11 HEALTHY MENU ITEMS AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS
Is it really possible to find healthy items on a fast food restaurant menu and what about CHEAP and healthy fast food options? I guess that depends on your definition of healthy. I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that yes, there are some healthy options out there (and on this list) but honestly, they are few and far between.
But if you’re really just looking for low-calorie fast food restaurant items, your options just opened up so much more! I’ve got you covered in both areas so you can sit back, relax, and know you’re making a better choice when ordering the items on this list the next time you head to your favorite fast food restaurant when you’re on the go.
Also, Here’s a great list of the top 21 tips on how to eat healthy at restaurants.
If you’re looking for the healthiest fast food under $5, McDonald’s has a few options, but not many. One of McDonald’s healthiest and lowest calorie items is the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich (380 calories).
This includes tomato, lettuce and their herbal sauce. You can always ask without sauce to further lower the calories.
Now, Wendy’s has quite a few healthy items on the menu for a fast food restaurant if you look at their variety of amazing salads. The half size Chicken Apple Pecan Salad only has 340 calories and the full size contains 570.
3. KING HAMBURGER
He Whopper Jr with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, ketchup, onions, and no mayonnaise is only 240 calories. Who doesn’t love their famous grilled hamburgers? Delicious!
4. TACO BELL
I love the “cool style” option at Taco Bells. Replace cheese, creamy sauces, sour cream, and/or guacamole with delicious pico de gallo. You can make almost anything on their cool style menu. My personal favorite is the steak soft taco, fresh style. They are only 140 calories each!
Chic-Fil-A actually has a lot of healthy fast food restaurant menu options. One of the most popular is the Grilled Fresh Wrap (350 calories) Choose your light Italian dressing and only add an extra 25 calories!
We all remember Jared, right? So it’s no secret that you can’t go wrong with Subway when you’re trying to eat healthy…that is if you’re ordering right. The 6-inch Subway Club only contains 290 calories.
The main reason people struggle to make good choices at Subway is not the food options themselves, but the condiments they put on their sub. So stay away from the mayonnaise. Also be sure to check out their Fresh Fit menu for other great low calorie options.
Panera is very good and they actually have a lot of great salads that are healthy and low in calories. Try the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (410 calories).
And during the summer, they release their Chicken Poppy Seed Salad (340 calories). It is my favorite! I love berries in my salad.
8. PIZZA SHUT
Pizza Hut isn’t really the best place to go if you’re trying to stay low-calorie, but if you must, order a small pizza and limit the number of slices you have. The Small Crunchy Thin Crust Supreme contains 120 calories per slice.
For a spicy option, opt for the Classic Roast Beef Sandwich (360 calories). But if you’re looking for a cold sandwich or salad, Arby’s has a Market Fresh section on their menu with plenty of low-calorie and healthy options.
What would this list be without a couple of breakfast options, right? Try Starbuck’s Spinach, Feta and Egg White Breakfast Wrap if you want to start your day off right. It’s only 280 calories and has enough protein and fiber to keep you full until lunch.
11. DUNKIN DONUTS
Dunkin Donuts actually has a DDSmart menu that contains quite a few low calorie and low sodium options. Their ham, egg and cheese English muffin is really good and only 360 calories.
So which of these healthy fast food restaurant menu items are you going to order the next time you go out? Let me know below in the comments!
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