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Short on time? Too tired to cook? Good news! Here are some helpful hints for surviving fast food...  
HUNGRY GIRL WARNING!

El Pollo Loco's Grilled Fiesta Burrito is a giant tortilla stuffed with chicken, Spanish rice, creamy chipotle dressing, jack cheese, cheddar cheese, and pico de gallo.  This Mexican monstrosity has 970 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 73 net carbs!  And if that's not enough, the Tortilla o' Terror comes with a side of chips, which brings the grand total up to 1250 calories, 74 grams of fat and 105 net carbs.  Ay Caramba!   El Pollo Loco means "The Crazy Chicken" -- and you'd have to be a crazy chicken to order this thing.

 

HUNGRY GIRL PICK

Forget burgers, chicken or tacos.  Next time you need to hit the drive-thru, go to Wendy's and opt for Chili.  A perfect winter meal, this cup of mildly spiced chili is hearty -- but with just 200 calories, 5g of fat and 16 net carbs for the small size, and 300 calories, 7g fat and 24 net carbs for the large size.   Just be sure to ask yourself if adding that shredded cheddar on top is worth it... that'll add 70 calories to your meal.

 

MENU MATH

Thinking of ditching the tartar sauce?  Losing the bun?  Skipping the cheese?  These fast food restaurants' websites provide handy-dandy nutritional tools that offer up calorie, fat and carb counts for menu items...with mix 'n match options for all the ingredients.  Cool!
http://www.bk.com/Food/Nutrition/NutritionWizard/index.aspx
http://www.wendys.com/food/BAMSum.jsp
http://www.carlsjr.com/home/

 

BEST-DRESSED LIST

Salads can be healthy choices or diet-busting disasters.  The deciding factor is often the dressing.  Here are some of the best fast food salad dressing offerings:

Carl's Jr.'s Fat Free Italian Dressing - 14 calories, no fat, 4 carbs

McDonald's Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette - 40 calories, 3g fat, 4 carbs

Baja Fresh's Fat Free Salsa Verde Dressing - 15 calories, no fat, 3 carbs

Jack in the Box's Low Fat Balsamic Dressing - 40 calories, 2g fat, 6 carbs

 

HUNGRY GIRL TIPS

Lose the mayo.  Order your sandwich dry and save around 100 calories.

Watching calories, fat or carbs?  Ask if you can substitute a side salad for the fries in your combo meal.

Don't waste calories on beverages.  Stick to water or diet soda.

Ordering chicken isn't necessarily better than ordering a burger.  Breaded chicken patties can have more fat & calories than hamburger patties!

Don't scoff at the lettuce bun!  Lettuce is a fantastic, practically calorie-free way to hold your sandwich together.

Lay off the cheese.  Duh.

 


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Today, December 16th, is "National Chocolate Covered Anything Day." 85% of women feel that covering anything in chocolate makes it taste better. 
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