By Chloe O’Dell
In high school, we eat out every now and then. Depending on our work schedules and after-school or out-of-school activities, some students are eating at fast food restaurants more than others and perhaps nearly every night. Junior Amanda Bergstrom says, “I eat fast food rarely now. When I was playing sports, though, I always ate fast food. But not playing sports, I just don’t find myself there.” It might seem the best way to go to get already made food while being crazy busy. However, getting that grease-packed burger to scarf down isn’t the healthiest food to order. Junior Kaitlyn King eats fast food occasionally, and admits she doesn’t watch what she eats when eating out, but if she knew more information, she would definitely choose something else off the menu. There are plenty of other food options to choose from the menu when in a rush to get from place to place and satisfying hunger. And one good thing about living in Calvert County is having so many different fast food joints that live little miles apart, giving us so many different options for fast food. So instead of getting that calorie-packed, artery-clogging burger, try something new that’s a better option for you and will keep you healthier when you’re on-the-go. Take a look at some alternatives to the big burgers at popular restaurants.
Don’t Eat: Angus Bacon and Cheese. Almost all of the third-pounders at McDonald’s are some of the worst burgers you can find at the restaurant. But at 790 calories and packed with sodium and fat, this one tops it all.
Eat This: Grab a grilled chicken snack wrap instead with a bottled water and you’ve got three times as less calories and three times as more nutrients as the burgers. You could even eat one, or two, regular McDonald’s burgers and it would still be less calories as the Angus burgers.
Don’t Eat: Triple Burger with Everything and Cheese. At 970 calories, this doesn’t even look appealing to the eyes. To keep it short, this burger is definitely an artery clog waiting to happen.
Eat This: Substitute for a grilled chicken sandwich or a nice chicken Caesar salad. Both of these are between 320-370 calories and gives you the better, healthier boost you need. Pick any one of these and you’ve got low calorie but high protein, delicious meals to keep you up when running all over the county.
Don’t Eat: Large Triple Whopper with Cheese Value Meal with Fries and Coke. With a shocking 2,110 calories, the burger is more than 1,000 and then adding the fries, you could survive the rest of the winter after eating this monster.
Eat This: Wopper jr with no mayo and 6-piece chicken fries. This holds only 510 calories and though it doesn’t seem like a lot, it should be good enough to hold you over for a meal after adding the soda or water. Plus, you can still add a little snack in to satisfy hunger until the next mealtime.
Don’t Eat: Extra-large John’s Favorite loaded with pepperoni, sausage and a 6-cheese blend. Eating only 3 slices of this pizza equals 1,075 calories and half of it is 2, 150 calories which is more calorie intake than you should have for one day.
Eat This: Papa John’s Garden Fresh Pizza, topped with onions, green peppers, portabella mushrooms, black olives and tomatoes. This is the best option to get some veggies and blasting with flavor, since the other options aren’t as covered in them. The Pizza for One serves as the best deal for only your special self, and is filling enough to hold you over for a while. You can eat half of the pizza for 360 calories and the entire pizza for 720, which for a meal isn’t as bad and you’re getting in a lot of your food groups.
Don’t Eat: Chicken Carbonara Breadbowl Pasta. This dish may look like Italian heaven, but this is about 1,480 calories of pure carbohydrates. One of these is equal to about 3 slices of their pizza, with the same vegetables, cheese, and dough.
Eat This: Medium Hand Tossed Pizza with Grilled Chicken, Green Peppers, and Shredded Parmesan (in place of regular cheese blend) (3 slices). This has only 544 calories and half the fat and sodium and definitely the healthier buy. And after filling your tummy with this, you’ll definitely feel better than stuffing your face with a gooey, cheesy, mess.