If you consider healthy eating to be picking fresh oranges off a tree in your backyard and taking 5 quinoa snack breaks a day, this blog post probably isn’t for you. I love junk food (you know if you’ve read my post about donuts), but I also love it when my pants fit. Eating super healthy and “clean” requires time, energy, and money. Honestly, I’m lucky when I have at least one of those resources going my way. Long story short, this week’s blog post is about how you can eat semi-healthy meals at the same places you usually stuff your face at.
In-N-Out has become one of my favorite places for three reasons (or if your DJ Khaled for 3 major keys). First reason/key- it’s super cheap! I’m always amazed at how affordable In-N-Out is. Second reason/key- it tastes so good and fills up my tummy! When you’re dieting this can seem impossible, but luckily the wonderful people behind this burger joint understand me and my fellow brethren of hungry people. Third reason/key- it’s pretty low in calories if you get your burger protein style!
What I order: Cheeseburger Protein-Style with Onions, or if I went to the gym that day, a Double Double Protein-Style with Onions and a cup of water.
Total calories: 330 for the cheeseburger & 520 for the double double
The way to diet at subway is to remember 3 guidelines: keep your sandwich to a 6-inch, always order wheat bread, and go light on the sauces at the end! The rest of the toppings are pretty healthy for the most part, except for the luxuries such as the meatballs. Yes, I just referred to meatballs as a luxury. When you’re on a diet, anything salty is considered a luxury.
What I order: 6-inch turkey sub on wheat bread with Swiss cheese, avocado slices, lettuce olives, pickles, banana peppers, and lite mayonnaise.
Total calories: 490
El Pollo Loco
Pros: everything has chicken in it. Cons: everything has chicken in it. If you’re in a chicken-kind-of-mood and want the closest thing you can get to Mexican food without all the carbs, El Pollo Loco is your best bet. Also, in the last couple of years they released an entire menu of options that are 500 calories or less. Trust me, dieters love when there are diet menus! It allows us to order without having to be embarrassed about substitutions and modifications! I hate imposing on people by overly modifying my order, so this is a win-win for me and the crazy chicken establishment.
What I order: The Chicken Black Bean Bowl off of the under 500 calories menu
Total calories: 480
I rarely go to Carl’s Junior, but when I do it’s because I’m craving something with barbecue sauce. Sometimes it’s just because it’s Sunday and I haven’t taken a shower yet, so I need to go somewhere with a drive-thru besides McDonald’s.
What I order: Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich (alone, not with the combo!)
Total calories: 390
I know many of you probably don’t like McDonald’s, but let me tell you why they made my list. They’re great for those hard times before payday, they have options, and they’re literally everywhere!
What I order: For breakfast: Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, for Lunch: either a McChicken or a Filet-O-Fish, and for snacks: either a Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait or a Vanilla Ice Cream Cone.
Total calories: Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is 290, McChicken is 380, Filet-O-Fish is 379, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait is 150, and the Vanilla Cone is 170
Since I used to work at a Rubio’s, I don’t stop in here as much as I used to. The food’s good, but sometimes it tastes like bad memories. That’s probably just my situation though…
What I order: One Fish Taco on a corn tortilla and a side of rice
Total calories: The taco is 330 and the rice is 100 calories, equaling 430 calories.
I hope this helps other busy dieters out there!
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