Today’s post may not be so tasty after all.  Salads are generally healthy for you; when you make them yourselves.  Knowing what goes into your food at restaurants is crucial.  This is why there are a lot of obese people in the world.  If you were to eat out almost every night of the week, you would gain a substantial amount of weight.  Learning to cook meals at home and buy your own groceries is so important, not only for yourself, but for you family too.  It’s quick and easy to order out, but think about your children…what you are passing down to them is something they are going to reproduce with their kids.  It’s a never ending chain.  This is why we need to get educated now so our children don’t follow in our foot steps and adopt unhealthy eating habits at an early age.  If you are forced to eat take-out for whatever reason, here are the best and worst meals to order at 5 famous fast food chains.

Here are the 5 worst salads in Canada

Burger King

The culprit: The Tendergrill Chicken BLT

This salad, which is topped with bacon and cheese and chicken, weighs in at 350 calories, 23 g fat and 1,060 mg sodium. But load on the Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette and you add 180 calories, 17 g fat and 420 mg sodium.

What to order instead
Try a BK Veggie Burger (270 calories, 6 g fat, 740 mg sodium) along with a Side Garden Salad (25 calories, 0.3 g fat, 5 mg sodium) with the Kraft Calorie-Wise Zesty Italian Dressing (20 calories, 1 g fat, 660 mg sodium).

McDonald’s

The culprit: Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken

This dish comes with fried chicken, chilli-lime tortilla strips and two kinds of cheese. Altogether, that’s 420 calories, 19 g fat and 1,220 mg sodium. Squeeze on the Caesar dressing and you add 260 calories and 29 g of fat.

What to order instead
Swap out the Southwest Salad’s crispy chicken in favour of warm, grilled chicken and you’ll drop 80 calories, 7 g fat and 340 mg sodium. Better yet, order the Mediterranean Salad with Warm Grilled Chicken (210 calories, 7 g fat, 770 mg sodium), which still offers the flavour combo of chicken, veggies and cheese.

Swiss Chalet

The culprit: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

A grilled chicken salad always sounds like such a good idea. But in the case of this one, which packs 680 calories, 41 g fat and 1,550 mg sodium, you may want to reconsider your order. If you’re in search of a healthy salad option, Caesar salad isn’t your best bet due to the fatty dressing, the croutons, Parmesan cheese and bacon that comes with this dish.

What to order instead
If you’re really craving creamy and garlicky greens, order a Side Caesar Salad with your Swiss Chalet meal. It weighs in at 210 calories, 19 g fat, and 320 mg sodium. Better yet, get the Classic Quarter Chicken dinner (with white meat, Chalet dipping sauce, fresh vegetables or garden salad), which contains 360 calories, 11 g fat and 745 mg sodium.

Taco Bell

The culprit: Fiesta Taco Salad

This salad contains dish comes in a tortilla bowl loaded with cheese, beef, sour cream and tortilla strips, so think of it as a fast-food indulgence rather than a healthy salad option. Order this salad and you’ll be consuming 850 calories, 45 g fat and 1,690 mg sodium—that’s 190 mg more than the recommended daily sodium intake for adults.

What to order instead

Sidestep the salad altogether and order yourself two portion-friendly beef Fresco hard tacos, which add up to 280 calories, 14 g fat and 820 mg sodium.

Wendy’s
 
The culprit: Baja Salad

This dish comes with tortilla strips, guacamole and cheese, but the Creamy Red Jalapeno dressing really pushes this salad into the junk-food category. With the dressing, the Baja Salad contains 740 calories, 48 g fat and 1,995 mg sodium.

What to order instead
Dig into a Grilled Chicken Go Wrap (260 calories, 10 g fat, 730 mg sodium) plus a Garden Side Salad (25 calories, 0 g fat, 30 mg sodium) with Fat Free Italian Vinaigrette (20 calories, 0 g fat, 180 mg sodium).

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