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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants

As I continue my thoughts on "personal order" - another area that I have been working on this month is getting back into the habit of eating healthy. I find that as I grow older, I gain more and more knowledge about what is healthy and unhealthy. But as I grow older, I also discover new foods that I love that aren't the healthiest! This creates an inner struggle for me.

Psalm 63:1-5 says "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you...Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you... My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."

Many homes in America are suffering from food idolatry. We have stuffed ourselves so full with food that we have not realized that our true hunger of the heart is for Jesus. We are starving for Jesus. Rather than unwinding with a bag of Cheetos or chocolates - seek God for 15 minutes in his word. You will be surprised how fulfilling your time alone with God will be to your soul! As the Psalmist said - when he earnestly sought God - his "soul was satisfied as with the richest of foods."

So with my husband on board, we have determined to make better choices this month! Our family does not usually eat out - but when we do this list will help us. Maybe it will help you also?These restaurants are taken from the authors of "Eat This Not That!" and from a recent article on MSN's Health and Fitness Page, here are some of the healthiest Fast Food Restaurants and why:

Chick-fil-A: A-
Between the breakfast and lunch menus, there are only two entrées at Chick-fil-A that break 500 calories, a rare feat in the fast-food world. What this means is that you can't possibly do too much harm—especially if you stick to the chicken. And unlike the typical fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A offers a list of sides that goes beyond breaded and fried potatoes and onions. (Just beware the large cole slaw, which adds an extra 600 calories to your daily intake!) That's why we dub the Atlanta-based chicken shack one of our all-time favorite fast-food restaurants.

Survival strategy: The worst thing you can do is supplement your meal with a milkshake—not a single cup has fewer than 600 calories. And instead of nuggets or strips, look to the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwiches, which average only 320 calories apiece.

Subway: A-
A menu based on lean protein and vegetables is always going to score well in our book. With more than half a dozen sandwiches under 300 calories, plus a slew of soups and healthy sides to boot, Subway can satisfy even the pickiest eater without breaking the caloric bank. But, despite what Jared may want you to believe, Subway is not nutritionally infallible: Those rosy calorie counts posted on the menu boards include neither cheese nor mayo (add 160 calories per 6-inch sub), and some of the toasted subs, like the Meatball Marinara, contain hefty doses of calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

Survival strategy: Cornell researchers have discovered a "health halo" at Subway, which refers to the tendency to reward yourself or your kid with chips, cookies, and large soft drinks because the entrée is healthy. Avoid the halo, and all will be well.

Cici's Pizza Buffet: B+
Cici's began in Texas in 1985 and now boasts more than 600 locations, proving definitively that Americans love a good buffet. The good news for our waistlines is that the crust is moderately sized, and the pizza comes in varieties beyond simple sausage and pepperoni. But if you check your willpower at the door, you're probably better off skipping the pizza buffet entirely.

Survival strategy: It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your body it's full, so start with a salad and then proceed slowly to the pizza. Limit yourself to the healthier slices like the Zesty Vegetable, Alfredo, and the Olé, which is a Mexican-inspired pie with only 108 calories per slice.

McDonald’s: B+
The world-famous burger baron has come a long way since the days of Fast Food Nation—at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats are mostly gone, the number of gut-wrecking calorie bombs are now fewer than ever, and the menu holds plenty of healthy options such as salads and yogurt parfaits. Don't cut loose at the counter just yet, though. Too many of the breakfast and lunch sandwiches still top the 500-calorie mark, and the dessert menu is fodder for some major belly-building.

Survival strategy: The Egg McMuffin remains one of the best ways to start your day in the fast-food world. As for the later hours, you can splurge on a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder, but only if you skip the fries and soda, which add an average of 590 calories onto any meal.

Taco Bell: B+
Taco Bell combines two things with bad nutritional reputations: Mexican food and fast food. The result should be horrendous, yet somehow it works out so that a little prudence at the ordering window can bag you a meal with fewer than 500 calories. The potential for belly-building is still there, but the calorie bombs are generally easy to spot. And to limit the chances of a mistake, Taco Bell reengineered some of its classic items and listed them under the Fresco Menu for a savings of up to 10 grams of fat per item.

Survival strategy: Grilled Stuft Burritos, anything served in a bowl, and anything prepared with multiple "layers" are your worst options. Instead, order any combination of two of the following: crunchy tacos, bean burritos, or anything on the Fresco menu.

Wendy's: B+
Scoring a decent meal at Wendy's is just about as easy as scoring a bad one, and that's a big compliment for a burger joint. Options such as chili and baked potatoes offer the side-order variety that's missing from less-evolved fast-food chains like Dairy Queen and Carl's Jr. Plus they offer a handful of Jr. Burgers that don't stray far over 300 calories. And for our money, the 1/4-pound single is one of the best substantial burgers in the industry. Where they err is in their recently expanded line of desserts and a lackluster selection of beverages. But you're happy just drinking water, right?

Survival strategy: The grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps don't have more than 320 calories, which is less than even a small order of French fries. Choose the chicken or a small burger and pair it with a healthy side, and then hit the door before you receive the 500-calorie penalty for giving in to your Frosty hankering.

"So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (I Corinthians 10:31)

Walk with the King!

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Blogger Regina Coblentz said...

Thanks for the wonderful tips. As I said before, I am doing that book, "A Woman of Moderation" & I am loving it. I'm learning so much about myself. This is my second week & I know I will overcome this horrible sin I have had in my life for so long since I was a little girl. Eating was a huge thing in my family & it's interesting how Satan likes to be so sneaky that I didn't even realize what was going on. I am just reaping what I sowed. My body has taken a tole from the sin I have been doing for the last 20 years of my life. But I know that the Lord has mercy & he has given me the opportunity to admit my sin & by his grace has forgiven me. He has revealed so many things to be since I have started this book & have been getting up for 2 weeks now to have quiet time before the kids get up. I have felt such a blessing from him & I prayed for him to give me the desire & the cravings for his word. I am so excited because he is answering my prayers. I crave & desire what his word has to teach me. I pray for wisdom as I go about my day. Wisdom to make the right choices so I can glorify him in all I do. Thanks for the tips so when I do go out that I make the best choices as possible.

March 25, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Gina Gina - this is why I love you! I love your openness and humility! You are a blessing to my heart! Thank you for sharing - you are NOT alone! I LOVE the book A Woman of Moderation! That's what I long to be!

Have you tried fasting yet according to some of the book's guidelines? It has been an amazing experience to fast (and this book has been one that has taught me how to do that!)- first it breaks the chains that the flesh has to our food and secondly the intimacy with God has no comparison during the fast.

If you haven't tried it - I encourage you to give it a whirl! I'd be happy to do it together - we could pick a day and hold each other accountable!

Press on sista! I love you!

March 25, 2009 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... has a blog every week where they review popular fast food places and find the healthiest items on the menu! Of course, I enjoy reading all of the healthy living blogs they post!!

March 25, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Miss Eve said...

Thanks for these great advices! Hope you have a nice day, love: Evi

March 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Melodie - thanks for the link - I checked it out and they do have great stuff! Thanks!

March 25, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Super Healthy Kids said...

We hardly ever eat out, but for spring break we are going on a trip! So this will be good information to have.

March 25, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous KimmyA said...

Oh man I cant believe how many calories I have consumed over the years at some of these places. And to think running on the treadmill for a half hour burns only about 375 about a sandwich worth...not even the fries and drink too!!Ahhh!! I hate to know the truth but it needs to be heard I suppose!! Thanks for the info!I'm still truly shocked that ChickFilA got the same rating as Subway!GUess its light mayo and no cheese for me from now on!

March 30, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

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