Love fast food? Chris Powell offers healthy favorites
2:43 PM, May 15, 2012
7:25 PM, May 16, 2012
CINCINNATI - Fast food -- it's quick, cheap, and often packed with fat, but there are options out there that won't break the calorie bank.
We called in health guru Chris Powell to reveal the healthiest and most affordable meals at the drive-through.
"It's rare to find this in a lot of fast food nowadays," Powell said.
Powell, the so-called Transformation Specialist from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition", gives his top three fast food chains he claims are serving up good choices for your budget and your diet.
"We can create the body we want simply by following these numbers right here," Powell said. "It's like the blueprint to our body just waiting to be discovered."
At around 300 calories, Powell picks Subway's Fresh Fit sandwiches, but forget about the cheese, avocado and dressing.
"I'll tell you what a fantastic option is; vinegar," Powell said. "Believe it or not just a little vinegar, not vinaigrette because vinaigrette is vinegar and oil,and here at Subway they've got that."
Powell said another good choice at the sandwich shop is a turkey flatbread sandwich with loads of veggies.
So for $4 you're out the door with a wholesome, well-rounded meal. If ordering a combo meal at Subway, Powell recommends skipping the chips and soda and going with apple slices and a bottled water instead.
"It's going to keep you, No. 1, within your budget, and No. 2, on your diet," Powell added.
"I know a lot of people go for burritos," Powell said. "Not the best option because flour tortillas alone are 300 calories."
So Powell opts for a chicken bowl with brown rice, black beans and fresh tomato salsa. His choice for all you low-carb dieters is steak salad with grilled veggies and green salsa. He reminds you to hold the cheese and avocado. Both meals run less than $7 a piece.
"Two hundred and twenty five calories [chicken bowl], 460 calories [steak salad], and this can be cut into two meals. It's good quality food," Powell said. "It's all fantastic and that's going to fill you up."