Topic updated: November 2012

Junk Food

Eating Out and Eating Well

On average, teens eat at fast-food restaurants twice each week. As a result, they are probably taking in a lot of extra calories and fat. Just one super-sized fast-food meal of a sandwich, fries, and soda can have more calories, fat, and added sugar than people need in an entire day.

The best approach is to limit the amount of fast food you eat. And when you do eat at fast-food restaurants, choose the healthier options. Check out these fast-food tips:

  • Order garden or grilled chicken salads with low-fat dressings.
  • Limit fried foods (french fries, onion rings, or fried chicken and fish).
  • Choose grilled chicken.
  • Order a plain burger without cheese and bacon.
  • Buy the smallest sandwich on the menu.
  • Use mustard or ketchup, which have less fat than mayonnaise.
  • Order water or low-fat or fat-free milk.
  • Pick vegetable toppings for your pizza, such as peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Or, try pizza without cheese.

Read more about eating healthy while eating out, from GirlsHealth.gov

 

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