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Diet Tips: Smart Fast Food

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Not sure what to eat on the go? Hope Warshaw, a registered dietitian and author of What to Eat When You're Eating Out, has the scoop on eating "fast food" the healthy way (warning: napkin required).


Healthier: 12-inch thin-crust green pepper, onion, and mushroom.
2 slices:
284 calories, 16 grams of fat.

Not-so-healthy: 12-inch deep-dish pepperoni and sausage.
2 slices: 614 calories, 34 grams of fat.


Healthier: Quarter Pounder (no cheese), medium fries (split order).
655 calories; 32 grams of fat.

Not-so-healthy: Big Mac with medium fries.
1,050 calories; 55 grams of fat.


Healthier: Boston Market's 1/4 chicken -- white meat, no skin or wing; butternut squash, steamed vegetables, cornbread.
550 calories, 17 grams of fat.

Not-so-healthy: KFC's 1 breast (Original Recipe), macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, biscuit.
890 calories, 46 grams of fat.

Chinese Food

Healthier: Ginger chicken with broccoli.
One order: 620 calories, 21 grams of fat.

Not-so-healthy: Orange-peel chicken.
One order: 1,090 calories, 60 grams of fat.  

Mexican Food

Healthier: Chipotle-glazed charbroiled chicken salad (doesn't include dressing).
600 calories, 22 grams of fat.


Steak with corn tortillas (share to make it a much better choice).
1,020 calories, 30 grams of fat.

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