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Food on the Run: Burger King


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

I am starting a new series entitled Food On The Run. From time to time, I will look at a variety of restaurants and identify which items might make the healthiest options when eating away from home. To launch the new series, I have looked at a couple more leading restaurant chains and included carbohydrates as well as sodium content as many requested.

One of the reasons people stop following healthier eating habits is because they feel restricted. They miss out on gatherings with family or friends because they are "on a diet" which they come to resent. Or even worse, they go and have a great time and order all their favorites and then give up the new lifestyle because they had one bad day and feel like they failed. The key to success is learning to incorporate new healthy habits into your day to day life. This helps reduce the feelings of resentment and restriction that make you want to quit and help you see that you can enjoy life in a new way. 

Burger King 

Whopper Jr. Sandwich (without Mayo)
Calories – 290
Fat – 12 grams
Protein – 16 grams
Carbohydrate – 31 grams
Sodium – 500 mg

Flame Broiled Hamburger
Calories – 290
Fat – 12 grams
Protein – 15 grams
Carbohydrate – 30 grams
Sodium – 560 mg

Macaroni and Cheese
Calories – 160
Fat – 5 grams
Protein – 7 grams
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Sodium – 340 mg

Fresh Apple Fries
Calories – 25
Fat – 0 grams
Protein – 0 grams
Carbohydrate – 6 grams
Sodium – 0 mg

Side Salad
Calories – 15 
Fat – 0 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Carbohydrate – 3 grams
Sodium – 0 mg

Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad
Calories – 220
Fat – 7 grams
Protein – 30 grams
Carbohydrate – 27 grams
Sodium – 1080 mg

Garden Salad (no chicken)
Calories – 80
Fat – 4.5 grams
Protein – 5 grams
Carbohydrate – 7 grams
Sodium – 110 mg

Ken's Light Italian Dressing
Calories – 120
Fat – 11 grams
Protein – 0 grams
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Sodium – 440 mg

HERSHEY'S Low Fat Milk
Calories – 110 (white and180 for chocolate)
Protein – 2.5 grams
Carbohydrate – 8 grams (white and 9 for chocolate)
Sodium – 140 mg

When making any meal selection you have to balance the nutrients that are most important for you. Some people focus on carbohydrates or proteins while others focus more on the sodium or fat content. There is no right or wrong nutrient to focus on accept the nutrients that are most important for you.

Please share which nutrients provide the most influence for you in your meal selection choices? Why?

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