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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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"Healthy" Fast Food Choices?

I saw on the news this morning that there has been an 8% increase in the more healthy choice foods in fast fod restaurants like Wendy's and McDonalds. And I had to laugh out loud at the HUGE 2 page pop-up advert that was included in InStyle magazine a couple of issues ago for the "Fruit and Walnut Salad" from McDonalds. These chains seem to be going to a lot of trouble to get these new menu items noticed!

We don't eat much fast food (if any) any longer, and these new choices have not lured us back at all.

So I was just wondering if any of you have tried these items, which ones, and what were your thoughts on them?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 08:26 AM
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Yeah like those salads they were advertising at McDonalds where they gave away those little heart monitors or whatever..did you see all the crap they put on those salads that they advertised as being so healthy. You'd probably be better off just having the Big-Mac.
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I don't eat the salads at fast food restaurants. It's not why I go to them. I want a cheeseburger and fries. There's nothing wrong with having a cheeseburger, small fry, and a small soft drink once in a while at a fast food restaurant (this is called an All-American Meal at U.S. McDonald's). The problem is having a double quarter-pounder meal supersized with a coke every day. And the kind of person who does that isn't likely to buy a fruit-and-walnut salad instead.

I don't have a problem with the new "healthy" alternatives being offered at fast food restaurants, but I don't buy them. And they don't actually look very good, either.

I do enjoy the baked potatoes and chili that Burger King and Wendy's offer. Those are low in fat depending on what you put in/on them.
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I was eating at Fat Macs (family pet name for McD's) for a while last semester. After a while the burgers and fries were getting old. I found that a six peice nuggets and one of those yogurt parfaits was just as filling and it was about 400 calories. Fat Macs was about the only option as my college is in a very small town.
I don't like all the salad hype, they're way too expensive and don't fill you up for long.

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I don't eat the salads at fast food restaurants. It's not why I go to them. I want a cheeseburger and fries. There's nothing wrong with having a cheeseburger, small fry, and a small soft drink once in a while at a fast food restaurant (this is called an All-American Meal at U.S. McDonald's). The problem is having a double quarter-pounder meal supersized with a coke every day. And the kind of person who does that isn't likely to buy a fruit-and-walnut salad instead
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I love the salads at fast food restaurants. My husband is big on the burgers, but I try to avoid them. Chicken caesar salad with just the tiniest bit of dressing.... mmm! Or I'll opt for a grilled chicken sandwich, hold the sauce. Both good alternatives, as far as I'm concerned.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 12:31 PM
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IMO The HEALTHIEST CHOICE is NOT to eat any to begin with!

I'm lucky though because we have SEVERAL healthy places to eat here that are very fast. This one here is one of my favorites:

http://www.sonomataco.com/

And the prices there aren't too bad either.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for those who have replied, but I'm asking specifically if you HAVE TRIED these new foods from these restaurants. We all know that fast-food places aren't healthy choices, by any means, so please try to keep it on topic.
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I eat subway...lots and lots of subway...the oat breads with a turkey/chicken breast coldcut, lots of veggies and only a small splash of sauce. but i go on a strict fruit and veggie diet every few months that lasts about a week and cleans my whole system up
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I eat subway...lots and lots of subway...the oat breads with a turkey/chicken breast coldcut, lots of veggies and only a small splash of sauce. but i go on a strict fruit and veggie diet every few months that lasts about a week and cleans my whole system up
I think Subway is one of the healthiest fast food places around. When you go in you can ask for their food values list & then decide which sandwiches have the lowest fat content. Keep in mind how that guy Jared (from the commercials) really did loose a ton of weight on the Subway diet.

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Keep in mind how that guy Jared (from the commercials) really did loose a ton of weight on the Subway diet.
Eating nothing but veggie subs with no cheese or sauce. It's all he could afford.

And how many of us can handle doing that every day?
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