When we talk of healthy food, it’s almost certain we’re not talking about fast food. Fast food menu items have (understandably) gained a bad reputation for being high in fat, salt and sugar, and low in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
But like it or not, fast food is hard to avoid. When you’re in a hurry, or if you don’t want to go to a restaurant where you’ll have to wait half an hour for your meal while you chase your restless child all over the place, then fast food becomes the most convenient option.
So there you are, stuck with fast food but still want to feed your kids as healthy a meal as possible. What do you order?
Let’s start with the Philippines’ most popular fast food of all time – Jollibee! For the healthiest Jollibee meal possible, try ordering the Yum! with TLC. TLC stands for tomato, lettuce and cheese. It’s a great way to sneak vegetables into your kids’ burgers, just make sure they don’t pick the veggies out before they eat the sandwich.
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(Note: The Yum! with TLC is similar to their Jollibee Champ sandwich – both have tomato slices, lettuce, and cheese – but the former is smaller, so it’s more suitable for small appetites. Adults may prefer to order the more filling Jollibee Champ.)
For dessert, skip the sundaes and order the fruit-filledPeach Mango Pieinstead.
If you’re looking for the healthiest menu item at McDonald’s, go straight for the Big ‘n’ Tasty, which is fully loaded with veggies such as tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and onions. It’s similar to the Big Mac, but smaller.
For dessert, get an apple pie. Among all of McDonald’s Philippines’ dessert options, the apple pie has the least amount of calories (250) and the lowest cholesterol content (0 mg). In addition, it provides 4% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin A and 25% for vitamin C.