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7 Tips To Survive The Drive-Thru Without Ruining Your Diet

In a quest to eat healthy, everyone knows that fast food is a no-no. However, in some situations, a drive-thru may be your only option, and you don’t want to sabotage your healthy eating just because fast food is your only viable choice.

Luckily, you’re not doomed to ruin your good habits if you make the best decisions when it comes to what to order at the drive-thru.

If you want to make sure you’re not consuming too many calories or loading up on artificial ingredients or sugar, consider these seven tips to help you survive the drive-thru without completely ruining your diet.

1. Steer Clear Of Sauces And Dressings

You may think the salad would be the healthier option, but often they contain dressings that are loaded with more calories and fat, some even more than a burger. Avoid foods with heavy sauces and opt for ketchup or mustard instead. Craving something green? Simply skip adding the dressing to your meal.

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2. Skip The Fries

They may be tasty, but french fries are filled with calories, high in fat, and laden with excess sodium. French fries are especially bad because they contain trans fat, the unhealthy type of fat that leaves you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and stroke.

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3. Limit Your Beverages

Some fast-food beverages contain more calories than your meal, not to mention the amount of chemicals and additives they contain. Instead of getting a drink such as a soda or milkshake, which is filled with sugar and up to 700 calories, go for a water or unsweetened ice tea to make your meal healthier.

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4. Choose Small Sizes

The Mayo Clinic recommends choosing the smallest size meal, which means you may have to ditch that double-cheeseburger and opt for the kid’s size instead, which contains a quarter of the calories.

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5. Make Customizations

You don’t have to stick with the way the menu items are created. Ask for healthier substitutions by removing mayo and replacing it with mustard, getting a side of carrots instead of french fries, or leaving out the cheese.

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6. Opt For Grilled Or Roasted

Avoid anything fried, and look for foods that are baked, grilled, or roasted instead. Fried foods absorb fat and are harder to digest, while grilled foods have a reduced fat content and less calories.

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7. Order A Few Sides

Instead of getting a complete meal or ordering a jumbo burger, choose a few healthy side options to help keep your calories down. Opt for a side salad with low-fat dressing, a healthy snack wrap, or a vegetable option, and mix and match so you feel like you have a real meal.

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