It’s tempting to cruise the dollar menu at McDonald’s or Burger King and
choose to feed your family of four with a $10 bill. But most dollar menu fares
will run up the calories, grams of fat, and milligrams of sodium at lightning
The Spicy Chick ‘n Crisp Sandwich from Burger King’s dollar menu will add
450 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 810 milligrams of sodium to your meal total.
A dollar will also buy you a McDouble from McDonald’s or a Double Stack Burger
from Wendy’s, each of which contributes at least 360 calories, 18 grams of fat,
and 800 to 900 milligrams of sodium. And that doesn’t include the side of fries
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“If it were up to my son, he would eat fast food every day,” says Ann Marie,
a mother of two from Martinez, Calif., who now treats her kids to fast food
only on special occasions.
Is it possible to cook healthier fast food at home that will please your
pocket book and your fast-food loving family?
Ann Marie and her friends did -- and found the kids liked these fast food
favorites just as well when they were made healthier at home. Here’s how to
make perfectly healthy and fast pizza, burgers, chicken tenders, tacos,
quesadillas, and French fries in your own kitchen.
Home-Cooked 'Fast Food'
Perfect Pizza at Home
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love pizza. Pizza is actually an easy
entree to prepare if the crust is already made. You just spread on the sauce
and sprinkle with desired toppings. Making a more healthful pizza starts with a
higher-fiber crust, adding reduced-fat cheese, and topping that with
high-nutrient vegetables instead processed meat, which tends to be high in fat
Easy Prep Tips:
Choose ready-made whole wheat pizza crust.
Make individual pizzas using whole wheat pitas, whole wheat tortillas, or
whole wheat bagels cut in half.
If whole wheat crust isn’t possible for your family, use a pop-can pizza
crust that you can roll out.
Top your crust with bottled pizza sauce, marinara sauce, or pesto
Use pre-shredded reduced-fat cheese, such as mozzarella, Cheddar, or jack,
which are usually easy to find.
Find vegetable toppings your family likes, such as green onions, fresh
tomato, sliced mushrooms, sliced zucchini, black olives, bell pepper, or
For meat toppings, choose reduced-fat pepperoni, salami, or sausage.