Drive-thru restaurants have become famous in recent times as kids nowadays want food instantaneously, the moment they feel hungry. Studies indicate that children who eat fast food consume more calories than at home. Fast foods have high fat, sugar and sodium content and low fiber, vitamin and mineral content in them. This, along with excess energy may lead to insufficient nutrients in your meal.
Fast food meals for kids have gotten healthier, but these quick-serve food establishments remain a minefield of less-than-desirable choices. Taking children to fast food joints which have the most nutrient-rich options once a week is the smartest way to fulfill your kids’ desires.
The inviting aroma of freshly baked donuts or French fries may deter you from ordering cleverly; so be clear with what you are going to eat before ordering. Suggesting your kids to have fresh juice instead of soft drinks or ordering a salad or fruit bowl along with their meal will be a smart choice. The ultimate aim should be to give them a choice between two healthy snacks and not between samosa and sprouts.
Keep Yourself Well Informed
Many drive-thru restaurants nowadays give online information about the nutritional value of the food consumed. Having a glance at this would help choose wisely. But when unaware of these facts you can use your logic to avoid anything fried, dipped in dripping cheese or coated with sugar syrup. Given below are few healthy quick bites to choose from:
Child-size meals are a good choice for children as they are low in calories and contain small portion food items. It will be a good choice for the adults too to go for these meals as it would reduce calorie consumption by almost fifty percent.
Think Smart to Drink Smart
Toddlers and small children should be taught to drink plain water or coconut water to quench their thirst. Teenagers, who are always on their wheels may choose between soft drinks, fruit punch and hot-chocolate loaded with sugar. Do not defer these items completely off their list but reduce the portions consumed. Get to know the appropriate portion sizes for your kid from the website www.firsteatright.com.
Get Yourself Out of the Fast Food Rush
Planning your trip can help you avoid stopping at drive-thru restaurants often. Either you can stock healthy foods like roasted peanuts, plain rice puffs and masala chiwdas or for longer vacations, you can take a small icebox loaded with fruits, biscuits, veggies or sprouts in addition to your fast food meal.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.