Fast food restaurants offer several sufficient options

Most McNicholas students are constantly on the go, busy with homework, sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. Due to these hectic schedules, students often find themselves stopping at a fast food restaurant to eat dinner quickly. Since it is difficult to always avoid the temptation of fast food, it is important to know that there are options for those students who want to eat swiftly but be healthy.

Big Apple Bagels
With its location so close to McNicholas, Big Apple Bagels is a popular stop for students on the way to school in the morning. It might be tempting to grab a bagel before first period, but it is a better option to buy a muffin. There are numerous flavors, such as blueberry, chocolate chip, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon swirl cheesecake, all containing less than half of the carbohydrates than a bagel. For example, a plain bagel is 340 calories and 68 carbohydrates, while the least healthy muffin is 210 calories and 28 carbohydrates.

Students might think that the vegetarian burrito is a healthier option than a regular burrito with meat. Surprisingly, this is not true. A vegetarian burrito with tomato salsa is 910 calories and 130 carbohydrates. A regular burrito with rice, black beans, and tomato salsa is 630 calories and 69 carbohydrates. One of the factors that accounts for this difference is the guacamole, so if someone still has a craving for a veggie burrito, it would be better to swap out the guac. A 3.5 ounce serving of guacamole is 150 calories and 13 grams of fat. In addition, it is wise to skip the 3 ‘c’s’ of Chipotle: sour cream, cheese, and chips. One ounce of sour cream is 120 calories and 10 grams of fat, one ounce of cheese is 120 calories and 8 grams of fat, and four ounces of chips is 570 calories and 27 grams of fat.

Little Caesars
It’s hard to miss the advertisements for Crazy Bread and Cinnamon Sticks while standing in Little Caesars waiting for a $5 pizza. If students are experiencing any indecision regarding which option to order, it might help to know that the Cinnamon Sticks are the better option. Don’t be fooled by the sugar – one Cinnamon stick is only 50 calories, while one breadstick is 90.

After watching documentaries such as Supersize Me, many believe that McDonald’s burgers are deadly. However, the burgers are not the option students should be the most suspicious of. According to The Calorie King, a pocketbook filled with nutrition information for fast food restaurants, a McDonald’s Asian salad with crispy chicken and vinaigrette dressing has 420 calories, 19 grams of fat, and 37 carbohydrates, while a regular hamburger has only 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 31 carbohydrates.

Subway is often known as a healthy fast food restaurant, but not all of its sandwiches live up to this expectation. The Meatball Marinara sub alone is 860 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 82 carbohydrates. The smarter option would be a turkey sub, with only 330 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 48 carbohydrates.

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