Healthy Fast Food Options
You can go through the drive-thru without breaking your diet!
Eating out doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your healthy eating plans; it’s important that you get the right types and portions of food, instead of missing out altogether! When you know what your favorite fast food chain is serving, you can order something that works right into your diet. From salads to grilled sandwiches, you might be surprised to learn what’s available.
Almost all fast food restaurants have caught onto the health-conscious buzz, and offer variations of traditional menu items, along with substitutes and diet-friendly fare. From Atkins-lovers burgers (hold the bun, please), to low-calorie desserts and sweets, you’re sure to stumble across something that will fit right into your healthy eating plan.
Since balance is always important, remember to order at least a small salad to start your meal. Most fast food chains offer at least one garden salad, and adding a low-calorie dressing is sure to round out your plate. Even though diet soda and drinks are readily available, you’ll want to include as much water and fresh juice in your daily diet. Be sure to read the nutrition facts of any bottled juices, since many aren’t juice at all—don’t be surprised to see your favorite brand reading just 2-5% real juice, since the rest is usually just sugar!
Here’s a roundup of basic food facts from your favorite food stations. Be sure to keep these healthy choices in mind on your next food run:
Martha’s Vineyard Grilled Chicken Salad: 250 calories, 8g fat, 23g Carbs, 26g protein
Light Roast Chicken Deluxe: 260 calories, 5g fat, 23g Carbs, 33g protein
Light Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 280 calories, 5g fat, 29g Carbs, 30g protein
Fire-Grilled Chicken Garden Salad: 280 calories, 7g fat, 31g Carbs, 26g protein
Original Whopper, Jr: 310 calories, 13g fat, 31g Carbs, 17g protein
Chicken Whopper w/o mayo: 460 calories, 17g fat, 52g Carbs, 25g protein
Taco Salad (without the shell or cheese): 330 calories, 13g fat, 33g Carbs, 20g protein
Soft Chicken Taco: 170 calories, 4g fat, 22g Carbs, 12g protein
Nacho Cheese Chicken Gordita: 270 calories, 10g fat, 30g Carbs, 16g protein
Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait w/ Granola: 160 calories, 2g fat, 31g Carbs, 4g protein
Chicken McGrill (without mayo): 305 calories, 4.5g fat, 37g Carbs, 27g protein
Hamburger: 260 calories, 9g fat, 33g Carbs, 13g protein
With your busy schedule and non-stop activities, it can be hard to squeeze in a healthy meal. Making sure you’re getting the right nutrition is an important part of your day, and even when you find yourself at the drive-thru, you’ll have some healthy options to choose from!
Sabah Karimi enjoys writing on health, fitness, beauty, celebrity fashion, and more for DivaVillage. When she’s not enjoying a healthy salad for lunch, you’ll find her tracking down the latest healthy food at the grocery store.