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PapaJoe8

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Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 3:30 PM (permalink)
I have several friends who need to start eating more healthy but... like to get take out lunch at the fast food places sometimes. They asked me what they could try.

My only suggestion was the Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

Anyone have some other suggestions???
Joe
 
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    MiamiDon

    Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 4:16 PM (permalink)
    McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich; hold the mayo.  Ask for hot sauce - they have it for the Breakfast Burritos.  Salads with lite dressing, and no cheese.

    Subway - the whole lo-fat menu.  No mayo, no oil, no cheese.  Mustard and/or vinegar.  Pile on the veggies.
     
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      Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 4:17 PM (permalink)
       
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        Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 5:08 PM (permalink)
        If salt / sodium level is of any concern, you should probably avoid fast food burgers.   A small McDonald burger has 520 mg of salt and a Big Mac has 1040 mg.  1/4 pound of ground hamburger naturally only has about 80 mg.    For comparison, a small order of McDonalds fries has 160 mg & a large order has 350 mg. 
         
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          PapaJoe8

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          Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 8:02 PM (permalink)
          Nice tips Don!

          6star... Nnice link! From looking at all that what makes it healthy?

          Mj, good info. So I wonder how my fav.. a McDbl w/ no cheese stacks up? It probably has to much salt also?
          Joe


           
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            Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Wed, 04/7/10 8:07 PM (permalink)
            Throw away the bottom bun. Eat the sandwich upside down.

            Wendy's baked potato
            Wendy's SMALL chili
            Wendy's mandarin chicken salad
             
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              PapaJoe8

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              Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 12:48 PM (permalink)
              SD, good tip and... good tips. But... do you mix all 3 things? I do like tha tator topped w/ chili. I add jalapenos.

              I saw that someone is offering a wheat bun. I can't remember who.

              I try to eat as much wheat bread,  grain pasta, and brown rice, instead of tha white stuff, as I can.

              I like a turkey hot dog on wheat but I see no FF place offering that. Not many of the hot dog guys here offer it ether.
              Joe
               
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                Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 1:00 PM (permalink)
                 
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                  Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 1:14 PM (permalink)
                  PapaJoe8


                  SD, good tip and... good tips. But... do you mix all 3 things? I do like tha tator topped w/ chili. I add jalapenos.

                  I saw that someone is offering a wheat bun. I can't remember who.

                  I try to eat as much wheat bread,  grain pasta, and brown rice, instead of tha white stuff, as I can.

                  I like a turkey hot dog on wheat but I see no FF place offering that. Not many of the hot dog guys here offer it ether.
                  Joe

                  haha, no, I don't mix them, but you can. I cannot stop you.   Wendy's does have a salad with their chili on it, the taco salad, but the dressing, chips & cheese push it into the unhealthy zone. They used to have a spinach salad that you could get w/o the chicken, but they stopped making it. *sniffs*
                   
                  Chick Fil A has a wheat bun. I do not recommend it because it's a honey wheat, and makes it a different tasting sandwich than what I was expecting.
                   
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                    plb

                    Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 1:28 PM (permalink)
                    Bill,
                    Thanks for the healthly dining link.  It gave a few indeas for lunch already.
                     
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                      Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 1:48 PM (permalink)
                      Many of the FF places have salads, just get a low-fat dressing and don't choose fried chicken on top.  If it's a huge concern, skip the cheese (but it's not like they give you a lot of cheese anyway).

                      Subway as suggested, with their 9-grain wheat bread and making good topping/dressing choices.

                      Taco Bell actually advertises a "diet" menu, but I've not checked it out to see how good it is.

                      Many places are also offering kids' meals with alternatives to fries, which if you ask can be ordered with an adult meal as well.  Apple slices, applesauce, carrot sticks, etc.
                       
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                        PapaJoe8

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                        Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 1:50 PM (permalink)
                        Thnks Bill... nice links.  JITB has a smart menu I think. I didn't look at everything but I did not see a wheat bun.

                        The healthy diner thing is neat!
                        Joe
                         
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                          joerogo

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                          Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 2:52 PM (permalink)
                          Whoa!  Careful with your choices at  http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/  I put in my zip code, and the first item to come up was an Arby's regular roast beef sandwich.  


                          Check out the sodium content.  That is almost 40% of the daily value in one sandwich.  Have one of these everyday and you will go to the morgue pre-embalmed.


                          REGULAR ROAST BEEF SANDWICH Our classic sandwich has Arbys thinly sliced, oven-roasted beef piled high inside a toasted sesame seed bun.

                          Calories Fat Sat Fat Cholest Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugars Protein Fruit/Veg 320 14 g 5 g 44 mg Sodium  953 mg 34 g 1 g 5 g 20 g 0 cups 

                          SUPER ROAST BEEF SANDWICH The ultimate sandwich that combines our oven-roasted beef with green leaf lettuce and ripe tomatoes, all topped with a zesty red sauce on a toasty sesame seed bun. Available at participating locations.

                          Calories Fat Sat Fat Cholest Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugars Protein Fruit/Veg 398 19 g 6 g 44 mg Sodium1061 mg 40 g 1 g 10 g 20 g 0.25 cups

                          Here are the other recommendations.




                          Restaurants Near You: Cuisines Items Sample Item   Arby's ®
                          309 Highway 315
                          Pittston, PA
                          Map It
                          Deli/Sandwiches
                          Other
                          Quick Serve
                          2
                          Regular Roast Beef Sandwich
                          Calories: 320 
                          Fat: 14 g
                            McDonald’s USA, LLC
                          306 RT 315 
                          PITTSTON , PA
                          Map It
                          Quick Serve
                          15
                          Ranch Snack Wrap®, Grilled
                          Calories: 270 
                          Fat: 10 g
                            Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
                          304 Route 315
                          Pittston, PA
                          Map It
                          American/Family
                          6
                          BLT Chicken Breast Salad - SPECIAL REQUEST
                          Calories: 365 
                          Fat: 15 g
                            Domino's Pizza®
                          49 Broad St Ste 1
                          Pittston, PA
                          Map It
                          Pizza
                          4
                          12” Medium Classic Hand Tossed Crust, Sauce, Cheese, 2-3 Veggie Toppings
                          Calories: 440 
                          Fat: 18 g
                            Damon's Grill
                          28 Concorde Dr.
                          Avoca, PA
                          Map It
                          American/Family
                          Sports Bars/Pubs
                          Steakhouse
                          8
                          Aloha Chicken
                          Calories: 520 
                          Fat: 12 g
                            Quiznos
                          1058 Wyoming Ave Ste 15
                          Wyoming, PA
                          Map It
                          Chicken
                          Deli/Sandwiches
                          Fast Food
                          Quick Serve
                          10
                          Baja Chicken Sub
                          Calories: 480 
                          Fat: 23 g
                            Panera Bread
                          1151 Shoppes Boulevard
                          Moosic, PA
                          Map It
                          Bagel Shop
                          Bakery
                          Breakfast/Brunch
                          Café/Coffee House
                          Deli/Sandwiches
                          Soup/Salad
                          10
                          Asian Sesame Chicken Hand-Tossed Salad
                          Calories: 410 
                          Fat: 19 g
                            Chili's
                          375 Wyoming Valley Mall
                          Wilkes-Barre, PA
                          Map It
                          American/Family
                          Mexican/Southwest
                          Other
                          Sports Bars/Pubs
                          17
                          Guiltless Grill Caribbean Salad
                          Calories: 480 
                          Fat: 24 g
                            Peking Chef
                          29 Wyoming Valley Mall
                          Wilkes Barre, PA
                          Map It
                          Chinese
                          7
                          Chinese Steamed Haddock
                          Calories: 580 
                          Fat: 18 g
                            Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®
                          2320 Highland Park Blvd
                          Wilkes-Barre, PA
                          Map It
                          American/Family
                          13
                          Breakfast: Oatmeal with Banana Topping
                          Calories: 280 
                          Fat: 4.5 g
                            Super Suppers
                          1110 Commerce Blvd
                          Dickson City, PA
                          Map It
                          American/Family
                          Chicken
                          Other
                          Quick Serve
                          12
                          Dill Sautéed Salmon with Dijon Mustard Seed Sauce
                          Calories: 300 
                          Fat: 12 g
                            Moe’s Southwest Grill
                          929 South State Street
                          Clarks Summit, PA
                          Map It
                          Mexican/Southwest
                          12
                          Burrito: Art Vandalay - No cheese
                          Calories: 630 
                          Fat: 18 g
                           

                          Not a winner in the bunch.  PapaJoe8, Find a local Roadfood type place the uses fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and meats.  It may take some lookin, but I think it would be worth it.



                          <message edited by joerogo on Thu, 04/8/10 3:06 PM>
                           
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                            Pigiron

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                            Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
                            In my travels, I have often found myself hungry with no time to waste and nothing but fast food between me and my destination.  In those cases, I go to Subway and get a sub stuffed with all their veggies.  If the store is clean, and has good turnover, chances are you can get some decently fresh vegetables.  Get the bread toasted, it's more palatable that way.  Skip all the meats and cheeses, and be careful of the condiments- some of them are packed with fat, salt, sugar, or all three.  The honey-mustard is passable.  Watch out for the pickles and peppers too, they're packed with salt.  Also, if you're really watching what you eat, most of the breads have hidden sugar and salt.  I go for the plain whole wheat, it's the least offensive.   Usually, it's filling enough to get me on my way.
                             
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                              PapaJoe8

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                              Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 5:16 PM (permalink)
                              Joe, thanks for all the research! A roadfood place was the first advice I gave my friends but they are often looking for something real fast.

                              Pig, a vegie sub is a good idea but my friends are mostly meat eaters. Maybe some of their new chicken subs would not be so bad? And yes, the whole wheat bread sounds best.

                              I think it's MickyD's that has a whole wheat bun that comes with some things. I looked at Wendy's and could not find one.

                              Sooo, who offers the whole wheat bun option? It's gotta be better for you that a white bun.
                              Joe
                               
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                                leethebard

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                                Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 5:44 PM (permalink)
                                I'll echo subway,pick a sandwich and pile on all the veggies they offer...you get a thick veggie sub...and so little coldcuts, it really doesn't matter....and the veggie sandwich with some vinegar on it is quite tasty!!!
                                 
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                                  PapaJoe8

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                                  Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Thu, 04/8/10 6:10 PM (permalink)
                                  SD, LOL, I think I will only mix tha chili and tha tator. Hmm, maybe tha chick salad would be good on tha tator? Hmm? But... not all 3 for me.

                                  Subway has that oven roasted chicked breast stuff. Maybe that would be a healthy kinda meat? And... with lotsa veggies a not so bad for you fast food?

                                  Lee, I like tha vinegar also. And, so little meat and lotsa veggies might not be so bad.

                                  I'm still in search of a burger, or grilled chicked sandwich, on whole wheat though.
                                  Joe

                                  Edit; Subway has a kinda neat menu / nutrition page with links to related subjects.
                                  <message edited by PapaJoe8 on Thu, 04/8/10 7:28 PM>
                                   
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                                    stricken_detective

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                                    Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 1:25 AM (permalink)
                                    PapaJoe8

                                    Sooo, who offers the whole wheat bun option? It's gotta be better for you that a white bun.
                                    Joe


                                    CHICK FIL A


                                     
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                                      IntelligentT82

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                                      Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 2:34 AM (permalink)
                                      I always seem to lose weight the day I go to Chipotle.  It seems like I wouldn't since the burrito is so big, but I get the bowl.  I think was does it is the quality of food that they serve and not so much the quantity.  Chipotle's meats are grass fed all natural beef and chicken is cage free.  Their ingredients are natural like for example the sour cream is rBGH free, which basically means hormone free.
                                       
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                                        Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 7:46 AM (permalink)
                                        Isn't there a chain in Florida called Healthy Tomato that  serves salads, etc? 
                                        Anyway,  thanks for the tips on Subway.  I avoid chains when I travel but an occasional veggie sub might get me thru some dry patches during a day.
                                         
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                                          Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 9:22 AM (permalink)
                                          This link is to the best resoruce I have found for dining out at chains:

                                          http://www.dottisweightlosszone.com/restaurants.html

                                          The info is given in weight watchers points but it also supplies the numbers (calories, etc) that go into the calculation. 
                                           
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                                            MiamiDon

                                            Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 10:05 AM (permalink)
                                            carlton pierre


                                            Isn't there a chain in Florida called Healthy Tomato that  serves salads, etc? 
                                            Anyway,  thanks for the tips on Subway.  I avoid chains when I travel but an occasional veggie sub might get me thru some dry patches during a day.


                                            I think it is Sweet Tomatoes to which you refer.
                                             
                                            http://www.souplantation.com/
                                             
                                             
                                             
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                                              PapaJoe8

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                                              Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Fri, 04/9/10 1:23 PM (permalink)
                                              Hey, there are two of those Sweet Tomatoes in the DFW area. I wonder how tha 3 bean turkey chili is? Some other stuff there sounds good. I also wonder what kinda pasta the use for their pasta dishes?

                                              Hatter, that Dotti's site is kinda neat. It does not seam to list the sodium though. My Windy's grilled chicken gets a 7.5 there. Not so bad. But I saw somewhere a 1,000 mg of sodium for the grilled chicken. Hmm?

                                              Intel, the bowl trick for Chapotle might work.
                                              Joe
                                               
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                                                carlton pierre

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                                                Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 8:54 AM (permalink)
                                                MiamiDon


                                                carlton pierre


                                                Isn't there a chain in Florida called Healthy Tomato that  serves salads, etc? 
                                                Anyway,  thanks for the tips on Subway.  I avoid chains when I travel but an occasional veggie sub might get me thru some dry patches during a day.


                                                I think it is Sweet Tomatoes to which you refer.
                                                 
                                                http://www.souplantation.com/
                                                 
                                                 
                                                There ya go, that's the ticket!

                                                 
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                                                  PapaJoe8

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                                                  Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 11:34 AM (permalink)
                                                  Sooo who has eaten at tha Sweet Tomatoes? And... what's good?

                                                  Another question; How unhealthy is cheese? And... should it be avoided at the fast food places?
                                                  Joe
                                                   
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                                                    plb

                                                    Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 12:16 PM (permalink)
                                                    The problem with Sweet Tomatoes is that they are buffets.  So they include soups, potatoes, pasta, breads, pizza, brownies, and ice cream.  I suppose if I had willpower they would be O.K.  
                                                     
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                                                      PapaJoe8

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                                                      Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 1:56 PM (permalink)
                                                      Ahh, I did not realize that Sweet Tomatoes was a buffet. I wonder if they have a whole wheat pasta?
                                                      Joe
                                                       
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                                                        kland01s

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                                                        Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 2:02 PM (permalink)
                                                        PapaJoe8


                                                        Ahh, I did not realize that Sweet Tomatoes was a buffet. I wonder if they have a whole wheat pasta?
                                                        Joe


                                                        We eat  at a Sweet Tomatoes maybe once or twice a year. I don't remember seeing any whole wheat pasta but then I stay away from that anyway and just stick to the salad items.
                                                         
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                                                          6star

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                                                          Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 3:25 PM (permalink)
                                                          Sweet Tomatoes have 3 locations in the DFW area: Addison, Arlington & Irving.  If you click on one of the locations, you can get today's menu for that location and future menus (for the rest of this month).

                                                          http://www.souplantation.com/locations/
                                                           
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                                                            PapaJoe8

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                                                            Re:Healthy National Chain Fast Food... any? Mon, 04/12/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
                                                            Thanks 6star! I saw 2 earlier at the web site but missed the 3rd. Addison is close to where one of my friends works. They do vary the menu somewhat. They have Pasole today!

                                                            SD, so what's healthy at Chic Fil A ???
                                                            Joe
                                                             
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