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If you’re trying to eat healthy, it can be very difficult to do so if your only option at the time is fast food or a restaurant. In many cases, even if you think you’re eating something that’s good for you, there may be a lot of unwanted elements in that choice. While eating well on the go is a challenge, the good news is it’s not impossible:

1. Choosing a Drink

Avoid choosing a beverage that’s packed with wasted calories. Soda and many juices are filled with sugar. Shakes are even worse. In fact, shakes can have more calories than an entire meal! While your best option is water, if you have to have a drink with flavor, go diet.

2. Portion Control

Regardless of where you are, the best way to keep fast food in check is to watch your portions. No matter how unhealthy a choice may be, sticking to a small portion will minimize the negative impact it has on your overall calories for the day. While making healthy food choices is important for many reasons, since actual weight gain boilsdown to a matter of “calories in vs. calories out,” going with something small at a restaurant will prevent you from blowing the diet or meal plan you’re following.

3. Salads

While salads are almost always a safe choice, you still have to be aware of the dressing and other items that may come with it. If you’re at a restaurant, ask for your dressing on the side. And instead of toppings like croutons or noodles, you can get quality protein and feel more satisfied by opting for grilled chicken on top of your salad.

4. Picking A Burger

There are a few things to keep in mind when ordering a hamburger. Single patties are always better than double patty sandwiches. And while having a cheeseburger isn’t the worst choice in the world, do be weary of thick sauces like mayo. Mustard is actually the best for keeping calories to a minimum.

5. Chicken Options

At many fast food places, a chicken sandwich will definitely be the best thing to order. Just be sure that you choose grilled chicken instead of crispy and/or breaded.

6. Tacos

Many people are surprised to learn that tacos can actually be a very healthy choice when you’re on the go. As we’ve seen with other options, your best bet is chicken. And instead of piling on the sour cream, go with lettuce, tomato and onion. Keep in mind that while lean beef and guacamole are a little higher in calories, they’re still much better than a large percentage of fast food options.

Even though it may be difficult to eat healthy at a fast food place or restaurant, it can be done. The things to keep in mind are drink water, stick to small portions, don’t sabotage your salad and focus on protein without adding tons of calories.

How many times in a normal week do you eat at a restaurant or fast food place?