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Choosing Healthy Drive-Thru Meals

NB_Fast-Food-(1)Whether you’re running behind in the morning or staying late at the office in the evening, sometimes heading to a restaurant drive-thru often seems like the easiest or maybe even our only meal option.

In these situations, it’s important to know drive-thru eating doesn’t have to be unhealthy. In fact, it’s something even our Cooper Clinic registered dietitian nutritionists do from time-to-time. Fast food restaurants are becoming more health-conscious and are adding lower-calorie food options to their menus. Below, our nutrition team shares the healthy options they order when running short on time.

Kathy Duran-Thal, RDN, LD: “My personal favorite is Chick-fil-A. The menu features products such as grilled chicken nuggets. My other favorite is Kentucky Fried Chicken. I order grilled chicken breast, corn and green beans. I get this at least once a week and get a double order so I can have it for the lunch the next day.”

Meridan Zerner, MS, RDN, CSSP, LD: “I go for the chicken fresco soft taco at Taco Bell because it’s totally reasonable in calories! I’ll also choose the Egg White Delight McMuffin (minus the cheese) from the all-day breakfast menu at McDonald’s.”

Patty Kirk, RDN, LD: “When I need a quick dinner, I pick up Wendy’s chili. It’s a great source of protein and fiber. I’ll take it home and add a quick dark green leafy salad that has been pre-washed. Dinner is ready in less than five minutes!”

Elana Paddock, RDN, LD, CDE: “I love the Grilled Market Salad at Chick-fil-A. It’s packed with fruit from berries to sliced apples and you get protein from the grilled chicken and mixed nuts. It pairs well with their light balsamic dressing. It’s also under 500 calories, contains, 4 g of saturated fat and 7 g of fiber. It’s a very filling fast food option!”

Gillian Gatewood, RDN, LD, CNSC: “I always get the Grilled Market Salad at Chick-fil-A as well!”

Molly Wangsgaard, MS, RDN, LD, NSCA-CPT: “On family road trips, there is always usually a McDonald’s stop. I go for the Egg White Delight McMuffin no matter the time of day. I then pair it with raw veggies from home.”

Colleen Loveland, MS, RDN, LD, CDE:  “I go to Chick-fil-A and order the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with a side of fruit. I always feel good when I practice what I preach, even at the drive- thru. This option provides the protein, carbohydrates (including fiber) and color balance to keep me going.”

Searching for even more healthy fast food options? Check out the nutritional breakdown of  fast food breakfast options and dinner options, compiled by our registered dietitian nutritionists at Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services.

For more information about Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services, visit cooperclinicnutrition.com or call 972.560.2655.

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