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Surprisingly Healthy Fast Food Menu Items Slideshow

Surprisingly Healthy Fast Food Menu Items Slideshow

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Fast food deserves its share of criticism. Most menu items from Burger King, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell are made with processed ingredients, excess fats, and little nutritional value. Their burgers, burritos, and French fries are low in fiber and high in salt, and they leave you and your stomach unsatisfied.

Fast-food chains have become such a perceived problem in the United States that lawmakers have been restricting their ability to market products directly to children. These billion-dollar corporations also don’t take kindly to public criticism. McDonald’s is particularly famous for suing activists who speak out against its food and company practices.

Fortunately, the era of unhealthy fast food is slowly being phased out and replaced: Fast-food chains are now actively responding to customers’ requests for healthier menu items. Instead of just offering a skimpy side salad to (pretend to) appeal to healthy-eaters, fast-food chains now take pride in offering low-fat and low-calorie sandwiches, wraps, nuggets, and various other meals. Healthy options are growing in popularity — even though they could be more clearly defined sometimes. You could actually eat fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and still eat nutritiously.

Surprisingly Healthy Fast Food Menu Items

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Fast food deserves its share of criticism. You could actually eat fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and still eat nutritiously.

Burger King: Cheeseburger

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Burger King: Grilled Chicken Sandwich

A rule of thumb when looking for healthy fast food is to opt for the chicken over the beef. Chicken is a lean protein and contains less saturated fat than a burger. The grilled chicken sandwich from Burger King contains a whopping (no pun intended) 32 grams of protein — more than an RXBAR or Quest Protein Bar.

Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Nuggets

For a place that’s famous for its fried chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A has a surprising number of healthy options, the best being the grilled chicken nuggets. The eight-piece grilled chicken nuggets contain 140 calories and only 3 grams of total fat. They are a great option compared to eight pieces of McDonald’s deep-fried nuggets, which have 360 calories and 22 grams of total fat. Pair these with some French fries and you’ve got a delicious meal.

Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap

This wrap involves a wheat tortilla, chicken strips, cheese, and vegetables. They keep it simple with crunchy carrots and savory grilled meat to keep the fat and calorie count down. It comes with Avocado Lime Ranch dressing on the side so you can control your portions with ease. After all, who really knows what’s in ranch dressing?

Chipotle Mexican Grill: Burrito Bowl

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Though we can’t make any promises about the likelihood you’ll get food poisoning, we can tell you that the burrito chain offers some surprisingly healthy options. With the burrito bowl, you’re not stuffing yourself with both the rice and the tortilla (who decided to add rice to a burrito anyway?). You get to choose your portions, choose your favorites, and craft your own version of a balanced meal. The fat content in their meat is on the lower end. Their steak, shockingly, has less saturated fat than their chicken. If you’re going for the cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, however, be mindful of the dietary fat you’re adding to your plate.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Egg and Cheese on an English Muffin

Dunkin’s egg and cheese on an English muffin is a harmless way to start off your morning. The sandwich has only 300 calories and 5 grams of saturated fat, and still packs 7 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

KFC: Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Everybody knows grilled has less fat than fried. KFC’s chicken is no exception. A piece of Kentucky Grilled Chicken has just 90 calories and 4 grams of fat, whereas the classic fried chicken at the chain has 120 calories and 7 grams of fat. Of course, the real nutrition bombs come from their sides and desserts — be aware of what you load in your box.

McDonald’s: Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad

You can have your bacon ranch, and eat it too. McDonald’s bacon ranch grilled chicken salad isn’t short on delectable fast-food flavor, but swapping in salad greens instead of a bun or tortilla drastically reduces the meal’s number of calories and carbohydrates. The salad has 42 grams of protein, and is only 320 calories with 9 grams of carbohydrates.

Starbucks: Turkey Bacon and Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Egg whites are a low-calorie protein source, and the fact that the eggs are from cage-free chickens adds another element of environmental awareness that we need to see more of in the fast-food industry. The reduced-fat turkey bacon doesn’t detract from the sandwich’s flavor but does greatly lower the saturated fat content. With 16 grams of protein and only 230 calories, this is a seriously healthy breakfast sandwich.

Subway: Black Forest Ham

Some of this “healthier” chain’s sandwiches can load on the dressing and mayo. Even some salads they serve have as much fat as four spoonfuls of lard. Their Black Forest Ham sandwich, however, kicks up the flavor with crunchy vegetables and heart-healthy olives. The result is under 5 grams of healthy fats alongside a good portion of protein and whole grains.

Taco Bell: Bean Burrito

Taco Bell: Power Menu Burrito, Chicken or Veggie

Wendy’s: Double Stack

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It’s got two hamburger patties, and somehow is still less than 400 calories?! Those wizards at Wendy’s must be cooking up some cheeseburger sorcery. With this pickle-topped cheeseburger, there’s no need to skimp on the carbs and replace your bun. You’ve got 25 grams of protein to balance out that satisfying, fluffy bread.

Wendy’s: Grilled Chicken Sandwich

You truly can’t go wrong with a big piece of grilled chicken. The tricky part is when restaurants start to add mayo and all kinds of fatty sauce. With the flavor this sandwich already borrows from a smoky honey mustard and juicy tomato, Wendy’s doesn’t need to. The chain is famously bold and always stands up to its haters. Did you know Wendy’s was the first to have a dollar menu? We bet you didn’t know that (or these 19 other facts) about the fast food chain.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

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If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


16 Of The Healthiest Fast Food Options So You Can Eat Well On The Go

Court Cook/ Unsplash

If you’re a working mom, dad or caregiver (or just a busy human), you most likely spend a ton of time in your car. As a matter of fact, a recent study suggests that Americans spend anywhere from nine to almost eleven hours in their car per week. That means, at some point or another, you’re probably driving around hungry AF and you may not know where to go for the healthiest fast food. It starts with, “I’m kinda hungry. But, let’s see if I can get through these errands and just eat at home.” An hour later, you’re in Target rage-buying Oreos “for later.” Before you know it, you’re rolling up to Mickey D’s and ordering the whole left side of the menu. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

If you’re like us, you probably couldn’t think of a healthy meal option for eating out so delaying the inevitable seemed like your best bet. Knowing where you can go and what you can get to stay relatively healthy is key to making good choices. One sure-fire way to eat healthy, without ordering a salad: Order off the kids’ menu. Even though you’re likely eating spicy nugs or just a burger, they come with healthier side options (like Wendy’s summer berry cup!) and offer smaller portions. Bonus: Kids’ meals are super cheap — which is why so many restaurants offer free meals to kids. So, where are the best places to find healthy fast food? Check out one of our over dozen suggestions so you can eat nutritious and balanced meals on the go.

Looking for some at-home meal ideas? Check out our package on yummy easy recipes that include quick breakfast ideas, tips on cooking the perfect hardboiled egg, easy egg recipes, and healthy breakfast foods.


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