or ice cream shakes to accompany your meal. Instead, favor water, low-fat milk or unsweetened tea to wash it all down.

SUBSTITUTE THE FRENCH FRIES
French fries are loaded with saturated fat, sodium and calories. Choose a side salad, yogurt, fruit, or any other healthy option the chain has available. Don’t be shy about bringing your own fresh fruits and veggies to the restaurant, or add them to the meal at home.



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