Nutrition Experts

Nutritious fast food lunches
Question:
I'm busy so I often hit the fast food drive through for lunch. What are some nutritious choices?

Answer:
With today's jam–packed schedules, many people are looking for better–for–them 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 nutritious quick picks you'll find on today's menu boards:

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Grilled chicken sandwiches
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Bean burritos
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Salads made with a variety of colorful vegetables and lean toppings such as grilled chicken or turkey breast
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Low–fat or fat–free salad dressings
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Baked potatoes
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Vegetable soups
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"Parfaits" made with low–fat yogurt, fruit and granola
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Cups or bags of fruit
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Low–fat milk and 100% fruit juices
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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 Websites and sometimes in brochures or on the menu boards in the restaurants.