How to Lose Weight AND be a Patron of your FAVE Drive-Thru…

Alright, here’s the deal – it should be no secret by now that ALTHOUGH I am a nutrition wizard, I can also totally eat like an NFL linebacker (and honestly, sometimes I do).

I’ve been known to eat 6 corndogs in ONE sitting, a whole bag of Funyons in under 10 minutes, ½ a box of Krispy Kremes without blinking an eye AND on more than one occasion, inhale an infant sized burrito.

More often than I would like to admit I’ve had someone ask me “WHERE ARE YOU PUTTING ALL THIS FOOD?!”

NOT as a compliment, but more as a totally legit and somewhat concerned question.

Now I’m not telling you this because I’m proud of my behavior, but I am telling you this because I KNOW (or at least I hope) that I’m not the ONLY one who has a LEGITIMATE love of food.

Like, I SERIOUSLY LOVE FOOD YOU GUYS.

I don’t know if that makes me a better nutritionist or not, but I’d like to think it DOES because:

I GET IT.

 

I TOTALLY understand how having hefty fitness goals can be a struggle for multiple reasons – ONE of which being the fact that you’ve gotta hold your FAVE foods hostage, at least sometimes.

WHICH, if we’re totally honest with each other (and I think we should be), can be TOTALLY isolating.

I mean, I’ve got some HEFTY fitness goals on my plate as we speak.

My diet is DIALED. My training is on point. My mindset is in all the right places. I’m hydrated as fuck. My supplement game is strong. I DEFF do need to increase my sleep and recovery game plan, cause it’s WEEK…but you get the idea.

For the most part, I’m locked in.

BUT, I’m also on a road trip with my people and on multiple occasions we’ve rolled into a drive thru for what I like to call STREET TREATS.

 

Now let me be clear; I DO have HEFTY ass fitness goals. I AM 100% committed to accomplishing my goals – but, I WILL NOT be caught dead eating cold tilapia and sweet potatoes out of a Tupperware. I REFUSE.

*GAG*

I’ll save that topic (and the recipes I use to accommodate my gag reflux for cold meats that aren’t supposed to be eaten cold) for another blog post. Stay tuned, cause that post should be ENTHRALLING.

 

BUT – in the spirit of still making GAINZ and not being the sad panda in the backseat while everyone you care about is smashing on McDonalds fries or Taco Time Crisp Burritos (which I totally LOVE btw), I’ve written this blog post including my FAVE go to fast food options that you can shove in your face relatively guilt free.

 

YOU. ARE. WELCOME.

 

 

BREAKFAST

Starbucks Spinach and Feta Wrap:

10g Fat / 33g Carbs / 19g Protein / 290 Calories

 

Starbucks Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwhich:

6g Fat / 28g Carbs / 16g Protein / 230 Calories

 

McDonalds Egg White Delight McMuffin:

8g Fat / 29g Crabs / 17g Protein / 250 Calories

 

Chick-Fil-A Greek Yogurt Parfait:

6g Fat / 19g Carbs / 10g Protein / 170 Calories

 

Chick-Fil-A Egg White Grill:

7g Fat / 31g Carbs / 25g Protein / 300 Calories                

 

LUNCH/DINNER

Subway 6” Oven Roasted Chicken Sub:

5g Fat / 45g Carbs / 23g Protein / 320 Calories

*ordered on 9-grain wheat bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers.

 

Chipotle Steak Burrito Bowl:

8g Fat / 33g Carbs / 39g Protein / 355 Calories

*ordered with lettuce, fajita veggies, black beans, green tomatillo salsa

 

Taco Time Chicken Fiesta Salad:

10g Fat / 30g Carbs / 24g Protein / 300 Calories

 

Chick-Fil-A Grilled Nuggets:

3g Fat / 4g Carbs / 23g Protein / 140 Calories

 

McDonalds Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich:

6g Fat / 44g Carbs / 37g Protein / 380 calories

 

Wendy’s Asian Chicken Salad:

11g Fat / 25g Carbs / 35g Protein / 335 Calories

*use only ONE pack of dressing. SERIOUSLY.

…keep in mind that like, ALL fast food options (even the healthier ones) contain a TON of sodium, so do your best to select lower-sodium foods during your other meals to balance it out.

 

So here’s what’s up – I’m sure there are a million other options found on a million other drive-thru menus that aren’t listed here. Just look for the “light/healthy/grilled” section of the menu and you’re usually in business.

Go bun-less.

Ask for no cheese.

…AND no mayo.

Forgo the combo meal or get the smallest size available to you.

Order water.

YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES…

 

NOW, to be CLEAR: I’m NOT giving you permission to go out and eat like an asshole and expect to see GAINZ. Understand that…

I AM – however – giving you permission to go out into the world and kick ass, adventure a bit, let lose and not be the pouty guy in the backseat while your people are LIVIN’ IT UP and not 100% focused on how a handful of French fries might affect their body fat percentage.

YA HEAR?

 

Life is short. Sometimes you gotta order from the drive thru menu and enjoy.

Tasha (the food coach)

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