Thursday, February 7, 2013

Super Size it...or not

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight or eat healthier? Have you been able to keep this resolution? Many times, people feel that fast food is their downfall. Here are some tips on making better meal choices at the UC Satellite.

When eating fast food, look for meals lower in calories, saturated fat, and sodium - certainly a challenge when it comes to fast food! Below are some healthier meal options that you might find at the Satellite

  • Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich (think grilled, not fried!)
  • Chargrilled Chicken Salad or Chicken Nuggets
          Note: if you must have a side choose waffle fries over the coleslaw – the coleslaw has way more sodium, cholesterol, and fat

Burger Studio:
  • Veggie or Turkey Burger with apple slices or a tossed salad
          Note: For extra flavor add guacamole or banana peppers

Taco Bell (many options here):
  • Fresco chicken or steak soft tacos, make sure to ask for Fresco style
  • Chalupas
  • Cheesy Nachos
  • Doritos Locos
  • Gordita Supreme, chicken or steak
  • Volcano Taco
           Note: Water will be your best beverage options, but a 6-ounce Sparklers, 16-ounce raspberry iced tea, and orange juice are good low calorie options here.

Pizza Hut:
  • Chicken supreme, cheese, or veggie lover’s personal pan pizza are your best options for pizza
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Meaty Marinara Pasta
          Note: The pizzas are VERY high in sodium, so have half the pizza with a breadstick and keep the leftovers for lunch the next day

Smoothie King:
All these are 200 calories or less, making them a great healthy snack or dessert!
  • Celestial Cherry High
  • Coffee Smoothie Mocha
  • Gladiator
  • Green Tea Tango
  • Pineapple Pleasure
  • Slim’n’Trim, vanilla or chocolate
  • Yogurt D-lite

This blog entry is a guest entry by Katie Mersinger, dietetic intern at the University of Houston.


  1. Good post!
    I haven't had problems avoiding fast food since I became a college student. (no money outside of meal plan)
    But I sure wish I had this little guide and support when I was fighting the time/nutrition battle.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Rachel, and we hope this guide will still be helpful to you. Time is sometimes the biggest hurdle to eating healthy. Luckily, if you learn to navigate the menus, you can always find something that fits into a balanced diet. Please let us know if there are any other topics you would like to learn about!