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Danny’s Fast Food Survival Guide: Chick-fil-A

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McDonald’s was up last week. I was surprised to see there were actually some things that you could eat that would allow you to “weather the storm” of a stop through the drive-thru! Again, I want to stress that I am not advocating any restaurant as a health food stop; it’s just that in America today, we sometimes find ourselves eating there on the go, with friends, or just before that important meeting! If this is going to happen from time to time, why not know what the healthiest options are? So today we look in my 3rd installment at a restaurant that I actually ate at from time to time during my season of The Biggest Loser, season 8! This proves that you can eat some things in moderation at a drive-thru and still lose 239 pounds in 6 ½ months! This week it is Chick-fil-A.

Here are some of the healthier options:

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, 300 calories, 3.5g fat, 38g carbs, 29g protein, 1120mg sodium
Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich NO BUN, 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 3g carbs, 21g protein, 670mg sodium
Chick-n-minis – 3 count, 280 calories, 10g fat, 31g carbs, 16g protein, 640mg sodium
Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit Salad, 230 calories, 6g fat, 23g carbs, 22g protein, 650mg sodium
Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad, 180 calories, 6g fat, 11g carbs, 22g protein, 650mg sodium
Fruit Cup: Large, 100 calories, 0g fat, 27g carbs, 1g protein, 0mg sodium
Side Salad, 70 calories, 4.5g fat, 5g carbs, 5g protein, 110mg sodium
Light Italian Dressing, 15 calories, 5g fat, 2g carbs, 0g protein, 580mg sodium
Fat Free honey Mustard Dressing, 60 calories, 0g fat, 114g carbs, 0g protein, 210mg sodium
Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic, 70 calories, 2g fat, 12g carbs, 0g protein, 150mg sodium

First of all, let me say I applaud some other fast food restaurants that have taken steps to reduce the sodium in their food, and I hope others follow. There is a lot of sodium in Chick-fil-A’s food. If you are working out and sweating a lot, sodium is of less concern than if you are sedentary. If you are sedentary, it can lead to hypertension/high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney failure. So I recommend you to steer towards lower sodium foods! During the show, I would often, after a 2-3 hour workout, stop by Chick-fil-A and get a Chargrilled Chicken sandwich with no bun. It gave me 110 calories of mostly protein, which aided in helping me retain my muscle mass during my massive weight loss on the show. The sodium was 670mg, but after I had sweated for 2-3 hours, I actually needed to replenish sodium into my body. So SWEAT MORE if you eat higher sodium foods!

Danny’s Choice: Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad (I often choose to bring my own dressing, but if I don’t, I opt for the Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic for lower sodium content)

Second Choice: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich NO BUN (I usually opt to take off at least the top bun, which saves on sodium, calories and carbs!)

Third Choice: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich (higher sodium, but remember, eating out is NOT what I do every day, nor do I recommend it. This is a survival guide to help you make the best choices possible in the situation!)

Honorable Mention: Chick-n-Minis 3-count

Best Side: Fruit Cup – Large

dannySecond Side: Side Salad w/ Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic

Danny’s Meal Choice: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, NO TOP BUN, Mustard, Fruit Cup-Large, Unsweetened Iced-Tea.

Next, I move on to Arby’s! Is there ANYTHING at all to eat at Arby’s?

To learn more about Danny Cahill and The Biggest Loser, or to purchase his books, please visit his website at thedannycahill.com. 

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