In recent times, there has been a drastic increase in the amount of healthy options being offered at fast food and fast casual establishments. Even with the vast offerings it is still up to the consumer to adjust their orders accordingly if health is a concern. Many dishes are large portions and full of sodium, sugar and high in calories. Nutrition information is now readily available either posted on menus at the restaurant or on the companies website, which takes the guesswork out of knowing exactly what you are consuming. So how are consumers eating healthy when they visit restaurants?
- By holding the "Special Sauce" and steering clear of tuna and chicken salad. Both of these are diet pitfalls, generally being heavy on the mayonnaise and packing a high fat and calorie count.
- Going light on the cheese and sauce and load up on veggies. This is done by getting the dressing or sauce on the side and choose lighter options like salsa, mustard and pico de gallo.
- Ordering smaller or lunch-sized portions or splitting with a friend. Often health-conscious diners wrap up half to take home before we even start eating.