We’ve all taken trips to the fast-food drive-thru. Sometimes we just crave something fast and, well, not actually nutritious. But those little stops can be downright disasters for people looking to stick with a healthy eating plan. What if there was one, handy tool that could provide a comprehensive guide to fast food options and help us make the best choice possible? Say hello to Cheat Day!
The app, developed for the iPhone, puts the nutritional information for 750 restaurants across the U.S. in the palm of your hand. And yes, this includes all of your favorite fast food joints like Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway and Wendy’s. Even Starbucks lovers can find their preferred coffee creations in this handy app.
What makes Cheat Day a helpful app is how it takes thousands of pieces of nutritional data and makes searching for what you need a user-friendly experience. No matter what type of eating plan you follow, Cheat Day allows the user to sort through each restaurant’s information by a variety of criteria. The user interface is pretty basic, but you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to get to the information you want.
Here’s a breakdown on how to use the app:
Download the Cheat Day app to your iPhone via the App Store or your computer.
When you open the app, you’ll immediately find the home screen with the restaurant name listings. It’s searchable, which makes it extra handy, so you don’t have to scroll through hundreds of options.
Once you pick where you plan to eat, you get a new list of menu offerings broken down into various sections. For example, with McDonald’s, you’ll see a menu with everything from salads and burgers to breakfast and even McCafe options.
Let’s say you’re hungry for some breakfast. Just select breakfast and the entire menu is listed, with its full nutritional information, including calories, fat content, protein, fiber, sodium and more. The best part of this app is how the user can sort the listings in a variety of ways. Cheat Day looks at all of a restaurant’s menu options and compiles the information to list the best nutritional choice based on a combination of factors. In this listing, McDonald’s breakfast items are sorted by best nutritional choice, overall.
Then, if you want to know what the nutritional information is for the individual item, all you have to do is touch the phone screen and you get a full listing of data.
Users can also sort by specific guidelines, such as calories (low to high), protein (high to low), carbs (low to high), sugar (low to high) and sodium (low to high). So whether you’re simply counting calories, following a low-carb/high-protein meal plan or watching your sugar intake, the Cheat Day app can help you make the best choices, even if you’re eating on the run.
Will you be downloading this nifty app?