AP9 Connections Helps Consumers Make Healthier Fast-Food Choices

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AP9 Connections offers members savings at fast food outlets and other restaurants as well as at theme parks, entertainment retailers and elsewhere.

When most people think of fast food, “healthy” probably isn’t the word that springs to mind. While that may not change any time soon, many fast-food eateries are now offering healthier choices for diners concerned about what they eat, notes AP9 Connections, a leading entertainment discount membership program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC.

AP9 Connections members know that they can enjoy great deals on meals just by logging on at DealPass.com and purchasing gift cards to various fast-food restaurants at a 20% savings.

On any given day, as many as one in four Americans eat fast food, and such dietary habits have been mentioned as a causal factor in America’s increased obesity rates. AP9 Connections therefore offers a few tips for making fast-food feasts a bit more healthy:

-- Check out the nutritional content beforehand. Go to the fast-food website of your choice to see whether they post nutritional information about their meals (many of them do now). Knowing what’s healthy and what’s not will help you make an informed decision the next time you’re placing an order.

-- Cut back on condiments and salad dressings. A grilled chicken or fish sandwich is a healthy choice; loading that sandwich with mayonnaise or tartar sauce significantly reduces its healthy value. Similarly, a salad with little or no dressing is a lot healthier than one that’s soaked in dressing.

-- Down-size your portions. This may be easier said than done -- it’s difficult to turn away from half a cheeseburger or two dozen fries -- but American restaurant portions tend to be “super-sized” compared to the rest of the world. Calorie-wise, they’re typically much, much larger than is recommended, let alone needed, to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your portions are big, plan to take half your meal home to reheat as a separate meal the next day. Learning how to say no -- and mean it -- is the key to dietary discipline.

-- Avoid fried foods and sodas. Fried food is often highly saturated in fat, offering very little nutritional value at the cost of a whole lot of calories. Likewise, most non-diet sodas are high in sugar content and are lacking in any nutritional value. (Studies also suggest that a diet high in fried foods and sodas can lead to increased acne problems.) If possible, order a baked potato (with a side of vegetables rather than butter, cheese or sour cream) and water instead.

-- Order from the light menu. Most fast-food restaurants now offer healthy meal alternatives, like salads, grilled chicken and fish, baked potatoes and more. Choose baked, broiled, steamed, poached or roasted entrees over fried entrees, and keep your side dishes and dressings to a minimum.

In addition to savings for their favorite restaurants, members can enjoy great deals on theme park admissions, movie and concert tickets, books, music, games and more -- offering them healthy fun at budget-conscious prices through AP9 Connections.

About AP9 Connections

AP9 Connections is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as AP9 Connections.

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