Summer time – Drive Through Meals

Posted on 01. Jul, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Here is a very informative article about how to order and eat when on the road.

Drive-Thru Nutrition even gives you a chart of what you think may be healthy but what to order instead and save yourself up to 400 calories and over 40 fat grams.

And stay away and run away from these 5 items:

Avoid the 5 foods on this list.


Taco John’s Potato Ole’s (Large)

770 calories

46 g fat (6 g saturated, 1 g trans)

2,200 mg sodium

Interspersed throughout the menu in various permutations, these glorified tater tots pack a serious one-two punch. The combination of saturated fat and sodium puts a heavy strain on your heart, and the 770 calories test the durability of your belt buckle. Not even the indulgent Meat and Potato Burrito touts numbers this abysmal. Instead, opt for a side of Refried Beans. Order it without cheese and you’ll cut 60 calories, but you’ll hold on to the amazing 11 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein.

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Taco John’s Refried Beans (without cheese)

260 calories

1.5 g fat (0.5 trans)

940 mg sodium

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Dairy Queen Double Fudge Cookie Dough Blizzard (Large)

1,350 calories

58 g fat (28 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)

133 g sugars

This dessert ought to be served with a life insurance application. The problem is, the rest of the Blizzards aren’t much better—even the smalls tend to hover around 500 calories. Splitting one of those isn’t so bad, but if you prefer to have your own treat, go for a sundae instead. The best approach is to pick the ice-cream flavor of the Blizzard you wanted, and then ask to have that topping added to your sundae. That way you get all the flavor, none of the belly.

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Dairy Queen Chocolate Sundae with Cookie Dough Topping (Small size)

360 calories

14 g fat (10.5 g saturated)

45 g sugars

Bonus Tip: Our take on dessert? Eat it! Just know what you’re eating and limit your indulgence. You can find the best Eat This, Not That! options right here: 15 Desserts That Burn Fat!


Hardee’s 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger

1,320 calories

95 g fat (36 g saturated)

3,020 mg sodium

At one-third pound of beef, the original Thickburger offers plenty by way of gluttony, but compared to this thing it appears positively conservative. Mashed between beef and bun are 4 strips of bacon, 3 slices of cheese, and a big gob of mayonnaise. That’s how it earns nearly twice the saturated fat you should consume in an entire day! Go with the Little Thick Cheeseburger to you’ll eliminate 65 percent of the calories.

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Hardee’s Little Thick Cheeseburger

450 calories

23 g fat (9 g saturated)

1,180 mg sodium

Bonus Tip: Some burgers are lean and healthy. Others are excessive and dangerous. See if any of your favorites made our list of The 15 Worst Burgers in America. And check out Cook This, Not That! to learn how to make delicious 400-calorie burgers (and hundreds of other delicious weight-loss meals) in minutes at home.


McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Large Biscuit, Hotcakes, and syrup

1,330 calories

60 g fat (20 g saturated)

2,280 mg sodium

49 g sugars

This is the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink breakfast made popular by diners such as Denny’s and IHOP. Consider these stats: This meal has as much saturated fat as 2 Sausage McGriddles, more sodium than 6.5 large orders of french fries, more sugar than 3.5 Hot Apple Pies, and more calories than 3 Double Cheeseburgers. We’re all for eggs at breakfast, but not when they come flanked with pancakes, sausage, hash browns, and an oversized buttermilk biscuit. Pair a Parfait with an Egg McMuffin for 22 grams of belly-filling protein in fewer than 500 calories. Now that’s a great way to start the day.

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McDonald’s Egg McMuffin with Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait

460 calories

14 g fat (6 g saturated)

905 mg sodium

24 g sugars

Bonus Tip: Smart snacking can work wonders on your waistline, curbing your cravings so you order less at the drive-thru. The key is finding snacks that are low in sugar and high in protein and fiber. Try any of our 50 Best Snack Foods in America—they’ll help keep you lean and full all day long!


Quizno’s Large Tuna Melt

1,450 calories

98 g fat (20 g saturated, 1 g trans)

1,910 mg sodium

Tuna ought to be a healthy source of lean protein, but Quizno’s suffocates its with so much mayonnaise that the original fish has been relegated to a mere texturing agent amid a wet slurry of fat and calories. We’ve called Quizno’s out for this sandwich before, and we’ll keep at it until they decide trim back on the excesses. In the meantime, go with the Honey Bourbon Chicken Sub. For the regular-size sandwich, you could eat a dozen without hitting the fat load of the Large Tuna Melt.

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Quizno’s Regular Honey Bourbon Chicken

520 calories

8 g fat (3 g saturated)

1,470 mg sodium

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