Tyler McPeak

Unpredictably Unhealthy To-Go Foods

Think sushi or soup are safe options? From Japanese to Indian to the salad bar, takeout is a minefield of unhealthy choices.

Japanese: California Rolls

Sushi is generally a pretty healthy option, with one exception: If you’re ordering California rolls made with artificial crab and white rice, then smothering the whole thing in soy sauce, what you’re eating is sub-par McSushi. Instead of ingesting beneficial omega-3’s from fresh fish, you’re only taking in empty calories. Not only is artificial crab meat highly processed with added starches, vegetable oil, and MSG, it also contains high amounts of sodium. Whenever possible, opt for real fish, and sneak some extra fiber into the roll by swapping in brown rice instead of plain.

Indian: Chicken Curry

Chicken can be a lean source of protein and, when not in fried form, a great healthy choice. But the culprit here is the curry itself. Curry sauces often include large amounts of cream, coconut milk, or ground cashews to thicken the sauce. Instead, choose anything prepared tandoori-style, especially if that dish includes turmeric, which many doctors say helps prevent cancers by blocking a biological pathway needed for the development of melanoma and other cancers.

Soup: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

We’ve all read the studies about how people who eat soup before a meal are thinner. This is not always the case, and not all soups that are stocked with vegetables are good for you. Among the worst offenders is the takeout favorite, broccoli cheddar. It has a base of cheese and cream, and sky-high amounts of sodium. One 12 oz. serving of broccoli cheddar soup at Au Bon Pain will set you back 21 grams of fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, and nearly 1000mg of sodium—nearly half your entire recommended daily allowance. If you can find it, opt for a soup with a legume base like lentil or black bean. If you’re still not sure, stick to soups that have a clear broth rather than ones with thick and creamy bases.

Snack Time: Yogurt

But it’s yogurt. And yogurt has calcium. And, um… active cultures? While it’s true that there’s nothing wrong with yogurt itself, the extra helping of high-fructose sweetener at the bottom of those single-serve cups adds an extra 100 calories. And don’t think it’s better just because it’s organic: Stonyfield Farm is one of the worst offenders, notorious for its heavy hand when it comes to added sugars. A 6 oz. container of their Chocolate Underground yogurt has 220 calories, 36 grams of sugar, and 20 mg. of cholesterol. Instead, take control of how much sugar goes into your snack and go for plain Greek yogurt with fruit, which contains only 90 calories per 6 oz. serving, and the added bonus of extra protein.

Baked Goods: Banana Bread

This seemingly innocent grab-and-go breakfast may come off as a healthy option first thing in the morning, but just because bananas are involved doesn’t mean it’s good for you. One slice of banana bread at Starbucks packs a whopping 490 calories, 19 grams of fat, and 46 grams of sugar--three components that, together, are otherwise known as the holy trinity of weight gain. Instead, lose the bread and just eat an actual banana.

Salad Bar: Grilled Chicken With Creamy Dressing

Amid all those fresh veggies at the salad bar lie nutritional landmines like bacon bits, croutons, and vats of dressing that are easy to go overboard on when you’re serving yourself. When it comes to pre-made salads, steer clear of toppings: Cheese, meats, salted nuts, and creamy dressings can counter all the nutrients those veggies are adding to your diet. Case in point: Chili’s Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken. But salad with grilled chicken is healthy, right? Wrong. This salad comes with a 1,010-calorie price tag and 76 grams of fat (blame it on fried croutons, gloppy dressing, and cheese). When in doubt, make sure that dressing comes on the side, and only choose salads that include one additional non-fruit or veggie topping.


Top 20 Belly-Busting Fast-Food Meals

i remember the first couple years of when i first started working out on a consistent basis and was just trying to gain weight fast food was my nutrition plan lol. everyday right before training i would go to mcdonalds because it was right beside the gym (lancerlot,vinton va) and have 2 double cheese burgers at the time they were 1$ a piece and i had no clue about nutrition so to me it was a win win situation. this morning i came across this article and wanted to share with everyone. needless to say i DO NOT eat fast food daily anymore but i do like an occasional big mac every once in a while. so here is the top 20. just be aware next time you want fast food what exactly your putting into your body...it's JUNK!

20. Big Mac - McDonald's
Calories: 540
Saturated fat (g): 10
Cholesterol (mg): 75
Sodium (mg): 1040
Sugar (g): 9

19. P’Zone Pizza-Cheese - Pizza Hut
Calories: 630
Saturated fat (g): 11
Cholesterol (mg): 65
Sodium (mg): 1480
Sugar (g): 3

18. KFC Famous Bowl - KFC
Calories: 700
Saturated fat (g): 8
Cholesterol (mg): 55
Sodium (mg): 2260
Sugar (g): 3

17. Supreme Croissant - Jack in the Box
Calories: 540
Saturated fat (g): 13
Cholesterol (mg): 88
Sodium (mg): 1062
Sugar (g): 6

16. Big Philly Cheesesteak 6" - Subway
Calories: 520
Saturated fat (g): 9
Cholesterol (mg): 90
Sodium (mg): 1570
Sugar (g): 7

15. Grilled Stuft Beef Burrito - Taco Bell
Calories: 700
Saturated fat (g): 10
Cholesterol (mg): 60
Sodium (mg): 2100
Sugar (g): 6

14. Quarter Pounder with Cheese - McDonald’s
Calories: 510
Saturated fat (g): 12
Cholesterol (mg): 90
Sodium (mg): 1190
Sugar (g): 9

13. Breast-Leg-Biscuit - KFC
Calories: 620
Saturated fat (g): 11
Cholesterol (mg): 160
Sodium (mg): 1580
Sugar (g): 2

12. Burrito (Steak, Cheese, Rice, Black Beans) - Chipotle
Calories: 830
Saturated fat (g): 10.5
Cholesterol (mg): 95
Sodium (mg): 1570
Sugar (g): 1

11. Whopper - Burger King
Calories: 670
Saturated fat (g): 11
Cholesterol (mg): 75
Sodium (mg): 1020
Sugar (g): 11

10. Jumbo Jack with Cheese - Jack in the Box
Calories: 620
Saturated fat (g): 15
Cholesterol (mg): 65
Sodium (mg): 1250
Sugar (g): 10

9. Sack of 4 Cheeseburgers - White Castle
Calories: 680
Saturated fat (g): 16
Cholesterol (mg): 60
Sodium (mg): 1320
Sugar (g): 8

8. Chipotle Steak Taco Salad - Taco Bell

7. Breast-Leg-Biscuit - Popeye’s
Calories: 640
Saturated fat (g): 15.5
Cholesterol (mg): 271
Sodium (mg): 1940
Sugar (g): 2

6. Large Beef n’ Cheddar - Arby’s
Calories: 650
Saturated fat (g): 11
Cholesterol (mg): 105
Sodium (mg): 2200
Sugar (g): 10

5. Double Double with Onion - In & Out Burger
Calories: 670
Saturated fat (g): 18
Cholesterol (mg): 120
Sodium (mg): 1440
Sugar (g): 10

4. Bread Bowl Pasta - Domino’s
Calories: 670
Saturated fat (g): 22
Cholesterol (mg): 115
Sodium (mg): 1780
Sugar (g): N/A

3. BK Quad Stacker - Burger King
Calories: 930
Saturated fat (g): 28
Cholesterol (mg): 190
Sodium (mg): 1740
Sugar (g): 8

2. SuperSonic Cheeseburger - Sonic
Calories: 980
Saturated fat (g): 24
Cholesterol (mg): 165
Sodium (mg): 1430
Sugar (g): 13

1. Baconator Triple - Wendy's
Calories: 1330
Saturated fat (g): 38
Cholesterol (mg): 345
Sodium (mg): 3150
Sugar (g): 11