8 of the healthiest fast food options
Putting words like healthy and fast food in the same sentence looks a little strange. Many will tell you that there is no such thing as healthy fast food, but they are only half right. Healthy fast food is possible, it’s just that there aren’t enough healthy fast food chains yet, but we’re sure it will happen in the near future. However, this does not mean that there is no possibility to order something healthy in a fast food restaurant. So here’s a list of the healthiest fast food options for when you’re in a pinch.
Ordering a salad, apple slices, or carrot sticks at McDonald’s is obviously the healthiest option, but if you’re trying to satisfy a fast food craving, it probably won’t work and you’ll be back for the burger. Try eating chicken nuggets or a small box of fries instead. They will be the least caloric, but at the same time will satisfy your craving for something bad.
The Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of the healthiest things you can order. It’s full of protein, and if you skip the cheese and sour cream, it’s a completely guilt-free but satisfying meal.
Few people think of Starbucks as a place to eat. More often than not, this is where you get coffee with more calories than a happy meal at McDonald’s. However, if you’re ever in a pinch, try their chicken. It only has about 400 calories and 12 grams of protein, making it the perfect on-the-go meal.
4. Taco Bell
Taco Bell’s Chicken Burrito Extreme can be a surprisingly decent lunch option. It’s relatively cheap, provides plenty of protein per meal, and if you substitute salsa for cheese and sour cream, you’ll bring your sodium to a very acceptable 1,000 milligrams, which is about half of what you need for the day.
5. Pizza Hut
Pizza can be healthy if you avoid processed meats and get a thin crust. Pizza Hut’s healthiest option is a vegetarian garden party pizza. Two slices is all you need to keep sodium in check and enjoy pizza without going overboard on calories.
Subway sandwiches can actually be very healthy if you stay away from heavy sauces, processed meats and cheeses. Just get the 6-inch instead of the large, load up on the veggies, get the chicken as the protein portion, and get the mustard as the dip. That way your subway is completely healthy and guilt-free. It’s that simple.
KFC may be known for their deep-fried chicken strips, but they actually have some pretty healthy food to eat. Few people know that they eat grilled chicken breast, which is one of the healthiest meals, and if you get corn instead of fries, you don’t even have to worry about calories.
8. Tim Horton’s
This Canadian fast food chain is known for their donuts and coffee, but they actually have healthy options on their menu. For example, their Harvest Vegetable Soup has less than 100 calories per serving and half the sodium of their Chili or Cream of Soup.