WooFood is excited to welcome a guest blog by Marcela De Vivo! While these options are not WooFood Certified, they represent some better choices if you find yourself in a fast food chain. WooFood is a certification program that makes the healthful choice the easy choice at restaurants. To read more about WooFood click here. As always, WooFood encourages you to consider a WooFood Certified restaurant!
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WooFood is a restaurant certification system that prides itself on not restricting choice or creativity, but simply by identifying and recognizing restaurant options that meet higher standards of healthy eating, as defined by the WooFood criteria.
There are a variety of certification levels and criteria, one of which is that the food must actually taste good.
Even with systems in place to identify healthier options and encourage better eating habits, fast food conglomerates are still difficult places to find a meal that could even come close to being considered a healthy choice.
It is still possible to find good choices at these restaurants that still maintain a high standard of taste and quality; you just have to look a little harder. Please note that none of these options are WooFood Certified.
In this case, the research has already been done, so take note of the following items and give them a try next time you need to eat on the run:
1. Subway Oven Roasted Chicken Salad -- If you avoid dressing entirely, the Subway oven roasted chicken salad is 120 calories and will provide 15 grams of protein. Even if you get dressing, the base of your meal will still keep you in good standing. It’s definitely a far better choice than many other Subway options.
2. KFC Grilled Chicken Breast -- KFC is known for their fried options; however, their grilled chicken recipe has great flavor and packs 40 grams of protein into a single breast. You’ll add 220 calories a piece, but those are pretty good numbers (considering KFC’s reputation).
3. Taco Bell Fresco Style Tostada -- You get a corn-based shell and beans, which are health beneficial foods to go along with only 200 calories and about 6 grams of fat. Having only 1 gram of saturated fat is a strong selling point for this one.
The sauce and salsa give it a great flavor, but be warned that this might not do a great job of filling you up. If you’re super hungry, get two of them.
4. Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill -- This chicken sandwich from Wendy’s doesn’t look like its particularly good for you, but if you avoid honey mustard, it’s only 350 calories and packs 34 grams of protein in. This is definitely a great option that’s going to have flavor and fill you up for a while.
5. Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers Hand Tossed Pizza -- One slice is 220 calories and only 6 grams of fat. The cheese will make it somewhat filling and the veggies adds to the health value. If you are counting calories, the biggest issue here is simply how many slices you have. Try to keep the number low if you can.
6. Sonic Grilled Chicken Wrap -- At 390 calories and 14 grams of fat, this grilled chicken option at Sonic isn’t the best of this list health-wise, but it’s still better than most of what isn’t on this list and it is quite tasty. Twenty-eight grams of protein is a nice feature.
7. Chik-fil-a: Chargrilled Chicken Salad -- The salad is only 180 calories, so it might not be enough to fill you up (again, that number is without dressing). The chicken provides around 23 grams of protein, so it’s a great choice if you are trying to count calories.
8. Wendy’s Jr. Frosty -- For a dessert, Wendy’s junior Frosty is a good choice at only 160 calories and four grams of fat. The Frosty is a thicker milk-shake like dessert, so it can actually be quite filling. Portion control is the main issue here.
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it may be difficult to make the right choices when eating out. It is entirely possible to make healthy choices when dining at a restaurant; you just need to be willing to make the choice. Consider these options if you are at one of these restaurants.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles who specializes in health and beauty. She writes on everything from alternative medicine to special needs issues and skin care, but as a mom of three she has a special interest in nutrition.