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fast food.. . . ???

So, I'm a teenager and usually after me and my friends hang out we usually go somewhere to eat. . .mostly taco bell, mcdonalds or arby's.

have any suggestions on what i should eat while i'm there with out making a fool of myself and getting nothing?


Thu. Jun 15, 9:53pm

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hey there ;)

If i were you, i would get a salad, or grilled chicken sandwich and eat only 1/2 the bread. No soda since its empty calories, try water instead.
Oh and if your friends say anything tell them you dont want to look like a goodyear tire man in a few years ;)
Good luck!

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 10:00 PM

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If you're bold enough when you're with your friends, ask for the calorie list, if not go on line and check out the restaurants websites. Usually the salads w/low cal dressing and baked pot are the best...I think.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 10:01 PM

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McD's asian chicken salad, with grilled chicken, is pretty good and about 330 calories, if you skip the dressing, which I found easy to do as the chicken has a flavorful glaze on it. It's got a nice mix of greens, soy beans and some other veggies too. Also, they are one of the only fast food places that, at least in my area of the country, filters their water. Drink up and enjoy! My daughter likes their yogurt parfait with fruit. It's a little sweet for my tastes though.

Wendy's small chili and caesar side salad, going light on the dressing, are good choices also.

Thursday, June 15, 2006, 10:54 PM

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Good for you for trying to eat healthy. I wish I would have been more careful when I was younger. Take care and good luck~!

Friday, June 16, 2006, 9:16 AM

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McDonald's - the fruit and walnut salad is yummy. Otherwise, you can have a hamburger and small fries (not a Big Mac, just a hamburger) for around 400 calories or so, so if that's the meal, that's fine. You can always do diet soda if you don't want water.

Wendy's - baked potato w/ brocolli (tell them not to put butter on it, otherwise they dump a ton under the cheese for no good reason), maybe ask for cheese on the side so you can control the quantity? Otherwise they have some pretty good salads, and a light dressing. Or, actually, a small frosty and small fries, though not nutritionally sound, isn't that many calories (under 400, I'm almost positive).

Taco Bell - maybe one soft taco, no sour cream or cheese, and a side of pinto beans.

If you always go for the smallest serving size and avoid the "extras" - mayo, cheese, etc., and anything fried, you'll do great. Just, if you go for the salads, don't forget to get the dressing on the side. A full-fat dressing on a salad will make it as bad for you as a Big Mac, sometimes worse!

Friday, June 16, 2006, 10:55 AM

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Arby's:

Junior Roast Beef Sandwich and a Diet Soda or water
or
Grilled Chicken BBQ Sandwich and a Diet Soda or water
or
Ham 'N Cheese Sandwich and a Diet Soda or water
and
steal a few fries from a friend so you don't end up eating a lot of them

If you want to be good:
Roast Chicken Deluxe Sandwich and a Diet Soda or water
or
Roast Turkey Deluxe Sandwich and a Diet Soda or water

If you want to be really, really good:
Roast Chicken Salad with Reduced Calorie Dressing (either Ranch or Italian) with water


Friday, June 16, 2006, 12:01 PM

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A lot depends on what you are eating the rest of the day and if this is going to take the place of a meal or if you just want a snack.

Friday, June 16, 2006, 12:04 PM

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McDonalds:

Grilled Chicken Deluxe with a Diet Soda or water
or
6 piece Chicken Nuggets with a Diet Soda or water
and
Steal a few fries from a friend

If you want to be good, try:
Hamburger with a Diet Soda or water
or
Cheeseburger with a Diet Soda or water
or
4 piece Chicken Nuggets with a Diet Soda or water

If you want to be really, really good, try:
Grilled Chicken Salad Deluxe with Fat-Free Vinaigrette Dressing with water
or
Garden Salad with Reduced-Calorie Dressing with water

Friday, June 16, 2006, 12:10 PM

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check the nutrition facts for a couple of the places you go to regularly. You can check them online. You can check them out before you go out so you dont look wierd asking for the nutrition fact and reading them at the fast food place

also taco bell you can get anything fresca style (w/out the cheese and w/pico de gallo sauce instead) it is sooo yummy! a cruncy taco is only 150cal

Friday, June 16, 2006, 1:00 PM

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Check out this site it lists alot of fast food places. nutritiondata.com

Hope this helps.

Saturday, June 17, 2006, 10:42 AM

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taco bell

hard beef taco "fresco style" has 150 calories. fresco style means they omit the cheese and add a salsa to it. there website has alot of different fresco style items...the hard beef taco is just the lowest calories out of the bunch.

Saturday, June 17, 2006, 7:20 PM

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Check out the calories on their websites before hand or check them out on calorieking.com
You could always get the chicken soft tacos w/o cheese, that would be a good choice w/ water or diet pop.

Saturday, June 17, 2006, 9:17 PM

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When I was a college student, I didn't have much cash.

I usually would eat a bean burrito, and a side of rice. No extras, just the taco sauce. That and a glass of water used to cost less than $2.

It was bigger than 2 tacos, cheap and filled me up due to lots of fiber...

According to the Calorie king the burrito and rice is about 580 calories / 20 grams of fat (kind of high, but they also have lots of fiber which helps). If you get it "Fresca style without the cheese, it's about 550 calories and 18 grams of fat.)
I usually would just dump their hot sauce on them vs. getting sour cream...

Monday, June 19, 2006, 12:54 AM

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if no one has mentioned this yet, this month fitness magazine has an article on this exact topic! i'll leave the link to it. good luck!

Link

Monday, June 19, 2006, 2:03 AM

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