Make Your Own Healthy Versions of These 10 Fast-Food Classics
Fast-food restaurants have faced their fair share of (well deserved) criticism, but no matter how much negative press they receive, they remain part of the traditional American childhood. Fond memories of Happy Meals, PlayPlaces, and paper crowns keep drawing us back to our favorite fast-food restaurants.
But this is an unhealthy relationship. Fast food is infamous for its sodium, fat, calories, added sugars, and preservatives. Burgers and fries often arrive frozen, and are reheated in the deep fryer or broiler. The United States has the highest concentration of fast-food outlets per-capita, and as a result has become one of the fattest countries in the world.
Thankfully, you can still indulge in your favorite fast-food pleasures without stepping foot inside one of the restaurants. Mimicking fast-food classics is a fun exercise to do at home, especially with kids. Sometimes it’s something as simple as omitting the extra sodium or avoiding the deep fryer that makes these dishes healthy. Why settle for a Whopper and a hash brown when you can make an egg-in-a-hole grilled cheese breakfast burger?
Here’s how to make your own healthy versions of these 10 fast-food classics.