sooner or later this is GOING to happen to you.
where you don’t have ready access to the foods you lovingly prepare (from
recipes from Bariatric Foodie) and for whatever reason you don’t have emergency
snacks either. All there is to choose from is an endless strip of fast food
joints. And you…need to eat.
go to the fast food!” and throw old hags in your path admonishing “beware the
golden arch!” but that’s not realistic. Especially if you live in the U.S. fast
food restaurants are a part of our reality and eventually most of us will end
up inside one and need to make some good decisions.
I’m here to help! Because believe it or not, there ARE decent decisions to be
made in most fast food chains. Remember, they are out to make money. And they
recognize that more and more people are about healthy options. So my guess is
that you’ll see more weight-loss friend (not necessary WLS-friendly) options in
popular fast food chains, keep the following in mind:
- You should NOT use these decent fast food choices to justify eating
fast food too much. That’s just wrong.
- Most fast food chains have their nutrition facts displayed
somewhere or on a leaflet. I think they have to by law. If you don’t see it,
ask the cashier for it and peruse it BEFORE making your selections.
- We have really little stomachs. If you choose to let your
family eat at any of these places and to ride it out with a beverage for
yourself, chances are you are not going to die.
- Lastly, this guide is only MY suggestions. You may have others and I encourage you to share them! But bottom line: there is virtually NO situation after surgery that is insurmountable if you have a strategy.
if I did not love a McD’s fry hands down back inna day! Nowadays I have a “three
fry rule.” The divas, if they choose to get fries, are allowed to give me
three. That’s it! Here’s what I usually order for myself when I go to McDonald’s.
noteworthy that their Egg McMuffin is about 300 calories and seems the best
choice on the menu. But whenever I go for breakfast and I get the same thing I
list for a snack which is…
(yes, even in the winter) with non-fat milk. Lattes read as a snack in my pouch
for some reason and if I start drinking sweet for some reason I can’t do salty,
making it easier to resist the devilishly delicious fries. Anyhoo, a medium one
(which is what I get) will set you back 160
calories, 0g fat (if you ask for nonfat milk), 21g carbs, 8g protein.
comes with mixed field greens, tomatoes, black beans, corn, shredded cheese,
either grilled or crispy chicken (I get the grilled of course) and a lime wedge.
TIP: Ask for it without the crispy tortilla strips they usually add to the top
and use the lime wedge instead of dressing. This nifty little salad will run
you 290 calories, 8g fat, 28g carbs (this is factoring in the tortilla strips
you are asking to be left off though), 7g fiber and 27g protein.
the joy of Wendy’s chili!
you just don’t feel like cooking. A small chili (which seems to be the norm) is
210 calories, 6g fat, 21g carbs, 6g
fiber and 17g protein. A great choice!
I don’t recall ever eating breakfast there and their website doesn’t have a
with a packet of low-fat dressing for a snack. That + a few of the divas
chicken nuggets gets me over the hump.
They have HALF-SALADS!!! God bless you, Wendy’s. I love both the Apple Chicken
Pecan half-salad, which clocks in at 340
calories, 18g fat (much of that from the nuts), 29g carbs, 4g fiber and 19g
protein. The other one I’ve tried is Berry-Almond Chicken half-salad which
is 280 calories, 12g fat, 24g carbs, 4g
fiber and 21g protein.
I have tried the Dorito Taco), it’s always going to be a place where you have
to make manual adjustments. If you don’t want to take in all the carbs of a
tortilla, I highly recommend simply removing them. Their salads aren’t worth
the calories and fat.
basic meal choices. I like both the chicken and steak fresco tacos. Both come in at 150 calories each. The
chicken has 3.5g fat, 18g carbs, 2g
fiber and 11g protein. The steak has 4g
fat, 19g carbs, 2g fiber and 9g protein.
toward the pintos ‘n cheese. To me, the fat sort of negates most of its benefit
(although depending on your surgery type this may or may not be problematic)
BUT if you are stuck there, it’s an option!!! An order has 180 calories, 7g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber and 2g protein.
controversy surrounding this place lately. I will not be discussing it (NOTE: I
will also not be publishing comments that discuss it as this is a FOOD blog!).
That’s the beauty of the Foodie-world. Our politics are in the stats.
Everything else is up to the individual.
That being said, there are some real landmines at CFA. Some of their shakes are
equivalent to a fully mature post-op’s full day’s caloric budget! But there are
still a few good options.
suppresses the appetite until you can get to something better. They also have milk. That works as well.
out, it’s probably best to keep driving until you reach a 7-Eleven and get
yourself a Muscle Milk! For those of us who can make up the protein elsewhere,
their fruit cup is a nice little snack at 70 calories, 0g fat, 17g carbs (fruit
sugar) and 1g protein. They also have a side salad which is 70 calories 2.5g
fat, 5g carbs, 5g protein (it comes with shredded cheese which is where the fat
and protein come from).
salads are great. I am partial to the Southwest Chargrilled which is 250 calories, 9g fat, 19g carbs, 6g fiber
and 26g protein.
I’m going to stop there. I know there are more fast food
restaurants out there and if you’d like my picks for them, leave the name of
the restaurant in the comments! For what it’s worth, here are a few places that
get an absolute F:
- Burger King: they have a salad. Kinda. The next
least objectionable thing to do is get a Whopper, Jr. and remove the bun. Work
on that, BK!
- Arby’s: I had to stop there once on the way back
from Pittsburgh and ended up picking the roast beef out of a roast beef
sandwich that I then tossed because it had that gooey fake tasting cheese crap
on it. Yuck!
- Popeye’s: Some of you will argue me down on the
red beans/rice. The few times I have allowed myself to go there (and I avoid it
because I DO like the food, not because I don’t) I got them to give me red beans
but no rice. Enhhh…they could do better. I know there are SOME healthy eaters
in New Orleans, dangit!!!
- Kentucky Fried Chicken: yes, yes, I know they
have Kentucky GRILLED chicken now. And I’ve gotten sick every time I’ve eaten
it. It is either too greasy or too dry. Other than that, what are our choices?
find yourself in the fast food quadrant. When there, remember the immortal
words of Albus Dumbledore. “There will come a time when we must all decide
between what is right and what is easy.” Make the RIGHT choices, Foodies!
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