“I can barely taste the difference”
My mantra = eat. real. food. But sometimes, real food isn’t there. And other times, you have your period. So you really just want to have fast food.
My problem with fast food, more than anything, is the industry’s general treatment of animals. I don’t go overboard, but I try to minimize my support of fast food restaurants for that reason alone. Emphasis on “try.”
Of course, there are obvious health hazards related to eating fast food regularly. But of course health matters vary based on your personal circumstances and level of activity. The occasional fast food meal won’t make or break you.
In any event, sometimes fast food is what’s there. Here are a few decent options.
McDonald’s: South West Chicken Salad
Remember those gross salad shakers McDonald’s use to have?
What on earth were they thinking?
Those days are long gone, my friends. The Southwest Chicken Salad is actually super delicious and yummy. It has mixed greens, chicken, beans, cheese and some little tortilla chips. The ingredients are reliably fresh, at least in my experience.
It’s also really cheap, as far as salads go in New York, around 5 – 7$ depending on the location. As a comparison, a lunch salad in the city is usually around $12-15 dollars.
McDonalds: Vanilla Cone
The McDonald’s Vanilla Cone is truly a hidden gem. It’s nothing less than a tragedy how few people know of its existence.
Dude, this stuff looks and tastes like ice cream. But it only has 170 calories. And 5G of protein. It’s not a bad choice – I have it quite often.
Plus – it’s like .99 cents. Some locations even have an extra small size. Ask for a “kid’s cone.”
“Can I have a Kid’s Cone please? But make it for 28 year olds.”
Wendy’s: Chili + Baked Potato or Side Salad
Some of the best moments of my life were moments I spent eating Wendy’s chili. Depressing? Yes. True? Very.
If it weren’t for Wendy’s Chili, I’d never have any excuse to eat saltines. And I love saltines very much.
I usually get my Chili with a baked potato + sour cream and chives. Alternatively, I get the caesar side salad, and dump the chili on top of it.
Wendy’s: Everything You Actually Want, But in a Tiny Version
If you happen to find yourself at Wendy’s, and you actually want the real stuff, you’re in luck. Wendy’s has itsy bitsy versions of quite a few menu items.
Just ask for the “value size.” And yes, they have tiny Frosty’s too.
Bonus Sauce: Even though your fries and nugs are now tiny, the BBQ sauce stays the same size.
No, this soda is not enormous.
Burger King: Ceasar Salad
Burger King’s salad is not nearly as good as McDonald’s, but at least the ingredients have appeared fresh in my experience. And it isn’t gross. At the very least it’s better than getting a Whopper.
Taco Bell: Fresco Menu
Taco Bell has a light menu, called the “Fresco Menu.” These are decent choices, calorie-wise. In fact, pretty much any soft taco is a decent option. The Bell also has rice in a styrofoam cup. #epitomeofclass
“I’ll have one of everything, please. Actually, make that two.”
A word of caution: these items are not exactly filling.
I find that the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes are far more suited to my tastes. Not terrible. 270 calories. Could be worse – I could be eating an entire antelope followed by a jar of Nutella.
These are just a few decent fast food options – I’m sure there are many more out there.
I’d love to hear your recommendations.
…Together, we can make sure that no fast food item will ever go uneaten.
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