Listen we all do it, even if it’s once a year. You’re trying to eat healthy or lose those extra pounds from the winter, but you are on the road and in a hurry like, 99% of the time, and find yourself in the drive through line. No worries, there is such a thing as healthy fast food. You can order a good meal with less than 600 calories, a moderate amount of fat and good sources of protein and fiber. That’s right, I said you can do it! Here are 5 of the healthiest fast food meals from some of the most common fast food chains…
Healthy Fast Food Meal #1: Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Fruit Cup from Chick-fil-A
The key is to order it without any mayo or sauce and to make sure that it is on a whole grain bun. The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with a large fruit cup has about 400 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and about 30 grams of carbs. Definitely a go-to with any busy schedule!
Healthy Fast Food Meal #2: Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob from KFC
They have an awesome meal deal that can be beneficial to not only your wallet but a healthy solution as well. Make sure to order their grilled chicken breast as your entree and the mashed potatoes and corn as your sides. It offers about 430 calories, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and about 41 grams of protein! #PROTEEEEIN.
Healthy Fast Food Meal #3: Chicken Teriyaki Bowl from Jack In The Box
This one’s great! Try the Chicken Teriyaki Bowl. It would be better health wise if it came with brown rice instead of the white due to the sodium content but it is still very low in saturated fats and contains great amounts of protein and fiber. One of these bowls will put you at 585 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and about 25 grams of protein. It may be something to consider for dinner when you feel like you have run out of options by the end of the day.
Healthy Fast Food Meal # 4: Southwest Salad and Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait from McDonald’s
Yeah, I said it. MCDONALD’S. Believe it or not, McDonald’s makes the list. Order their Southwest Salad but make sure that the chicken is grilled and the dressing is light. Of all the fast food salad options, this is highest in fiber and protein and lowest in saturated fat. This meal will put you at about 480 calories, 4 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber and 34 grams of protein. Not too shabby Mickey D’s, not too shabby at all.
Healthy Fast Food Meal #5: Chicken Fresco Burrito Supreme and Pintos and Cheese from Taco Bell
This is great when you need a protein and fiber boost in the middle of your day! If you are a vegetarian, Taco Bell’s Fresco Bean Burrito has similar nutritional values as the Chicken Fresco Burrito Supreme. This little number will put you at about 520 Calories, 15 grams of fat, 17 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein.
Keep in mind any of these above options can be made vegetarian, just substitute the meat for a bean option or ask for more vegetables. Believe it or not, some fast food chains also have tofu or tempeh. Life’s too short to not enjoy fast food every now and then, but that doesn’t mean you have to totally binge to get your fix in. So the next time you are on-the-go and need a quick pick me up – try these tasty menu items and let us know what you think!