"Healthy" Fast Food

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    Nov 14, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    It's that time of year: Bulking!

    Now here's my question.

    During the day, I really can't go back home for lunch. I also don't know what I could bring for lunch with me during the day that doesn't need to be refrigerated.

    So I am basically stuck with resorting to fast food.

    I usually eat 3 McChickens and a Fruit and Yogurt Parfait for lunch at Mcdonald's. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I know Mcdonalds. But it's the dollar menu!


    So I was wondering should I go for leaner food even though I'm bulking and if so which places should I go for an affordable good lunch?
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    Nov 14, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    3 deep fried Mcdonalds chicken burgers with Mayo??? Are you nuts??? You may bulk up but your arteries will be clogged forever and you could die from a heart attack by 40....

    Why not get a can of tuna instead and mix it with salsa or light mayo or some other low fat dressing... eat that with a few slices of whole wheat bread... that is much more healthier and cheaper as well nor does it require any storing. You can also buy cooked lean turkey breast from the supermarket and make healthy lunch sandwiches.. it takes less than 5 mins... eat 5 of those at least you won't be putting deep fried shit in your body and clogging up your heart.
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    Nov 14, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    The lean European who looks good in Italian suits is right: bulking shouldn't mean sludging.
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    Nov 14, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    Agree with the above posts, just because you're bulking, it doesn't mean eat really unhealthy. Just eat more of the healthy food. If you're looking for healthier fast food, there's always subway or jimmy john's. They have some healthier options, but bringing your own food will be the best bet for keeping it healthy. Bring some fruit (bananas, apples) and then some tuna sandwiches, and some peanut butter. Also, oatmeal is good option too
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    Nov 14, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    Just prep your food at home. Invest in some plastic containers, an ice chest, and some ice packs.
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    Nov 14, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    Maybe something with 0 trans fats... check the menu that could be a start
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    Nov 14, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    I don't know much about bulking, but I do know that mcchickens have no nutritional value. I think that you have to ask yourself if you want your muscles and body being fueled off that slop. In a sense you really are what you eat. Listen to what these guys are saying. I personally think you'd be better off with a grilled chicken salad, or a sandwich (if you HAVE TO eat at mcDonalds) and some almonds perhaps? But again, I don't know much about nutrition for bulking really
  • xysx

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    Nov 14, 2009 7:14 AM GMT
    try Taco Del Mar Chicken Jumbo Burrito w/ black bean, brown rice, mild salsa, NO sour cream or avacado.
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    Nov 14, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    xrichx saidJust prep your food at home. Invest in some plastic containers, an ice chest, and some ice packs.


    This would be the most economical and healthiest option. I usually take a lunch on days I work.

    If I'm still hungry after eating my lunch or if I don't pack one, I'll grab a bite to eat Panera Bread or Noodles and Company.
  • kita

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    Nov 14, 2009 9:19 AM GMT
    Well, if refrigeration is a problem, I would recommend freezing your lunch the night before. I used to do that and it would almost always still be cold when it's time for lunch.
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    Nov 14, 2009 9:59 AM GMT
    Some great advice here already and I can't add anything new except try putting a pot of soup together. Lots of carrots, celery, V8 juice as a base, and other vegetables as you like. Some wheat pasta, a bit of onion, some lean chunks of beef (if you like) or chicken / tuna. Peas, green beans. You know the drill. I eat this way often and it costs so little. Stay out of McDonald's and those places.

    (As an aside - I met Ray and Joan Kroc when my grandparents lived near them. I asked Joan if she ever ate at McDonald's (since her husband was the man who made it all happen) and she said, "Oh my Heavens, NO!" Hahahaha - so why should any of us eat there?)
  • vindog

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    Nov 14, 2009 6:46 PM GMT


    If you take some cooked chicken, rice, and steamed vegetables out of your fridge in the morning, stick them in a tupperware they'll be fine for a few hours. If they are fully cooked you won't get sick by them not being refrigerated for a few hours.


    When I was going to college and would be gone up to 10 hours, I would have multiple meals in my bag and not keep them cool. Just no dairy or eggs (and even dairy or eggs will be fine for a few hours).





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    Nov 14, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    if all the school children in the world can pack a lunch when they go to school, i think you are capable as well. you just really really want fast food.

    i was obsessed with jack in the box in high school. i gave it up for lent one year and shed a tear. ha. but now i don't even look at fast food as an option. if you expose yourself to healthy foods regularly and then go back to fast food... you can then really see and feel how terrible it is.

    good luck.
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    Nov 14, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    jprswim saidif you expose yourself to healthy foods regularly and then go back to fast food... you can then really see and feel how terrible it is.

    good luck.


    So true for me as well. I used to eat Taco Bell in the 90's and then quit about ten years ago. I stopped in one while traveling a few months ago - - and was surprised how I really didn't like it at all anymore. You can quit junk food without a whole lot of effort.
  • Celticmusl

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    Nov 14, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    I'm a vegetarian so It's even harder for me to find anything worthwhile at a fast food place.

    I will have Taco Bell once or twice a week, usually the bean burrito, fresco style, including rice in the burrito. Rice and beans make a balanced protein. That meal is a little over 2 bucks for two.

    If I get chipotles I get vegetarian burrito bowl with the fajita vegetables, beans,and rice. I still get cheese and sour cream on it(no guacamole) so it usually is considered a cheat meal for me. I rarely go here since it is not nearby.

    Burger king has the veggie burger, it's ok if you opt for the lowfat mayo. I rarely go here as well, unless I'm tired of cooking or it's late at night.

    If I have no other choice but to eat Mcdonalds, I get a cheeseburger without the burger so it is basically a cheese sandwich. I hardly ever go here, they use beef flavoring even in their french fries....yuck.

    I do like Subway though, their veggie and cheese. Not sure about the protein intake but it is a healthy option instead of the usual fast food stuff.
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    Nov 14, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    you won´t die from eating room temperature sandwiches. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 16, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    eat the grilled chicken sandwiches at McDonalds or BK without the sauce if you are on the run. I think KFC now has grilled skinless chicken, dont know if they brought back their grilled chicken sandwich yet.

    A new takeout/sitdown franchise place called Muscle Maker Grill just opened near me in NJ, not sure if they have other locations around the country but this place has a lot of protein rich wraps and entrees with big portions but lower in fat
  • gwuinsf

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    Nov 16, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    I just discovered these food containers. They are great for bringing your food to work. They come with a little mini ice pack to keep your food cool. The salad one is neat with a separate dressing container.

    http://www.fit-fresh.com
  • MidwesternKid

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    Nov 16, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    chicken chicken chicken, grilled and not fried.
  • KepaArg

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    Nov 16, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    mmm...my fast food consist of me going down to the local parilla and getting beef with salad!!!! no mcdonalds for me! icon_razz.gif jaja
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    Nov 16, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    jprswim saidif all the school children in the world can pack a lunch when they go to school, i think you are capable as well. you just really really want fast food.




    Seriously. My nickname was DJ Tupperware I always had so much packed meals with me.


    Everytime I eat fast food it makes me feel like crap its been so long since I ate it regularly. People sweat In and Out Burger like its so good and not fast food or HEALTHY fasat food....it sucks just as much, I think. Who cares that they don't have freezers?
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    Nov 16, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    Yea. Time to save some money and pack my lunch!

    Seriously I dropped like twelve dollars on fast food today. Multiplying that out I spend like 3000 a year on fast food. Wtf!

    I'm going to bring my can opener and cans of tuna with slices of bread.

    Any ideas where to buy/steal those little condiment packs, like the mayo so it won't go bad. icon_biggrin.gif

    I also have canned chicken at home so that's good.

    But I will never give up my Publix Subs!
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    Nov 17, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    Good idea, sexy. And you can pack a peanut butter on wheat and that doesn't need to be refrigerated. I carry that, carrots, and an apple. It is good and it better for you. I also do the tuna and wheat.

    I told you before that eating that much at McDonald's is so bad for you. I want you to be around for a while, homey.
  • ajw18

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    Nov 17, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I remember reading in Men's Health that the Egg and sausage McMuffin has just about the right about of everything (fat, protein, carbs) you need to start your day.
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    Nov 17, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    Probably the healthier choice for fast food is Chick Fil A. Everything on the menu is 500 calories or less, contain no trans fat, and are fried in Peanut oil. Sucks if a person is allergic to peanuts! icon_sad.gif