The healthiest way to eat will always be to grow your own food and prepare it yourself! I wish I had a farm and unlimited time to do that. There are plenty of healthy meals that you can make in your own kitchen that are so good for you and so yummy. But sometimes we find ourselves in a crunch for time, exhausted, or just out with friends, and we want a quick bite to eat. So we head out to the closest fast food joint. Although I do believe we could do better for ourselves, there are healthier options at every restaurant to choose from. Let me give you some ideas so that next time you find yourself at the drive thru, you can choose the best option!

Chipotle

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Grilled chicken salad with extra chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, no rice, no dressing

This is a great alternative to that humungous burrito you could have ordered! With the delicious pico de gallo on this salad, you won’t need any dressing.

Chic-Fil-A

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Market Salad with extra grilled chicken

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Grilled Chicken Nuggets

Packed with protein, these little grilled nuggets are perfect to keep you full. Order it with a side of fruit, and you’re set!

McDonalds

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Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad with no tortilla strips

I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy this salad was when I was in a bind for time one day and I stopped by to get this.

In-N-Out

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Hamburger or Cheeseburger PROTEIN STYLE

This is my favorite one! Did you know that In-N-Out has a secret menu? This is one of the “secrets!” If you order your normal burger “protein style,” then it comes with lettuce instead of a bun. You guys, this is SO GOOD!

Panda Express

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with steamed veggies as a side 

Panda Express may be one of the most unhealthy places you can eat, BUT when your family or friends want to eat that yummy food, you can go and choose the best option! The grilled chicken and veggies is a perfect combo.

Salad And Go

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Protein Box with chicken, potato, and hard boiled egg

Salad And Go is a great drive thru place that serves pretty healthy food. They have this combination option on the kids’ menu. Its called a Protein Box, and it gives you a serving of chicken and allows you to choose 2 servings of whatever you want from the salad bar. I recommend getting a hard boiled egg and sweet potato! If you want a treat, it comes with a chocolate milk, too!

Extra Tips

My tips for eating out aren’t any big secret. Every restaurant you go to has a “healthier” option. You just have to look and do a little digging on that menu. Don’t be afraid to be picky when ordering. You are allowed to ask for a “tweak” in your meal to make it healthier.

Always add extra protein. Adding extra chicken or egg or yogurt will help you feel happy and full throughout the day.

Order water. instead of high calorie, sugar-filled drinks.

Watch your portions. Especially at sit-down restaurants. Their portions are almost always too big. One easy trick is to ask the waiter to box up half of your entrée before they bring it to you. Then you will have the perfect sized dinner and leftovers!

 

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