Diapers, laundry, housework (truly never-ending), homework, piano lessons, soccer games ... let's face it, raising children takes time! And all the activities that go with having a family sometimes leave little time in the kitchen for cooking yet another meal.
We are thankful for the convenience of fast foods; however, we are not so grateful when the super sizing applies not just to our French fries, but our family's waistlines, too. Not only are we busting out of our jeans, but many of us are suffering with the effects of overeating and poor food choices—obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, to name a few.
It's no wonder with our fast-paced lifestyles that we frequent these quick food sources—they seem to be popping up all over. In 2001, there were roughly 222,000 fast food restaurants in the United States generating sales of more than $125 billion, according to the National Restaurant Association. Yet hitting the drive-through circuit doesn't have to be ruinous to your family's health. Parents are role models for their kids, even when it comes to making good selections at the local burger joint. The goal then is to find a balance between convenience and health—benefiting us both mentally and physically, and setting our children up for a lifetime of making wise decisions about food.
Fast Food Pitfalls
There are some general dos and don'ts for eating on the run. It's a good idea to keep the basics of proper nutrition in mind and adopt a plan for making healthy food choices before you place your order at the drive-through. For starters, check out this list of fast food hazards: