Fast food is all around us and it’s a convenient way to fill up when you’re out and about. While a large order of burger and fries is not considered part of a balanced diet, all the major fast food chains do offer healthy choices. So when your busy day calls for a trip to the drive-thru, consider ordering one of these seven surprisingly healthy fast food meal options that won’t ruin your diet or triple your daily calorie intake.
1. Burger King: Whopper Jr. (hold the mayo) with Apple Fries on the Side
Yes, you can still treat yourself to a burger. Just make sure to order the junior version without the mayo and choose apple fries for the healthiest option.
Nutrition Info: 255 calories, 9 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 400 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 9 g protein.
2. KFC: Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and 5.5-inch Corn on the Cob
Choose the grilled chicken over a bucket of fatty fried chicken. It tastes great and your body will thank you.
Nutrition Info: 430 calories, 10 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 90 mg cholesterol, 905 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, and 41 g protein.
3. Wendy’s: Chili-topped Potato
Make your own healthy meal and order the plain baked potato and a small chili. Top the potato with the chili for a totally satisfying lunch or dinner.
Nutrition info: 460 calories, 6 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 855 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, 12 g fiber, and 21 g protein.
4. McDonald’s: Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken and Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette plus Fruit n Yogurt Parfait
This tasty salad is a great bet over the high calorie and high fat menu items, plus you can feel good about indulging in a healthy parfait treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Nutrition Info: 480 calories, 13 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1180 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, and 31 g protein.
5. Subway: 6-Inch Veggie Delight on 9-Grain Wheat Bread With Vegetable Beef Soup
Grab a healthy lunch on the go with this soup and sandwich combo. You’ll get veggies galore with this delicious duo.
Nutrition info: 320 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 1010 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, and 12 g protein.
6. Chipotle: Vegetarian Burrito Bowl with Brown Rice, Black Beans, Fajita Vegetables, Lettuce and Roasted Chili-corn Salsa
This meal is loaded with fiber and good-for-you antioxidants for an all-around great vegetarian lunch choice.
Nutrition Info: 425 calories, 10 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 925 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 19.5 g fiber, 14.5 g protein.
7. Taco Bell: Chicken Fresco Burrito Supreme and Pintos ‘N’ Cheese
Get your Taco Bell fix the healthy way with a serious protein and fiber boost burrito.
Nutrition Info: 520 calories, 15 g fat, 5.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 2140 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 17 g fiber, 28 g protein.