If you’re traveling and need to make a health fast food choice, we’ve done the research and have chosen the best options
First though, it’s important to understand that there simply is no such thing as healthy fast food. Those three words basically contradict each other. However, if you’re trying to stick to your macros and you’re in a bind, eating SOMETHING rather than NOTHING is going to keep your body fueled and ready to build more muscle.
We DO NOT RECOMMEND eating fast food on a regular basis
Fast food is, in our opinion, the basis for the obesity epidemic we are facing today. That being said, the occasional – and I mean occasional, cheat meal when you’re in a bind is not going to be the end all. Remember, we train so that we can enjoy life and occasionally down a cheat meal without worrying that it’s going to send us into a downward spiral.
A few things to consider before diving into our healthy fast food choices for when you are traveling
1 – Proper preparation prevents poor performance
Do your meal prep before you leave on your trip. If you are serious about continuing to progress in your fitness goals, then foregoing meal prep is simply not an option. Many of the guys use Six Pack Bags or a similar option to pack their food. They come with all the necessary plastic containers and ice packs to make getting your meals in while you travel, easy.
In fact, these bags are so useful they even have spots for your utensils, sports nutrition products, and a place to eat your meal. They come in 3 meal and 5 meal sizes and are simply a “must have” for anyone that’s traveling and is serious about fitness and nutrition.
We offer a full selection of Six Pack Bags right here on our site.
2 – Only use our healthy fast food choices if you’re in a bind
Remember, you may be within your macro limit for the day but those micros will add up quick. Many of what are considered to be healthy fast food options are based solely on macros and don’t take into consideration the saturated fat content or the source of carbohydrates. Our philosophy is that the source of a gram of fat, carbs, or protein makes a massive difference in it’s effect on your body. Your body definitely does not assimilate fat from an In N Out double double the same way it would with 39 grams of fat from an avocado, olive oil, almonds, or from fish. That sloppy, dirty fat will eventually wreak havoc on your body inside and out, which is why we recommend only using this guide “once in a blue moon”.
The Body Spartan Healthy Fast Food Guide
Subway double turkey meat OR carne asada 6″ sandwich on wheat bread
High in carbs, moderate fat content, tons of protein. This is a great option for those who’s nutrition plans allow for carbohydrates. While we’re not a big fan of bread, in general, if you’re in a bind then this will definitely due. For the foot long sub, just double the amounts. For turkey, it’s a whopping 56 grams of protein, 94 grams of carbs and 38 grams of fat. Stay away from the dressings and condiments if you want to keep the calories and fat content low.
If you really want to stack on the protein and keep the fat low, try the Carne Asada Sandwich. In a 6″ sandwich it packs 36 grams of protein, 45 grams of carbs, and only 11 grams of fat. Double that for the footlong and you’re in protein paradise.
In N Out Double Double
The fat content in this burger is simply too high to call it healthy fast food. However, if you’re travel situation lands on one of your cheat days then thank your lucky stars. The standard Double Double burger has 37 grams of protein, 39 grams of carbs, and an incredibly high 41 grams of fat. For those of us that are trying to pack the protein in, two of these bad boys would only be possible as a post workout meal. The immense amount of carbs would create a natural insulin spike and allow your body to absorb the protein much more efficiently. Remember though, when insulin levels are up, your body shuttles nutrients exponentially more efficient than at normal insulin levels. This means the large amount of fat in two Double Doubles is going straight to your butt, or thighs, or love handles. Probably best to plan a cardio session later in the evening 🙂
Wendy’s Chicken Wrap
Still higher in fat content than we’re comfortable with but the true test will be to look at your daily macros and see if it fits. 17 grams of protein isn’t a whole lot for guys trying to pack on serious muscle. In fact, for most of us it would take three of these wraps to hit the target protein range that we typically like to see. That would place the fat content at 78 grams. You’ll have to request that they leave any dressing or condiments off of the wrap or ask if it can be placed on the side. Then, use is sparingly.
Between those three healthy fast food choices, you can pretty much find them nationwide (with the exception of In N Out). If you want to test the waters on your own, we highly recommend heading over to www.myfitnesspal.com and typing your restaurant of choice into their search bar. They have a massive index of just about every restaurant on the planet with all of the associated nutrition facts.
In closing, PLEASE remember that fast food should only be used a last resort, when you’re in a bind and didn’t remember to meal prep. If you’re traveling and don’t have access to a kitchen or you simply can’t fit all your meals in an ice chest, then this is the time to go for it. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to make this a habit. You’ve worked too hard on your goals to backslide into old routines. Use this guide sparingly and only when in need.