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With fast-food restaurants adding more nutritious, less fatty choices to their menus, this is a good time to take stock of what's out there. If you're trying to find healthy choices, here's what you can do: Look for places that offer various salads, soups, and vegetables and follow these tips to keep the calories and fats under control:

 

* Craving pizza? Ask for less cheese and choose low-fat toppings, such as onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

 

* Ready for a sandwich? Healthier choices include regular or junior-size lean roast beef, turkey, chicken breast, or lean ham. Skip the mayo, cheese, and bacon and select whole-grain breads rather than croissants or biscuits.

 

* Looking for some protein? Ask for beef, chicken, or fish that's roasted, grilled, baked, or broiled; avoid meats that are breaded or fried. If you can't bear to skip the sauces, get them on the side and use them sparingly.

 

* Crunchy salads sound good? Choose lettuce and assorted vegetables to make up most of your salad, and avoid bacon bits and shredded cheese. Request low-fat or fat-free salad dressings, vinegar, or lemon juice on the side.

 

* Can't pass up dessert? You don't have to if you choose low-fat frozen yogurt, fruit ices, sorbets, and sherbets. Of course, selecting fresh fruit, such as melon or berries, can make you feel more virtuous.

 

 

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http://www.nlm.nih.gov