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Published May 10th 2012
Okay, I'm not advocating the eating of fast food nor do I think that it's a good money saving option, but sometimes the situation arises that you're stuck in Brisbane and a fast food franchise is the only thing available. The Gabba, Roma Street Station, Queen Street Mall; these can all be places to source some healthy grub. Here are my six healthy ideas to keep hunger at bay when you're out and about.
1. Sandwich - go for a tuna or veggie option, hold the cheese and go easy on the sauces, cram as much salad or veg in there as you can. Subway has a great section of low fat subs.
2. Kebab - yeah I've been there. If it's got to be a kebab go for a grilled chicken shish on pita with salad and chilli sauce, leave the cheese and mayonnaise for someone else. Click here to see some of Brisbane's best kebab shops, as recommended by the Brisbane WeekendNotes community.
3. Falafel - I know these are fried, but I love them. Go for pita, salad, chilli sauce and tahini, don't add any extra fats with mayonnaise.
4. Pizza - Make it a veggie on thin crust, no meat, no extra cheese, you'll be surprised how tasty it can be. Just where are Brisbane's best pizza shops? Click here to find out.
5. Hummus - This is a simple but effective one. You can easily source hummus, salad and pita bread from a supermarket these days to make a quick and healthy snack.
6. Jacket Potato - A classic for a winters day, with beans or coleslaw, but don't double up on fillings, no extra mayonnaise, no extra cheese, no butter. Don't worry, it will still taste great.
What To Avoid
Avoid anything fried or deep fried, cheese or cream sauces, extra cheeses, mayonnaise, white bread, fatty meats such as doner kebabs, salamis, pepperonis etc. All these extras have hidden fat and calories in them.
If you are faced with a 'meal' or 'deal' or any other bargaining tool that shops like to use, think if you really need it. Do you need to 'go-large'? Could you choose a bottle of water instead of the soft drink or soda? Is a packet of crisps or chips or an extra cookie really necessary?
You have the right to order the food you want to eat. You don't have to feel obliged to order that combo meal. Don't be ashamed or bow to peer pressure if you want to avoid unhealthy foods. See it as an inner victory for choosing not to eat whatever everyone else is having.
Could you avoid temptation altogether by carrying a piece of fruit wherever you go? I keep an apple or a banana and a bottle of tap water in my bag with me. If I feel a hunger pang coming on I reach for a swig of water and some fruit. It's usually enough to tide me over until I can get something at home. Try it out for yourself, I guarantee you'll feel healthier and better about yourself.
Don't forget salads. Many fast-food places now do salads if you request it. It's best to make it vegetable based (lettuce, spinach leaves, tomato, cucumber, onion, celery, radishes, olives, etc.) and add a lean protein source such as a boiled egg, or shredded tuna or grilled chicken, or beans (or buy a low-fat yogurt from the supermarket to eat with the salad). Or you could have a low-fat type of soup with it (such as miso soup or other non-creamy soup).
I normally ask for it without dressing, just request vinegar or lemon, salt and pepper. The dressing can be loaded with calories, fat and salt.