Wouldn’t it be ideal if fast food wasn’t full of inexpensive, fattening, sugar-filled items (not to mention the soaring sodium contents)? It would be even better if the healthier options weren’t so unreasonably priced and limited to relatively fewer options.
You may be hard pressed to find a good quality fresh fruit at most cafe chains, but even when you do, the price may be higher than you’d expect. A banana at a cafe chain may cost you a dollar when you can get the same piece of fruit (and likely a better quality) at a grocery store for much less (59 – 99 cents per lb). Considering how far your dollar may go, you”ll get much better value for a gut-bomb 3 piece chicken nuggets or a hamburger than you will for your heart-healthy choices.
Tired of spending time trying to figure out if something is indeed a healthier choice?:
Take a venture into my utopia and discover natures perfect fast food:
The new deal – grab an apple or orange or follow these tips:
Spend less time looking at the ingredients and deciphering the label. If it’s got 5 or less (real-food) ingredients, no additives, great! This means you don’t have to wonder if Vitamin A Palmitate is good or bad for you. (Nor will you have to wonder if an ingredient is produced in a lab.) And if they are real-food ingredients (fruit, vegetable, whole grains, nuts…) and no added sugars or fats, even better. That would mean the sugars and fats (and healthy fats at that) would be coming straight from your whole foods and not added in. And if its got a little honey, that’s your call – sure it’s an added sugar. But if it’s minimal enough to keep the total sugars within reason, I’d say OK. Better yet, grab a piece of fresh fruit. It’s quick and simple, tasty, truly all-natural and there’s no label.
And if you still want to read labels, here are some pointers.
Until my utopia comes into fruition, here are some heart-healthy “fast foods” you can quickly make at home or buy at a grocery store:
Q: How do you fix up a quick and easy, healthy snack? Q: What are some of your healthier “fast food finds”?
An RD Behind the Plate,