Cuisine of the Day: The Burger Joint

Can a juicy burger and golden fries be a dish for dieters?
Cuisine of the Day The Burger Joint

Play it smart and that burger doesn't have to make fast use of your PointsPlus® values. Order the smallest size possible without extras like cheese, bacon or chili. Leave off the mayo and spice it up with mustard and ketchup. Ask for extra lettuce and tomato unless there's a do-it-yourself bar, where you can pile your own burger high with fresh vegetables.

If you're less of a carnivore, explore some non-beef options, like a grilled chicken sandwich or a cup of vegetarian chili. Adding a salad can enhance the meal or make a low PointsPlus value main course.

And if you can't resist those fries, get a small order. Better yet, do they have a kiddie size?

Wise Choices PointsPlus Value
Lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard 0
Side salad, without dressing 0
Vegetable salad with chicken, without dressing 2
Hamburger on bun, 1 small, fast food 6
Not-So-Wise Choices PointsPlus Value
French fries, 1 medium 11
French fries, 1 extra large 14
Onion rings, 8-9 rings 8
Cheeseburger on a bun, 1 large, fast food 15
Fast-food fish with tartar sauce sandwich, 1 medium 12

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