Fast foods don’t have to be over-processed, unhealthy and packed with high levels of fat, salt and preservatives. Many fast foods available for families in food courts do come under this unhealthy banner, however companies are moving towards producing some healthy ‘fast food’ options that are great for both adults and little ones to grab when on the run.
Food courts provide so many different options that entice little ones – but how do you make the best choice for your healthy growing toddler?
When choosing a ‘fast food’ option, try to ensure it has all 3 components for a healthy balanced meal:
- A serve of lean meat, chicken, fish, egg or a vegetarian alternative such as lentils or chickpeas – these provide protein for repair and growth of muscles
- Some energy-boosting carbohydrate such as bread, rice, pasta or potato, which helps fuel active little bodies
- Some salad or vegetables for fibre, vitamins and minerals, to keep digestive and immune systems strong
A great example is a meat and salad sandwich, or a cheese and salad wrap. Many fast food outlets now list the nutritional panel for each meal taking the guess work out of making the best choice.