Not too long ago, eating at fast food joints was best consumed on special occasions or as a rare treat. Fast food was most commonly associated with fat, sodium and empty calories, which is why it was best to be eaten in moderation. There’s been a shift in recent years and fast food chains are reconsidering their selection to feature fresh, low fat and healthy options. Even those with sensitive diets and allergies have plenty to choose from, which wasn’t an option even five years ago.

“If you are eating on the go, try to find spots that offers salads, wraps, sandwiches, and fruit instead of venues specializing in greasy burgers and fries,” 

These changes have made eating out nearly the equivalent to eating a home-cooked meal. With all the healthy and delicious choices available, takeout has never been more convenient.

Use common sense

Chef Joe Bastianich of MasterChef Junior Season two (airing at 8pm EST on CTV2, premiering November 2) says when it comes to making healthier choices, it’s all about using common sense. Go for steamed options rather than fried, for example.

“There are certainly more options for healthy eating today,” he says. “This movement has helped encourage people to really think about what they are putting into their bodies and where their food comes from. I think anything that encourages people to develop a better relationship to food is a good thing.”

Read menus diligently

Bastianich says to keep an eye out for places that emphasize healthy options on their menu.

“If you are eating on the go, try to find spots that offers salads, wraps, sandwiches, and fruit instead of venues specializing in greasy burgers and fries,” he says.
He adds that pizza is an easy option when it comes to healthy choices. “Depending on who is making it, it doesn’t have to be loaded with fat and extra calories,” he says. “If your family truly loves pizza, do a little research on the pizza places in your area — find out how they make their pizza, what kind of dough are they using.”

Giving customers what they want

Pizza Pizza’s Chief Marketing Officer, Pat Finelli says it’s about giving customers what they want.

“You follow consumer trends,” he says. “We talk to our consumers. We learned all about celiac and we decided it was time to introduce a gluten-free pizza option. So many parents are happy they can experience that with their kids, where they can have one type of pizza and the kids can have another type of pizza. It’s a win-win for everyone.”


How to order a healthy pizza

  • Start with a thin crust, which is 70 percent thinner than regular dough. There’s also whole-grain and gluten-free options.
  • Go easy on the cheese. It’s best to pick a light option, like feta, and only a sprinkling of it.
  • Go hard on the veggies. Many pizzerias offer gourmet vegetable options to choose from, including arugula, roast zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli and mushroom.