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10 Healthiest Fast Food Menu Items

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Balancing a busy lifestyle can make it tough to eat healthy, especially with the quick and convenient option of fast food. While most fast food restaurants serve food high in calories and fats, here are some lighter options for when you’re on the go and need a quick meal. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best options from various fast food restaurants so you can keep up with your busy lifestyle but still get the nutrients you need.

Chipotle 

Chicken Burrito Bowl – 500 calories

Skip the tortilla and opt for one of Chipotle’s burrito bowls; they can be a nutritious meal without the extra fat or carbohydrates. You’re going to want to order this one without the cheese or sour cream, but guacamole is fine since it’s packed with healthy fats.

Protein – 42 grams

Fats – 13.5 grams

Carbs – 57 grams

Chick-fil-A 

Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap – 340 calories

The king of chicken sandwiches surprisingly has some pretty healthy options on the menu, and this wrap still packs all the flavor. Pair it with the buffalo or polynesian sauce and you’ll be surprised that a fast-food meal can taste like this.

Protein – 37 grams

Fats – 14 grams

Carbs – 29 grams

McDonald’s 

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich – 380 calories

There is a stigma surrounding the nutritional value of its meals since Super Size Me, but McDonald’s has been working hard to rebrand their food. Their Artisan line is their best yet move yet in serving meals of more substantial nutrition.

Protein – 37 grams

Fats – 7 grams

Carbs – 44 grams

Starbucks 

Spinach, Feta, and Cage-Free Egg-White Breakfast Wrap – 290 calories

Skip the sugary pastries and calorically dense treats when grabbing breakfast here. This hot breakfast wrap is a much healthier option.

Protein – 19 grams

Fats – 10 gram

Carbs – 33 grams

Panera 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken – 340 calories

While Panera is not your fast food restaurant, some of the options are still really high in calories and fat. You’ll want to skip the sandwich and flatbreads and opt for their highly nutritious salads like this one that is packed with flavor.

Protein – 25 grams

Fats – 13 grams

Carbs – 31 grams

Taco Bell 

Two fresco soft tacos with steak – 280 calories

The steak version of the fresco taco is your go-to for flavor, and when paired with a serving of black beans and rice, you’re still under 500 calories.

Protein – 20 grams

Fats – 8 grams

Carbs – 35 grams

Jack in the Box

Grilled chicken salad w croutons and low-fat balsamic vinaigrette – 345 calories

This grilled chicken salad that doesn’t skimp on flavor, and with 31 grams of protein, you will be satisfied for a long time. 

Protein – 31 grams

Fats – 13.5 grams

Carbs – 12 grams

Pizza Hut

Garden Party Thin-Crust Pizza, two medium slices – 460 calories

When choosing pizza, always go with the thin crust to reduce carbs, and don’t forget your veggies. This pizza comes with a bunch including tomatoes, onions, and green peppers.

Protein – 18 grams

Fats – 18 grams

Carbs – 60 grams

Subway 

6-inch Turkey Breast Sub, no cheese, add avocado – 340 calories

At Subway, choose the lean turkey and load up on veggies. Avocado instead of cheese is a healthier fat that still adds flavor and texture.

Protein – 18 grams

Fats – 9 grams

Carbs – 49 grams

In-N-Out 

Protein-Style Cheeseburger with spread – 240 calories

When you need to satisfy your craving for California’s favorite fast food restaurant, go protein style. Swap out the bun for lettuce while still getting your fix.

Protein – 22 grams

Fats – 27 grams

Carbs – 3 grams

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