Amy Culver - The Queen of Lean
July 17, 2007    

Fast Food Meals

Food Tip: Chocolate Mints

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NEWSNutrition: Fast Food Meals

Okay, yeah, we all try our very hardest to stay away from fast food restaurants.  I mean, who hasn’t at least heard about the film “Super Size Me”? 

But the truth is, it can be just about impossible to completely avoid them.  There are those times when you’re traveling and have to stop for a bite and that’s just all that’s around – or at least all that you have time for.

And for all those parents of little ones: yikes!  You want to say yes to a treat now and then, but how do you not succumb to a little temptation yourself?

Well, the truth is that the public has spoken and the fast food industry has listened.  There are some fairly decent choices out there when you find yourself being asked, “Would you like that for here or to go?”  You might be surprised too, at what the best choices are.  In most cases, by the time you add a pack of croutons and even the “light” dressing to a salad, you are looking at calorie and fat amounts similar to a burger and fries.  And here’s the thing – let’s be honest – which is going to satisfy you more?  I mean really, there you sit, watching everyone else eat burgers and fries and you’re gonna be satisfied with that salad? 

The truth is that we’re all much more likely to eat our salad AND start nibbling on the fries that everyone else got.  So, if you are gonna put over 400 calories and 20 grams of fat into your body, why not enjoy it a little?  Make the decision on what you want, limit your portion size and you won’t end up back in the car still wondering what’s for lunch.  To help you out, here are some sample meals:

Burger King

Whopper Jr. (No Mayo)
& Small Fries

520 Calories
25g Fat
57g Carbs
17g Protein
4g Fiber


Hamburger, Small Onion
Rings AND a small
Cherry Icee

550 Calories
19g Fat
80g Carbs
17g Protein
2g Fiber


Taco Bell - - The trick here is to go “Fresco” style on all items.  This means that they leave off the cheese and sauce and replace it with their Fiesta Salsa.

2 Crunchy Taco Supremes
& 1 Side of Mexican Rice

430 Calories
18g Fat
51g Carbs
16g Protein
8g Fiber


2 Chicken Ranchero Tacos
& 1 Side of Pinto Beans

450 Calories
10g Fat
61 Carbs
30g Protein
12g Fiber


McDonalds - - You know the list just can’t be complete without Ronald!  Besides, as the one company who’s received the largest amount of bad press, they’ve been the most pressured to make changes – and they offer some good choices.  For one thing:  their Newman’s Own dressings.  You can have an entire packet of the Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette for only 40 calories and 3 grams of fat.  So if you really do want to chow down on a salad, or even order one on the side for a little extra munch, Mickey D’s is a good place to do it!

Hamburger & Small Fries

500 Calories
22g Fat
61g Carbs
14g Protein
5g Fiber


Honey Mustard Snack
Wrap with Grilled Chicken
& Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

420 Calories
11g Fat
58g Carbs
22g Protein
2g Fiber

So there you have it – next time you are faced with the fast food dilemma, you have some healthy options – and no excuses!


Do you ever have trouble signaling the end of a meal to yourself?  You know what I mean – you just want to keep eating even though you’re full.  One tool I find that really helps me are Chocolate Covered Altoids. 

They give you a little sweet taste, especially if you slowly suck the chocolate off first.  And here’s another hint:  drink some cold water first – then the chocolate lasts quite a bit longer! 

When the chocolate is gone, you are left with a fairly strong mint taste that gives a nice signal to your mouth that you are done eating.  And the best part is that they are only 15 calories for 2 mints!

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