Fast Food Options for Bariatric Clients - Bariatric Food Expert

March 18, 2019by admin0

Fast Food happens sometimes.  We’ve all been there numerous times.

It is 6 pm and the family is at home waiting for your arrival.  You are stressed, tired, hungry, and you just want to get home and eat.  The idea of a half-empty fridge and a sink full of dishes is not a very inspiring thought.

There are 15 fast food restaurants on your way home.  The struggle is real.  If you choose to stop and order, what are the best options for you and your family?  I have done some digging and I think you will be pleased with the information I have found for you.

The hardest part for me when choosing fast food is to pass on the french fries.  The smell of fast food alone bring images of hot, crunchy french fries to mind.  If I can get that image out of my head and make wise decisions, then these places can be an okay option when I have no food in my fridge and a hungry group at home waiting for dinner.

Yes, sometimes Fast Food Happens and when it does, let’s try to make the best decisions for our health.


This is an excellent option if you are wanting to eat a healthier version of fast food.  You can order a customized burrito bowl with your choice of chicken or steak.  Top it up with tomatoes and lettuce and skip the rice and beans.  

Chick-Fil-A Lunch or Dinner

Stay away from the deep fried and breaded sandwiches and french fries here.  Let’s choose the grilled chicken nuggets with a side salad and light Italian dressing. Boom.

Chick-Fil-A Breakfast

Ever find yourself pulling into one of these places for a breakfast sandwich and a juice.  Skip the juice and order the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl with Sausage.  With the hash browns, this dish has under 20 grams of carbs.  Sure, it’s not as healthy as eating at home but if you watch your calorie intake, sodium intake, and increase your water intake for the rest of the day, it is better than a lot of other options on the menu.

Jimmy John’s

Ever heard of a Turkey Tom Unwich?  Yup, it’s the sandwich minus the bread.  They are crunchy, delicious, high in fiber and they can keep you on track. They go together with your low carb lifestyle.  If you hold the mayo and add mustard, you can reduce the calories and fat and take it to the next level.


Now for one of my favorites!  Starbucks and their new Sous Vide Egg White and Pepper Bites.  The first time I found these, I was at the airport and I was thrilled to read the nutritional breakdown on this option.  High in protein and low in carbs, it makes the perfect snack/ or small meal while on the go.  They have a nice velvety texture and taste great!


This is another one of my recent finds.  Instead of ordering a sandwich at Subway, order a salad – and make it a “chopped salad”.  Choose the tuna, chicken or turkey breast and pick your favorite cheese, veggies, and dressing.  If you ask for the salad to be chopped, they will chop all the veggies and meat together and into smaller pieces.  It makes a big difference and takes a simple salad to a higher level.

Panda Express

So what’s a gal to do when presented with a Chinese Food Buffet or Takeout?  It can be a really difficult decision because so much of it contains rice and fried foods.  How about this – go for the Panda Express String Beans and Chicken.  This option is full of Asian flavors while being high in protein and fiber. 

Taco Bell

How can you visit Taco Bell and keep healthy at the same time? Giant burritos and fried tacos line their menu.  How about a Taco Bell Power Menu Bowl with Grilled Chicken?  This way you can have your Mexican flavors while staying low carb.  Make sure to ask them to “hold the rice” when you place your order.


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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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