Want to eat healthy? Try the value menu!


Posted on August 28th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Many American’s struggle with eating healthy.  It’s not a secret that we’re mostly overweight.  Right now – more than one-in-three adults are obese.  That trend is worse in some parts of the country than in others.  Surprisingly – the worst offenders are just west of the Appalachians and east of the Mississippi river.

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If you’re trying to watch how many calories your body is taking in – you might want to consider eating from the Dollar Menu.  Many of us are fooled every day in to eating options from the premium menu that sound healthy.  McDonald’s Premium Chicken Club sandwich has nearly 600 calories in it and over 40% of your daily fat intake.

Most of us hear the word “premium” and assume that these items are made with higher quality ingredients that are healthier for you.  The sad news – is that these items are typically just as bad for you as any other option on the menu.  They are also typically larger and more expensive than anything else on the menu.   So contrary to what you might think – it might be a good idea to grab a bite from the value menu.

If you’re looking to try and get a quick meal while you’re out and fast food is your only option – the Value Menu will save you a ton of money and typically has 28% less calories than it’s premium menu counterpart.

What To Get and Where:

BURGER KING

  • Whopper Jr. without mayo ($1) Nutritional information: 290 calories, 16 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated, 0.5 g trans), 35 mg cholesterol, 500 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 37%. (Vitamin and mineral data not available.)

JACK IN THE BOX

  • Grilled Chicken Pita Snack ($1.99) Nutritional information: 310 calories, 17 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate (3 g fiber), 13 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans), 50 mg cholesterol, 640 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 38%. Vitamin and mineral data not available.)
  • Regular hamburger (79 cents) Nutritional information: 280 calories, 14 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans), 30 mg cholesterol, 580 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 39%.
  • 2 regular beef tacos (99 cents) Nutritional information 320 calories, 10 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate (4 g fiber), 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 2 g trans), 30 mg cholesterol, 540 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 45%.

KFC

  • Honey BBQ Snacker ($1.22) Nutritional information: 210 calories, 14 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 3 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 13%. Provides 4% of the Daily Value for calcium, 10% Daily Value for iron.

McDONALD’S

  • McChicken sandwich without mayo dressing ($1) Nutritional information: 310 calories, 14 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 30 mg cholesterol, 740 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 32%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 15% Daily Value for iron.
  • Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait ($1) Nutritional information: 160 calories, 4 g protein, 31 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 5 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 11%. 15% of the Daily Value for vitamin C, 15% for calcium.
  • Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap ($1.49) Nutritional information: 260 calories, 18 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 45 mg cholesterol, 800 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 31%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Chipotle Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap ($1.49) Nutritional information: 260 calories, 18 g protein, 28 g carbohydrate (1 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 45 mg cholesterol, 830 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 31%. 10% Daily Value for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Cheeseburger ($1.07) Nutritional information: 300 calories, 15 g protein, 33 g carbohydrate (2 g fiber), 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 750 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 36%. 20% Daily Value for calcium, 15% for iron.

TACO BELL

  • Bean burrito (99 cents) Nutritional information: 350 calories, 13 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate (8 g fiber), 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0.5 g trans fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 1190 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 23%. 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 8% for vitamin C, 20% for calcium, 25% for iron.
  • Pintos and cheese (99 cents) Nutritional information: 160 calories, 9 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate (7 g fiber), 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 670 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 34%. 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 6% for vitamin C, 15% for calcium, 8% for iron.
  • Soft taco (89 cents) Nutritional information: 200 calories, 10 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate (3 g fiber) 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 630 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 40.5%. 4% of the Daily Value for vitamin A, 10% for calcium and iron.

WENDY’S

  • Small chili ($1) Nutritional information: 190 calories, 14 g protein, 19 g carbohydrate (5 g fiber), 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 40 mg cholesterol, 830 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 28%. 4% Daily Value for vitamins A and C, 6% for calcium, 10% for iron.
  • Sour cream and chive potato ($1) Nutritional information: 320 calories, 8 g protein, 63 g carbohydrate (7 g fiber), 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 10 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 11%. 4% Daily Value for vitamin A, 60% for vitamin C, 8% for calcium, 15% for iron.




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