The Best Fast-Food Meals Under 500 Calories - US Study
Jun 18, 2009 09:59
How serious can you be when you're talking to a clown? Millions of us
face that problem as we approach the drive-thru squawk box—ornamented
with those wacky fast-food characters—and go all Goofy with our orders.
No wonder so many of us weigh more than we want to.
had exactly that problem. He was a busy guy, so he hit the drive-thru
five times a week. The drive-thru hit back, to the tune of 50 extra
pounds that Dustin didn't need to be carrying. But when he reached 250
pounds, he used Eat This, Not That! and, armed with the information he needed, started talking to the clown--but this time without speaking nonsense.
on delicious entrees like the ones you'll learn about below, he shed
more than 10 pounds a month! Now he's down to 215, and well on his way
to his goal of 200 pounds. And he's still eating at the restaurants he
loves—he's just eating smarter. To help you do the same, here are some
of the recommended Eat This! fast-food meals under 500 calories.
Less Than 500 Calories at Dunkin' Donuts Ham, Egg & Cheese English Muffin Sandwich with English Breakfast Tea 350 calories 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,045 mg sodium
muffins have a fraction of the carbohydrates of a bagel, and none of
the trans fats of the donuts and croissants. The antioxidant-rich tea
is also a great way to begin your day.
Less Than 500 Calories at Hardee's BBQ Chicken Sandwich with a small side of Cole Slaw 490 calories 16 g fat (3g saturated fat) 1,340 mg sodium
sauce and a reasonably-sized side dish keep this meal in the safe zone.
Just opt for a water, rather than a Hardee's shake or malt, and you're
good to go. And if you want to steer clear of the liquid disasters that
can blow up your waistline without your knowing it, be sure to check
out some of these other worst beverages in America.
Less Than 500 Calories at KFC 3 Crispy Strips with Green Beans and 3" Corn on the Cob, and a Medium Diet Pepsi 475 calories 22.5 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,200 mg sodium
a side of green beans for a good source of vitamins K, A, and C—key
players in maintaining strong bones and reducing cancer-causing free
radicals. The corn on the cob will also help fill you up with minimal
added calories. Just beware the dipping sauces—choosing BBQ over Ranch
can save you over 100 calories.
Less Than 500 Calories at McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich with a Side Salad with Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, and a Medium Iced Tea 480 calories 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat) 1,945 mg sodium
calories doesn't mean your meal is healthy. For example: The Grilled
Chicken Classic Sandwich matches the Quarter Pounder without cheese
when it comes to caloric content—but the chicken has no trans fats,
while the burger does. Choose the sandwich and side salad for a good
combination of protein and veggies.
Less Than 500 Calories at Pizza Hut Two Slices Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza (12") with Quartered Ham & Pineapple, and Medium Diet Coke 360 calories 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat) 1,110 mg sodium
of which pizza chain you favor, ham and pineapple is one of the most
trusted combinations you can order. Ham adds extra protein to balance
out the crust's carbohydrate load, while pineapple adds low-cal
sweetness and a dose of antioxidants.
Less Than 500 Calories at Taco Bell Two Fresco Soft Beef Tacos with Mexican Rice, and a bottle of water 470 calories 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,760 mg sodium
almost any menu item "fresco" style and the Bell boys will replace
cheese and sauces with a chunky tomato salsa, cutting calories and fat
by at least 25 percent. Beyond being nutritious, salsa is also
cheap—check out our list of the other healthiest cheap foods you can eat. Finally, the Mexican rice adds a tasty little side (just 110 extra calories) that'll help fill you up without filling you out.
Less Than 500 Calories at Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich with Mandarin Orange Cup and small Nestea Sweetened Iced Tea 500 calories 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat) 983 mg sodium
is the healthiest sandwich on the menu. Don't order your chicken spicy,
though: That's their cue to fry, rather than grill, your bird, tacking
on an extra 9.5 fat grams. Adding a small citrus fruit cup side is also
a great, low-calorie way to add sweetness—and cold-fighting vitamin
C—to your meal.
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