Fast food can also be healthy
Do you and
your family love eating fast food but generally kill your craving for the sake
of health? Don't worry, there's good news for all the lovers of fast food. Even
you can prepare or choose healthy fast food and enjoy the same taste.
Tips to choose healthy fast food in restaurants:
Menu selection plays very
crucial role. Always order dishes with more vegetables and leaner meats. Try to
avoid dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded,
creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin or in cream sauce as they are
high in calories.
When it comes to beverage,
don't drink soda, it has lots of hidden calories. Try adding a little lemon to
your water or ordering unsweetened iced tea.
Checking the dressing is also
very important as dressings like spreads, cheese, and sour cream are high in
calories. Always undress your food and try to add ketchups and mustard yourself
according to the taste and requirement.
You can always ask to prepare
your food little differently which will bring a huge difference for your
health. For instance, ask for olive oil and vinegar for your salads or order
the dressing "on the side" and spoon only a small amount on at a
time. If your food is fried or cooked in oil or butter, ask to have it broiled
Deciding on size is also
important. Don't supersize anything, have a small portion.
Do remember, fast foods are
very high on salt, so never add more sodium; this may result to high blood
Chew your food more thoroughly
and avoid eating on the run. Eat mindfully, mindful eating relaxes you, so you
digest better, and makes you feel more satisfied.
Cooking tips for healthy fast food:
Sauces are the important part
of fast foods, try to choose healthier sauces. Like mustard is healthier than
Make a list of the ingredients
of your favorite fast food and try to get the lighter or healthier versions of
the products from nearest grocery store which you can swap them for.
The cooking method is one of
the most significant factors affecting how healthy something is. Rather than
using frying, grilling or oven cooking is generally much better. Grilling in
particular gives meat a great taste and makes sure all the fat drips out of the
meat during cooking.
Here is a healthy
Macaroni and Cheese recipe for you to try!
1-16 oz box of whole
1 T Smart Balance or
1 T flour
1 C milk
Salt & pepper to
16 oz your family's
favorite cheese, shredded, crumbled, or in slices
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain well and set aside.
In the same pot, melt Smart Balance or
butter over medium heat;
Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.
Slowly add milk, whisking constantly to
Simmer for a couple of minutes until
thickened, whisking occasionally. Turn heat to low.
Whisk in salt, pepper, cheese and any
optional ingredients until the cheese is thoroughly melted. Remove from heat.
Add pasta and stir until coated.Fold in boosters as desired. If consistency is too thick, add a splash
of milk and stir over low heat. Let cool.
your kids will enjoy the fast food and you will be happy as they are healthy.
(Source: helpguide.org, ehow.com, kids-cooking.suite101.com)