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Follow These Rules When You Order Takeout

One dietitian shares her top tips for increasing the health factor at any drive-thru lane or counter.

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Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health, registered dietitian and author of Eat Clean, Stay Lean, shares her top tips for increasing the health factor at any drive-thru lane or counter.

Burritos
Hold the rice and/or potato, since you’ve got the grain covered with the tortilla. Choose black beans, pico de gallo (salsa fresca), extra lettuce, tomatoes and other veggies. Instead of sour cream or any more than a sprinkle of cheese, go for avocado. You might also consider eating half!

Egg Sandwiches
This is a pretty good choice for fast food. Sodium can get high with the ham or sausage, so consider omitting that. Try to pair with fruit, such as apple slices or a pre-made cup.

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Salads
“The dressing can make the salad in steep competition with the burger for calories if you’re not careful,” Bazilian says. Use less dressing or go for olive oil and vinegar or some citrus like lemon or orange.

Sandwiches
Whether it’s a burger or a wrap, be careful about the size and quality of the ingredients. If you can get a whole-grain wrap, do it. Choose grilled meats or veggie/hummus with no mayo and pile on any extra vegetables offered.

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