The next time you're away from home or work and very hungry, here are some ideas to get you through the high-fat, carbohydrate, and high calorie fast-food race.
If you find there's nothing to eat but fast food, choose the salad bar or eat salad instead of fried burgers. If you don’t feel like eating salad, have a grilled chicken or veggie wrap. Instead of soda, save 200+ calories by drinking unsweetened iced tea or seltzer/club soda.
Vegetable pizza is a better choice than sausage or pepperoni. Soup is often a good idea, but be careful of cream or milk-based ones. Choose vegetable or broth instead.
If there's nothing but a diner or coffee shop, have a plain, baked potato instead of fries, and ask for your meat to be baked or grilled, instead of fried. Skip the dessert--instead, have applesauce or a fruit cup.
If there's only an ice cream stand, have some sherbet or frozen yogurt and eat a little less at your next meal. Or skip snacking entirely and have a healthier, more robust dinner.
If your only choice is an expensive restaurant, order the vegetable plate du jour or ask them to simply grill a cut of chicken or fish, served with a side of fresh vegetables. "Hold the sauces" tell them, Tell your server to "hold the sauce" or request to have it on the side so you can control how much you put on put on your food.