Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies - Chef Abbie Gellman MS, RD, CDN

Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies

Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies

Do you feel like you’re constantly busy or chained to a desk with little to no down time? Life seems to have turned into a constant go-go-go, from the moment the alarm shrieks until it’s time to go to sleep. If this sounds familiar, you likely are feeling anxiety and stress, which easily can turn into less-than-healthful eating habits, such as turning to fast food a bit too often.

A sedentary lifestyle paired with consuming too much fried food and red and processed meat and not enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains may lead to increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, nutrition deficits and a range of other ailments. However, there’s more to fast food than highly processed, fatty, salty meals or sugary treats.

Tips for healthier fast food

– Look for foods lower in saturated fat and higher in fiber
– Focus on lean meats and plant-based protein sources such as beans and avoid fried meats
– Bring your own nutrient-dense sides and add-ons such as dried fruit, nuts, homemade salad dressing, yogurt, etc.
– Be mindful of portion size and stop eating when you’re satisfied
– Learn menu descriptions and steer clear of dishes that are labeled creamy, battered, breaded, crispy and include butter or oil sauces, which typically contain more calories
– Stick to water for a beverage

Next time you find yourself about to order that fried crispy chicken sandwich, take a moment and consider an alternate choice. You’ll likely feel better afterward and your body will thank you!

Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies

Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, is a New York City-based registered dietitian and chef. Check out her site and blog at Culinary Nutrition Cuisine, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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4 thoughts on “Healthy Fast Foods: Tips and Strategies

  1. Before you buy it think if you actually need it and make a list of things you actually need before you go in a store. like your going into a grocery store you make a list of food you need to buy. Thanks for sharing.

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