We all know that fast food is a prime culprit in weight gain. Staying home and cooking meals may be ideal, but for college kids, it is not exactly realistic. Between class, studying, sleeping, and relaxing, cooking at the end of the day is not always on the to-do list.
Some fast food restaurants are now offering lighter menu choices. Buyer beware, however, some are still packed with calories, sugar, and sodium. I have compiled a list of restaurants and some meal choices that are at the lower end of the calorie spectrum and also some high calorie things to stay away from.
Golden Chick: Two golden roasted chicken wings and a side of coleslaw: 377 calories
Whataburger: Whataburger Jr. with bacon and cheese, add apple slices: 450 calories
Noodles and Company: Small pad thai: 420 calories
Chili’s: Lighter choice grilled chicken sandwich with steamed broccoli: 480 calories
Ihop: Simple-fit banana and brown sugar oatmeal with a side of bacon: 350 calories
FreeBirds: Two soft carnitas tacos with pinto beans, roasted veggies, queso fresco, pico de gallo and cilantro: 454 calories
Taco Bell: Fresco bean burrito: 350 calories
Jack in the Box: Grilled chicken strips with teriyaki dipping sauce and one egg roll: 397 calories
Chick-fil-A: 8 count nuggets with one Chick-fil-A sauce and a small fruit cup: 450 calories
Sonic: Jr. burger with small ocean water: 490 calories
I found all of the nutritional information on each restaurant’s website. Surprisingly, the options I thought would have the least caloric value, such as salads, had just as many or even more calories as a burger! Luckily, eating out doesn’t have to result in weight gain. While I don’t recommend eating fast food for the majority of the time, when its necessary, there are choices that can be made that won’t result in guilt at the end of the day.