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SaintLouieWoman
03-24-2009, 04:02 PM
Glad to find some places that at least have food available that's reasonably tasty and healthy. Of course you can get the "bad" stuff (depending on your point of view), but decent stuff is an option.

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100235019



America's 10 Best Fast-Food Restaurants


The authors of Eat This Not That! shine a light on drive-throughs and chain restaurants that offer healthier fare.


By Dave Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, Men's Health


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Eating out invariably raises a number of tricky questions: sit down or drive through? Burgers or pizza? Thin or stuffed crust? Choosing one over the other could mean saving hundreds of calories in a single meal, and up to 50 pounds of flab in the course of a year and countless health woes over the course of a lifetime. That's why Eat This, Not That! (http://www.eatthis.com/?cm_mmc=MSN-_-Product-_-ETNT%20Americas%2010%20Best%20Fast%20Food%20Restau rants-_-Eat%20This%20Not%20That%20Online%20EL) launched an investigation and put 66 major chain restaurants under the nutritional microscope—so that you and your family can continue to eat out, but do so knowing the types of insider tips and savvy strategies that can help melt fat all year long. And the good news is that many fan favorites scored top marks!
To separate the commendable from the deplorable, we calculated the total number of calories per entrée. This gave us a snapshot of how each restaurant compared in average serving size—a key indicator of unhealthy portion distortion. Then we rewarded establishments with fruit and vegetable side-dish choices, as well as for providing whole-grain options. Finally, we penalized places for excessive amounts of trans fats and menus laden with gut-busting desserts. What we ended up with is the Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Report Card, which will show you how all of the nation's largest eating establishments stack up nutritionally.
Check out those restaurants that scored a B+ or higher:

Chick-fil-A: A-
Between the breakfast and lunch menus, there are only two entrées at Chick-fil-A that break 500 calories, a rare feat in the fast-food world. What this means is that you can't possibly do too much harm—especially if you stick to the chicken. And unlike the typical fast-food chain, Chick-fil-A offers a list of sides that goes beyond breaded and fried potatoes and onions. (Just beware the large cole slaw, which adds an extra 600 calories to your daily intake!) That's why we dub the Atlanta-based chicken shack one of our all-time favorite fast-food restaurants.
Also, be sure to check out our exclusive list of the best and worst restaurants for kids (http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/Restaurant-Report-Kids/?cm_mmc=MSN-_-ETNT-_-Americas%2010%20Best%20Fast%20Food%20Restaurants-_-Americas%20Best%20and%20Worst%20Restaurants%20for% 20Kids%20EL) to see why Chick-fil-A receives an even higher grade when it comes to kids' meals.
Survival strategy: The worst thing you can do is supplement your meal with a milkshake—not a single cup has fewer than 600 calories. And instead of nuggets or strips, look to the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwiches, which average only 320 calories apiece.

Subway: A-
A menu based on lean protein and vegetables is always going to score well in our book. With more than half a dozen sandwiches under 300 calories, plus a slew of soups and healthy sides to boot, Subway can satisfy even the pickiest eater without breaking the caloric bank. But, despite what Jared may want you to believe, Subway is not nutritionally infallible: Those rosy calorie counts posted on the menu boards include neither cheese nor mayo (add 160 calories per 6-inch sub), and some of the toasted subs, like the Meatball Marinara, contain hefty doses of calories, saturated fat, and sodium.
Survival strategy: Cornell researchers have discovered a "health halo" at Subway, which refers to the tendency to reward yourself or your kid with chips, cookies, and large soft drinks because the entrée is healthy. Avoid the halo, and all will be well.

Au Bon Pain: A-
Sure the menu has its pitfalls, but what menu doesn't? The bottom line is that Au Bon Pain combines an extensive inventory of healthy items with an unrivaled standard of nutritional transparency. Each store has an on-site nutritional kiosk to help customers find a meal to meet their expectations, and the variety of ordering options provides dozens of paths to a sensible meal.
Survival strategy: Most of the café sandwiches are in the 650-calorie range, so make a lean meal instead by combining a hot soup with one of the many low-calorie options on the Portions menu. And if you must indulge, eschew the baked goods in favor of a cup of fruit and yogurt, or serving of chocolate-covered almonds.

Boston Market: B+
With more than a dozen healthy vegetable sides and lean meats like turkey and roast sirloin on the menu, the low-cal, high-nutrient possibilities at Boston Market are endless. But with nearly a dozen calorie-packed sides and fatty meats like dark meat chicken and meat loaf, it's almost as easy to construct a lousy meal.
Survival strategy: There are three simple steps to nutritional salvation: 1) Start with turkey, sirloin, or rotisserie chicken. 2) Add two non-creamy, non-starchy vegetable sides. 3) Ignore all special items, such as pot pie and nearly all of the sandwiches.

Cici's Pizza Buffet: B+
Cici's began in Texas in 1985 and now boasts more than 600 locations, proving definitively that Americans love a good buffet. The good news for our waistlines is that the crust is moderately sized, and the pizza comes in varieties beyond simple sausage and pepperoni. But if you check your willpower at the door, you're probably better off skipping the pizza buffet entirely.
Survival strategy: It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell your body it's full, so start with a salad and then proceed slowly to the pizza. Limit yourself to the healthier slices like the Zesty Vegetable, Alfredo, and the Olé, which is a Mexican-inspired pie with only 108 calories per slice.

McDonald’s: B+
The world-famous burger baron has come a long way since the days of Fast Food Nation—at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats are mostly gone, the number of gut-wrecking calorie bombs are now fewer than ever, and the menu holds plenty of healthy options such as salads and yogurt parfaits. Don't cut loose at the counter just yet, though. Too many of the breakfast and lunch sandwiches still top the 500-calorie mark, and the dessert menu is fodder for some major belly-building.
Survival strategy: The Egg McMuffin remains one of the best ways to start your day in the fast-food world. As for the later hours, you can splurge on a Big Mac or a Quarter Pounder, but only if you skip the fries and soda, which add an average of 590 calories onto any meal.

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Gingersnap
03-24-2009, 04:10 PM
I've eaten at 3 of those places: McDuck's, Wendys, and Taco Bell. It would never occur to me to order anything healthy there but it would never occur to me to eat at those kinds of places more than 3 or 4 times year. :confused:

patriot45
03-24-2009, 04:20 PM
Say no more, $5.00 footlong! They rule!

AHeneen
03-24-2009, 05:04 PM
Never heard of two of those (Jamba Juice, Au Bon Pain)...and CiCi's!! :eek: My family used to take me there once or twice a week, but since trying to loose weight I have vehemently rejected any calls to go to CiCis in quite some time...I think I've eaten there once in the last 2-3 years. Chik-fil-a is no surprise and certainly my favorite...unfortunately, the nearest in 25 miles away. :rolleyes:

SarasotaRepub
03-24-2009, 06:20 PM
How come Hardee's isn't on the good list??? :mad::D

AHeneen
03-24-2009, 06:33 PM
How come Hardee's isn't on the good list??? :mad::D

:eek: I hope that was sarcasm...ever look at the calories and fat in their food!?!? Three of the five most unhealthy burgers in the US (according to this article (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/563359/have_you_tasted_americas_most_unhealthy.html?cat=2 2)) come from Hardee's:

#2-Monster Thickburger-1420 calories, 107g of fat
#3-Double Bacon Cheese Thickburger-1300 cal, 96g of fat
#4-Double Thickburger-1250 cal, 90g of fat

SarasotaRepub
03-24-2009, 06:41 PM
:eek: I hope that was sarcasm...ever look at the calories and fat in their food!?!? Three of the five most unhealthy burgers in the US (according to this article (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/563359/have_you_tasted_americas_most_unhealthy.html?cat=2 2)) come from Hardee's:

#2-Monster Thickburger-1420 calories, 107g of fat
#3-Double Bacon Cheese Thickburger-1300 cal, 96g of fat
#4-Double Thickburger-1250 cal, 90g of fat

Hardee stuff tastes fantastic! Not for daily consumption of course! :D
And gimmie a super size fry with my burger!

SLW is gonna kill me.;)

SaintLouieWoman
03-24-2009, 06:47 PM
Never heard of two of those (Jamba Juice, Au Bon Pain)...and CiCi's!! :eek: My family used to take me there once or twice a week, but since trying to loose weight I have vehemently rejected any calls to go to CiCis in quite some time...I think I've eaten there once in the last 2-3 years. Chik-fil-a is no surprise and certainly my favorite...unfortunately, the nearest in 25 miles away. :rolleyes:

I was amazed with CiCi's. Used to go there with my niece's little girl when she was in her pizza phase. The pizza does have thin crust and there's not an overabundance of cheese.

It tells you how bad the other places are.

PoliCon
03-24-2009, 06:57 PM
DIET FOOD SUCKS. Good food that tastes good is NEVER good for you. Perfect Example - BACON!! Food that is supposed to be good for you generally tastes like ass - tofu and brussel sprouts.


I'll take Chic-fil-a every day of the week over the rest - except that they're so damn expensive for fast food - and damn it - sometimes you need BEEF! and BACON! Then it's time to go to Wendy's for a Baconator! :cool:

FeebMaster
03-24-2009, 07:04 PM
mmmmmmmmmmm baconator

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PoliCon
03-24-2009, 07:10 PM
mmmmmmmmmmm baconator

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EXACTLY! A real MAN burger!

SaintLouieWoman
03-24-2009, 09:39 PM
EXACTLY! A real MAN burger!

This is one of the reasons women live longer than men. It's those baconator's and Hardee's fatburgers with fries that does them in. :eek:

PoliCon
03-24-2009, 09:40 PM
This is one of the reasons women live longer than men. It's those baconator's and Hardee's fatburgers with fries that does them in. :eek:

PLEASE! its' nagging wives that drive us to the grave! :p

Celtic Rose
03-24-2009, 11:11 PM
Say no more, $5.00 footlong! They rule!

I love subway. Cheap lunch time! Their Veggie Delight is yummy, and healthy :)

Jamba Juice is another good choice ;)

PoliCon
03-24-2009, 11:13 PM
I love subway. Cheap lunch time! Their Veggie Delight is yummy, and healthy :)

Jamba Juice is another good choice ;)

OMG. We need an intervention. This poor girl needs to be deprogrammed! We need to snatch her away from the hippy nutters lock her in a room with a minister who can deliver her of the hippy spirit and then once that's all done we can return her to public life.

Constitutionally Speaking
03-25-2009, 06:31 AM
:eek: I hope that was sarcasm...ever look at the calories and fat in their food!?!? Three of the five most unhealthy burgers in the US (according to this article (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/563359/have_you_tasted_americas_most_unhealthy.html?cat=2 2)) come from Hardee's:

#2-Monster Thickburger-1420 calories, 107g of fat
#3-Double Bacon Cheese Thickburger-1300 cal, 96g of fat
#4-Double Thickburger-1250 cal, 90g of fat



Aw you HAD to do that! NOW I'm hungry!

FeebMaster
03-25-2009, 06:33 AM
This is one of the reasons women live longer than men. It's those baconator's and Hardee's fatburgers with fries that does them in. :eek:

Some things are worth dying for.



I love subway. Cheap lunch time! Their Veggie Delight is yummy, and healthy :)

Jamba Juice is another good choice ;)

Subway is the best bang for your buck. Plenty of variety too.

My personal favorite is a spicy italian on hearty italian with, american cheese, bacon, hot sauce, oil and vinegar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, olives, green peppers, and optionally jalapenos.

If God went to subway, that's what He'd order.

linda22003
03-25-2009, 06:34 AM
SLW is gonna kill me.;)

If your own heart doesn't do the job for you, first. ;)

noonwitch
03-25-2009, 08:14 AM
I love Taco Bell, and I have always thought that the chicken tacos were relatively healthy on the fast food scale of things. I eat there at least once a month.

We don't have Chick-fil-a in Michigan, but everyone I know who's ever eaten at one raved about it.

I like Suway, but I like Blimpie better. I prefer the local sub shop to any of the chains, though. Second Street Subs in Royal Oak is the best. They bought all their recipes from a place that used to be near campus in Kalamazoo-Galley Subs.

Phillygirl
03-25-2009, 08:39 AM
Coming from the land of hoagies, I can not condone patronizing a Subway.

Rebel Yell
03-25-2009, 08:49 AM
Hardee stuff tastes fantastic! Not for daily consumption of course! :D
And gimmie a super size fry with my burger!

SLW is gonna kill me.;)

MMMMMM....... Frisco Burger. And the best breakfast of any of them.

linda22003
03-25-2009, 08:50 AM
Coming from the land of hoagies, I can not condone patronizing a Subway.

And if you're really native-born, you pronounce it "hewgies".

Phillygirl
03-25-2009, 09:14 AM
And if you're really native-born, you pronounce it "hewgies".

close...I'm having a tough time putting the accent exactly into written form, though. It's not quite an "ew" sound, but not really a long o either..it's sort of open with an "a" sound.

linda22003
03-25-2009, 09:16 AM
I wasn't satisfied with that spelling either, it came out as more of a Baltimore (Bawlmer, hon) pronunciation. But you know what I mean. :)

Rebel Yell
03-25-2009, 09:24 AM
I had the healthiest hamburger yesterday. Grilled deer burgers.:D

Phillygirl
03-25-2009, 09:50 AM
I wasn't satisfied with that spelling either, it came out as more of a Baltimore (Bawlmer, hon) pronunciation. But you know what I mean. :)

Yep. But now I'm trying to figure out the phonetically correct spelling and it's driving me crazy!

linda22003
03-25-2009, 09:51 AM
Yep. But now I'm trying to figure out the phonetically correct spelling and it's driving me crazy!

"haowgie"?

Phillygirl
03-25-2009, 10:30 AM
"haowgie"?

Close. I'm trying to figure out if there should be a "y" in the beginning somewhere. But you may have come up with the closest I can think of. Now try poem! :D

Molon Labe
03-25-2009, 11:48 AM
I had the healthiest hamburger yesterday. Grilled deer burgers.:D

Yeah....very lean and very tasty.

linda22003
03-25-2009, 12:13 PM
Close. I'm trying to figure out if there should be a "y" in the beginning somewhere. But you may have come up with the closest I can think of. Now try poem! :D

That one's tricky. I'll have to have a glass of wooter while I think about it. :confused:

Phillygirl
03-25-2009, 12:40 PM
That one's tricky. I'll have to have a glass of wooter while I think about it. :confused:

Just don't get it from the crick. I hear there's critters in thar.

SaintLouieWoman
03-25-2009, 01:38 PM
I had the healthiest hamburger yesterday. Grilled deer burgers.:D

Bison burgers are also good. We haven't had them for a while.

PoliCon
03-25-2009, 01:54 PM
Yeah....very lean and very tasty.

and dry :(

marinejcksn
03-25-2009, 02:21 PM
Say no more, $5.00 footlong! They rule!

Although for some reason, here in Hawaii it's the $7.00 footlong.:mad:

Molon Labe
03-25-2009, 02:33 PM
and dry :(

yeah...sometimes. You've got to have the right recipe. The right marinade and rolling in flour helps. But this should be in the recipe thread.

Gingersnap
03-25-2009, 03:03 PM
and dry :(

This is why God invented pigs. They provide the necessary juicy fat (in bacon-format) for deer, elk, and pronghorn. :)

PoliCon
03-25-2009, 04:22 PM
This is why God invented pigs. They provide the necessary juicy fat (in bacon-format) for deer, elk, and pronghorn. :)

I used to make sausage using deer and pork :) I know. :p just making a point is all. BTW - in case anyone was wondering - Deer is good kosher meat.