4 diet-busting fast-food lunches to skip (and what to order instead)

Published on Tue Jul 06 19:32:00 UTC 2010
Brierley Wright

4 diet-busting fast-food lunches to skip (and what to order instead)

I recently blogged about fast-food breakfasts that sound healthy, but aren’t—ones that duped even me, a registered dietitian—and I received dozens of (passionate!) responses on EatingWell’s Facebook page. Some readers commented on how fast food can’t possibly be healthy.

I’m debunking that myth: sometimes fast food can be healthy. Here are 4 diet-busting fast-food lunches to skip—plus lighter options to order or make at home and bring along. Because sometimes we don’t want to—or don’t have time to—make three meals a day at home, I'm offering healthier takeout options. (Click here to find lunch ideas for 350 calories or less.)

 

Salads

As much as we wish they did, the words “salad” and “healthy” don’t always go hand-in-hand.

 

Soup

Soup can be a great, low-calorie lunch or a filling addition to a meal. In fact, studies show that soup produces greater feelings of satiety than other types of food. But beware—even smaller servings of soups can pack more calories and fat than you bargain for.

 

Turkey Sandwich

Who knew a sandwich made with turkey, a lean source of protein, could reach upwards of 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat?

 

Burritos

Despite being packed with veggies, lean meat and on a whole-wheat tortilla, burritos can offer an exceptionally high number of calories and fat.

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