Is it possible for the word healthy to be put into the same sentence as fast food (as a positive adjective)? For many of us, this will be at most an oxymoron. However, fast food chains themselves are trying their hardest to change their image of those behemoths that contribute to the obesity rate, and instead are trying their best to provide healthy options for the changing tastes of Singaporeans, that now value their health more than anything else.
Watch the above video about some healthy fast foods – while this is not in Singapore, its worth taking a look.
How to eat healthily at Fast Food Chains
With the efforts of these fast food giants in trying to turn over a new leaf, they have presented to their consumers some healthier fast food options to eat. However, are these options indeed ‘healthier’ as they purportedly are? Are consumers who buy these food items just cheating themselves? Let’s find out.
By looking at a study by Huffington Post on Fast Food and nutritional levels, we already know that all fast food chains have lower vegetables, fibre and other nutrients that are essential to the human body. However, lets skim through the many ways you can eat healthier in fast food restaurants in Singapore to become more healthy.
Limit the size and amount of food eaten
Of course, the most important thing is to reduce the amount of oily and unhealthy fast food you eat every time you eat at such restaurants. This is the single best thing you can do if you cannot avoid eating fast food.
Avoid deep fried and salty food
Deep fried foods such as nuggets, fried chicken and fries are definitely no-nos when it comes to losing weight. Also, foods such as fries are very salty and can definitely tip over your body’s need for salt for the day, which will cause your health to deteriorate.
Of course, you should also avoid foods that are lathered and covered with oil, and other sauces that seem very thick. Also, some fast food restaurants also serve salads and corn – however, make sure that you do not take in too much oil or butter or sauces that they provide you with the meal, as tempting as it is.
Eat healthier sides
Instead of filling your stomach with unhealthy side dishes such as fries and onion rings, perhaps it would be better to eat something like mashed potatoes, salad or coleslaw. There may be other dishes that the restaurants may provide. Remember that ice cream is not considered a side dish.
Bring healthy snacks instead
Also, you can bring your own foods to eat at the restaurant. Something better than chips of course – perhaps a nice serving of seaweed or even nuts would be great. Of course, please don’t get caught by any of the staff at the fast food restaurants in case they don’t allow any other types of food to be brought in!