With today's jam-packed schedules, many people are looking for healthy food—fast! And fast food restaurants are offering a growing number of options that fit the bill. In fact, some restaurants offer entire lines of "lighter" items.
Here are some of the healthier quick picks you'll find on today's menu boards:
Grilled chicken sandwiches
Salads made with a variety of colorful vegetables and lean toppings such as grilled chicken or turkey breast
Low-fat or fat-free salad dressings
"Parfaits" made with low-fat yogurt, fruit and granola
Low-fat milk and 100% fruit juices
Bottled water and diet soft drinks
If you crave "traditional" fast food such as such as burgers, fries and chicken nuggets, enjoy them once in a while, but choose the smallest size.
It pays to do your homework before you place your order. Check the nutrition information for favorite menu items so you can plan your order. Major chains provide this information on their Web sites and sometimes in brochures or on the menu boards in the restaurants.