Yeah, I can't think of a time where I would really NEED to hit up a drive thru. You should definitely try to plan out all meals and snacks ahead of time, so you're never really stuck hungry and in a drive through line, even if you're still picking up food for the kids. The only exception I would think of is if something came up (like an emergency) and I was away from home, and had already eaten all my prepped food/snacks for the day.
Typically when I'm in the situation of things not going as planned, I would wait it out anyway until I got home. But if I knew that wouldn't be for a long time, I would probably grab a 6" turkey sub from Subway, or the chicken fresco soft taco's from Taco Bell. And that's really only if I had to. It only takes a few extra minutes to run into a grocery store and grab a greek yogurt, a string cheese, some fruit or nuts, or a quality protein bar. Even most gas stations have individual pieces of fruit you can buy!
You should really try to always have a back up though, to help you stick to your goals. Keep a Quest protein bar, or a snack sized bag of almonds, or even a packet of oatmeal in your car for these emergency situations. When I worked in an office, I always had a packet of oatmeal on my desk in case something happened, (because you can get free hot water from pretty much anywhere.)
Anyway, sorry for rambling on. Hope this helped! Good luck!
11/3/12 12:59 A
grilled chicken snack wrap-I usually get it without sauce but even with it's like 260 calories. It is fairly filling and I sometimes for a treat get the sugar free iced coffee. Otherwise, water or iced tea (unsweetened). Have you noticed that McD's now has the calories right beside the prices up on the board? Great idea.
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11/2/12 11:45 P
I'd rather get a double cheeseburger it's about 70 calories less and tastes way better. I know, not as healthy...But if I'm hitting up the big McD's I'm gonna have something I love.
11/2/12 10:44 P
I'd plan ahead and have sandwiches or snacks on me to tide me over.
I agree with Unident on veggie subs at Subway. They have salads also.
However I disagree with the idea that you would ever NEED to hit up a drive thru. You don't get a bunch of kids miles from home by random chance. You planned an outing. So plan a cooler of snacks, and healthy foods.
The caloric content my be under 400 for items on the menus, but they are loaded with sodium, and all you are doing is getting them used to fast food. In a decade they will be driving thru, and ordering tastier ( less healthy ) dishes. Besides salad, there is no good food at these places, and I doubt they have any healthy dressings. Low fat ranch isn't healthy btw.
Why the drive through? Why not something like Subway? Still "fast food" and the kids get a bread roll with vegies in it instead of a fat-dripping cheese-coated meat pattie.
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11/2/12 1:15 P
I order a kid's meal or off of the value menu, since the value sizes are small.
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11/2/12 12:43 P
Ok, so if you MUST hit up a drive through, what are your healthy choices???? I know that McDonald's classic chicken sandwich and a side salad with 1/2 portion of balsamic dressing is approximately 450 calories if you scrape off the heavy mayo.... What are your satisfying but healthy options when you've got a car full of kids, miles from home and you're all STARVING????
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