When you indulge in the convenience of fast-food joints, the calories and grams of fat stack up faster than you realize. Fast food places serve mostly fried foods or grease soaked beef.
Also, when you grab something on the go, you are missing out on a structured family mealtime. If you start eating at home more often, you will see that your family is growing closer by simply communicating and spending more time together around a table. So if not for nutritional reasons, consider the family value at stake. Compare the following experiences.
Most of the items on the menu are unhealthy, as we all know; yet we continuously make the golden arches the top fast food chain in the world. Some of the unhealthiest items tend to be the most popular. If you enjoy their Angus Bacon and Cheeseburger, with large fries and a large Coca-cola, you are consuming a total of 1,591 calories, 64 grams of fat, and 99 grams of sugar.
What if we decided to make our own happy meals at home? You would be able to spend more time with your family, and not feel as lousy after your meal. Start with the leanest ground meat in the grocery store for the beef patty. Season it well and top with bacon bits and low calorie cheese like the Weight Watchers’ brand. By using bacon bits, you get the flavor of bacon without all the grease and extra calories. Shop around for whole wheat breads; they are packed with nutritional value. If you must pair your burger with fries, try baking potato wedges instead of deep-frying them. Replace classic coca-cola, with a diet drink instead to eliminate calories and sugar.
Taco Bell thinks outside the bun, so this should mean less grease and less fried food, therefore a healthier option, right? Wrong. If you order a Nacho BellGrande, a beef soft taco and a regular strawberry fruit Fruitista, realize that you are in taking a total of 1,210 calories, 51 grams of fat and 64 grams of sugar.
If Mexican food is calling your name, stay home and cook up your own nachos instead of crossing the border in the drive-thru. Invite your kids to help you create a fiesta at home. Again, choose the leanest ground beef available in the grocery store. Season it, and drain well. Moderately cover your white corn chips with Mexican cheese and melt in the microwave. Add the beef, and top with fresh ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and salsa. If you don’t have tomato or pepper plants in your garden, look for organic vegetable to avoid eating preservatives. Try to avoid the heavy packers like sour cream and guacamole. Serve it with a side dish of Mexican rice instead of tacos. Hit the sweet spot with a strawberry yogurt dessert.