So you're trying to eat healthy and/or lose some extra pounds, but you're on
the road and in a hurry – so you find yourself in the drive-through line. Not
to worry: There is such a thing as healthy fast food (or at least
healthier). You can order a meal at most fast food chains with less than
500 calories, moderate amounts of fat and saturated fat, and ample protein and
Here are 10 of the healthiest fast food meals from some of the top fast food
chains. (To make sure your beverage choice doesn't undo the calorie savings, be
sure to go for a zero-calorie drink like water, unsweetened tea, coffee, or
Healthy Fast Food Meal No. 1. Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Fruit Cup (Chick-fil-A)
Several fast food chains offer a grilled chicken sandwich. The trick is
ordering it without mayo or creamy sauce, and making sure it’s served with a
whole grain bun.
One of the healthier grilled chicken sandwiches out there is made by
Chick-fil-A. Grilled chicken sandwiches at Carl’s Jr., Wendy’s, and McDonald’s
are close seconds. The Carl’s Jr. sandwich comes with BBQ sauce, while the
Wendy’s sandwich includes a calorie-friendly honey mustard sauce. Make sure you
order the McDonald’s sandwich without mayonnaise.
Nutritional breakdown: A Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich (without
the honey-roasted BBQ sauce), along with a large fruit cup, has 400 calories,
3.5 grams fat (8% calories from fat), 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 55 mg
cholesterol, 1120 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, and 30 g
Healthy Fast Food Meal No. 2. Chili-Topped Potato (Wendy's)
You won’t find a "chili topped potato" on the Wendy’s menu. But you can make
this savory and satisfying meal happen by buying the plain baked potato and a
small chili. Together, they make a balanced meal with ample protein, carbs, and
fat, and half a day’s worth of fiber (12 grams).
A plain baked potato and small chili from Wendy’s has 460 calories, 6 g fat
(12% calories from 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.
Healthy Fast Food Meal No. 3: Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Corn on the Cob (KFC)
When you want something far from standard fast food fare, KFC’s meal deal
can be a healthful solution. Choose their tasty grilled chicken breast as your
entree, and mashed potatoes and corn as your two sides. This combination offers
plenty of protein (41 grams) with a moderate amount of carbohydrate (49 grams)
and fat (10 grams).
A meal of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and 5.5-inch corncob from (KFC)
contains 430 calories, 10 g fat (21% calories from 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.