Before we dive into things, here’s a little disclaimer for you all to read:
Traditional fast food places will never be ‘healthy’. They’re not designed to provide you with healthy meals and you shouldn’t expect them to. As a result, we’re not supposed to eat out at fast food joints all the time. They should be a one-off thing we enjoy now and then!
Having said that, there are ways you can make fast food healthier for you. Remember, this won’t make it the healthiest thing in the world, but it can stop the food from being absolutely terrible. This way, you can enjoy your little treat without feeling as guilty as you normally would.
So, what exactly can you do? Here are three tricks to try the next time you order food:
Ask for no salt with your fries
If you’re ordering fries from a fast-food restaurant, ask the people if they can give you them without any salt. Some places can do this, but others might not - it depends on how they cook the fries. Usually, most places will cook them and then add a load of salt after to make them taste nicer.
The problem is they add too much salt, making these fries insanely bad for you. If you get them with no salt, you lower the sodium content of the meal, making it better for your heart.
Order pizza without the cheese
This may seem blasphemous to a lot of you, but ordering pizza without cheese is a great way to make it healthier. There are plenty of pizza places open late, making this fast food one of the most popular evening snacks. You feel peckish in the evening, so you order a nice big pizza. It tastes amazing, but all of the melted cheese is super bad for you.
For starters, the place might use really poor-quality cheese that’s high in fat. Then, it melts and you get all the fat and oil on there mixing together. It really is a recipe for cholesterol! Instead, have a marinara pizza - which is just a pizza with tomato sauce and no cheese. You can add toppings if you want, or put some on at home. You still get a delicious pizza, but without all the added fat and oil.
Don’t ask for sauces
This trick mainly applies to things like burgers, but it can apply to other types of fast food as well. Basically, when you get a burger, you have something that’s not crazily unhealthy. Sure, the burger is quite fatty and greasy, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world to eat.
The issue is when you start adding everything to the burger. Mainly, you get loads of really fatty sauces full of things that aren’t good for you. If you stop asking for sauces and get things plain, it will be way healthier. Then, you can add your own sauce at home, using low-fat and healthier versions.
See, it’s not impossible to take your favorite fast food meals and make them just a little bit healthier. You still get the pleasure of eating a nice treat, but without all the added guilt after.