We have all been there. After a long 8-10 hour work day, the last thing you want to think about when you get home is dinner. This is by far the hardest meal for me, when trying to eat healthy, because it is just too easy to pick a pizza up on the way home, or even better have it delivered right to my front door. No matter how far ahead we prepare, there will be nights where take out is going to be the best solution and in this case, instead of giving up and sabotaging your diet, choose a healthy fast food dinner. We have done some research and compiled a list of options that will leave you feeling full.
When looking for healthy fast food dinner choices, you need to focus on eating a meal with low carbohydrates and a lot of protein. Too much carbohydrates for dinner and your body will release extra insulin and your dinner will most likely be stored as fat while you sleep. You should also go for grilled chicken rather than crispy which really means fried.
One of my go-to’s places is Taco Bell. There is something about this place that really hits the spot after a long day. Next time you find yourself in the drive-thru line order an item off their Fresco menu. Their Fresco Style items that have fresh salsa instead high fat cheese and sauce. The Fresco Style Crunchy Taco has only 150 calories and 7 grams of fat. Pair this with a side of rice and beans and you will have a meal that will keep you full the rest of the night.
Wendy’s is infamous for their junior bacon cheeseburger and delicious frosties, but before you find yourself ordering these off the dollar menu, read on. Their large, 12 0z. chili is a great dinner option. It has 310 calories and 23 grams of protein which will keep you full for the rest of the night. Pair your chili with a side salad and a half packet of dressing and you have a well-balanced meal that will leave you satisfied.
KFC can be a real diet killer, so next time you are craving some chicken go for the grilled instead of the fried. A one-piece grilled chicken breast with a side of mashed potatoes, gravy and two sides of green beans clocks in at 370 calories, 41% of those from protein. Just make sure you leave the biscuit off your plate.
For me, nothing hits the spot better than a warm pizza, but unfortunately pizza has a lot of calories, and by the time you have enough to feel full I have eaten at double the amount of calories I should have. Lucky for me and the rest of you pizza lovers out there Pizza Hut has ‘Thin ‘N Crispy’ options available. Two slices of their quartered ham and pineapple thin pizza contains 360 calories and 12 grams of fat.
It is important to remember that you can find healthy options are almost any restaurant you eat at. When making a meal decision the first thing you need to focus on is protein. Stay away from anything that is crispy, fried or breaded. Simple, grilled meat is the best option as it will provide protein without adding extra calories. The next thing you need to remember is to go light on the carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are the best option, but even those should be avoided after 7 pm, because in most cases your body store those carbs into fat during the night. Don’t be afraid to mix and match menu items, just because fries come with your meal, doesn’t mean you have to eat them. Choose a side salad or a fruit instead. The more balanced the meal, the longer you will feel full. It is becoming easier and easier to make healthy choices when eating out and there are options out there that will help you stick to your healthy diet.