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Chauffeur Advice: Tips for Healthier Fast Food Eating on the Road

When traveling, finding something quick and healthy to eat is a real challenge. Especially when on a business trip consisting of tight schedules, sometimes the only option is fast food. Fortunately, you have viable options for making healthier fast food choices, whether grabbing a bite to eat while at the airport or in the back of Chicago limousine on your way to a meeting.

 

Better Fast Food Choices

 

  • Consider the Fast Food Restaurant—Start by considering the restaurant. Some fast food restaurants are notorious for serving high fat and high-calorie foods, often made from processed ingredients. Instead, choose a restaurant that has a varied menu consisting of grilled or roasted sandwiches, as well as salads. With a little bit of research, you will know which restaurants offer health foods made from fresh ingredients.

 

  • Focus on 500—On average, people eat more than 830 calories in a single fast food meal. A healthier option is to focus on menu items that equal no more than 500 calories.

 

  • Lower Fat / Higher Protein and Fiber—Make sure that you choose foods low in fat but high in protein and fiber. For instance, lean proteins like grilled chicken, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables are always best.

 

  • No Trans Fats—Artificial trans fats are extremely dangerous to your health, which is why you need to always steer clear of deep-fried fast food.

 

  • Reduce Sodium—You also want to keep your daily intake of sodium under 1,500 milligrams. The problem is that one cheeseburger and an order of French fries exceeds that recommendation. Again, choose grilled/roasted meats and healthier sides.

 

  • Avoid Sugar—You may not even be aware of the amount of sugar that you consume when choosing fast food. According to the American Heart Association, women should never have more than six teaspoons and men nine teaspoons of sugar daily. When eating at fast food restaurants, opt for unsweetened tea or water over soda. In addition to drinks, many foods are loaded with sugar. For instance, both sausage and hotcakes from McDonald’s, coleslaw from Popeye’s Chicken, and the apple pecan chicken salad from Wendy’s contain a lot of sugar.

 

  • Be Careful with Portion—Another way to make healthier choices when eating at a fast food restaurant is to pay attention to the portion. Because most meals could easily be cut in half, buy smaller sized products. For instance, instead of a regular hamburger, go with a junior.

 

Less Stress While Traveling

 

When traveling, you have many opportunities to eat healthier fast food. You can also lower overall stress by hiring a Chicago limousine service. In this big city, using a chauffeur-driven Chicago limo creates peace of mind and security.

Posted on Apr 12 2016

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