While we may never be able to match the speed of a drive thru meal, there are many ways we can find alternatives to our fast food favorites that are just as cheap and appetizing.
6 Healthy Alternatives to Fast Food Favorites
Use an air fryer
Air fryers have become growing in popularity the last few years as a common kitchen gadget across the country. Unlike having to soak a foodstuff in oil, the air fryer significantly reduces the oil needed, but still provides the delicious flavor and crispiness that you’re looking for. Most items simply need to be lightly sprayed with cooking oil to achieve the best results. Common drive thru cravings such as sweet potato fries, regular fries, and even onion rings can be made with little to no oil just in a few minutes, still coming out crispy and satisfying like your favorite fast food fries. Along with substituting for fast food items, an air fryer is useful in various other ways, such as roasting vegetables, reheating food, and perfectly cooking frozen food items. From individual portions to family size, the air fryer can perfectly provide you and your family with guilt-free fast food favorites.
Air fryers come in all shapes and sizes and can be sold as low as $60. Below are two options at different price points for an air fryer:
Enjoy baked chicken instead of fried chicken
Like the air fryer, the oven significantly reduces the need for oil to create a crispy texture that fried food provides. This guilt free option needs only a few common kitchen ingredients: flour, egg, breadcrumbs, chicken (legs, thighs, or breasts) and spices of your choosing.
Use your oven fried chicken to make your own homemade McDonald's crispy chicken sandwich, chicken tenders your kids will love, or a KFC-like bucket meal for the family.
Here is a good recipe to follow for some oven fried chicken from Wholesome Recipe Box (click here).
Make a sandwich with toasted sweet potato slices instead of bread
When put against bread, sweet potato is incomparable in its health benefits and nutrient content. When making a sandwich, simply cut two thin pieces of sweet potato lengthwise and throw them in your toaster or toaster oven until cooked though. You can even use this as a substitute for toast in the morning as well. Simply spread avocado, hummus, or peanut butter on top, and you’ve got yourself a great energy dense breakfast or snack.