Seven 'Healthier' Fast Food Options
If you find yourself at the drive-through speaker, here are some of the better choices you can make.
1. At Burger King:
Try a Whopper Jr. (with no mayo) or a plain hamburger. Both have 260 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 13 grams of protein. Or go with a 4-piece Chicken Tenders, which also has 11 grams of fat but only 190 calories.
2. At Chick-fil-A:
Go for a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with 290 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 29 grams of protein. Or try the Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad with only 180 calories and 6 grams of fat (not including salad dressing).
3. At McDonald’s:
Keep it simple with a plain hamburger. At 250 calories and 9 grams of fat, it’s not the worst decision you can make. Another choice is the Grilled Snack Wrap with Ranch or Honey Mustard. Also at 250 calories, it only has 8 grams of fat and at least 14 grams of protein.
4. At Wendy’s:
Try the half size Berry Almond Chicken Salad. It has 242 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 21 grams of protein. Or go for a Jr. Cheeseburger with no mayo. It’s got 270 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 15 grams of protein.
5. At Long John Silver’s:
In general, try to steer clear of the sandwiches. Instead, go for the Tilapia Entrée (with rice and vegetables), which has 250 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 25 grams of protein. Or a 3-piece Battered Shrimp with 130 calories and 9 grams of fat.
6. At Arby’s:
Try a Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich, with 210 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein. Or a Roasted Chopped Farmhouse Salad, with 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 23 grams of protein.
7. At Taco Bell:
Stick with a simple taco. A Crunchy Beef Taco has 170 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 8 grams of protein, while a Chicken Soft Taco has only 180 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 14 grams of protein. An even better way to go is to make your taco “Fresco” (meaning they replace the cheese with Fiesta Salsa).