Sometimes fast food is the only option, and sometimes maybe it’s just the easiest option. Whatever your reason is for hitting the drive-thru, it doesn’t mean you have to forego your healthy diet. Fast food chains are starting to lighten up their menus, offering low calorie options and more fruits and vegetables.
But before you drive to the nearest Burger King or McDonalds, here are 10 of the healthiest options on the menu, all under 350 calories!
Subway’s Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt
This breakfast sandwich contains egg whites, black forest ham, green peppers, American and Monterey
Jack cheeses and red onion. At only 160 calories, it’s one of the lowest calorie breakfasts around – and it’s even got cheese on it!
160 calories, Fat 4g, Protein 15g; Carbohydrate 19g; Fiber 5g; Sodium 680mg
Burger King hits a home run with this 260 calorie burger. A flame-broiled beef patty is topped with red ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and onions-all on a toasted sesame seed bun. Just remember to nix the mayo!
260 calories, 29g carbs, 10g fat, 13g protein, 460mg sodium
Subway 6” Turkey Breast and Black Forest Ham Sandwich
Order this 6-inch sub on 9-grain wheat bread with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pickles, olives, mustard or vinegar – or whatever other low calories vegetables you like. It’s high in sodium, so watch the rest of the day’s sodium intake if you order this.
310 calories, 4 g fat, 1,255 mg sodium
These are the best chicken nuggests around! Not only are they some of the best tasting nuggets around, but they are also packed with 28 grams of protein, but low in calories and fat. They are high in sodium, but most fast food is, making these still one of the healthier choices.
315 calories, 12 g fat, 1,170 mg sodium
McDonald’s Egg McMuffin
The Egg McMuffin is the best breakfast sandwich on McDonald’s menu, and it tastes pretty good, too! Served on an english muffin with lean canadian-style bacon, egg and cheese, it’s a breakfast that will fill you up without filling you out.
300 calories, 12g fat, 4.5g saturated fat
Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco
Taco Bell’s Fresco Style menu is packed with healthy options that swap fresh salsa (packed with cancer-fighting lycopene) for fatty cheese and sauce. Order 2 of these for a satisfying lunch that will keep you full until your next meal.
150 calories, 7g fat, 2.5g saturated fat
This slimming bagel sandwich dishes up a generous serving of tuna salad piled with lettuce, tomato, and red onion on a honey whole-wheat bagel thin. It’s loaded with 5 grams of filling fiber, 22 grams protein, and 40 percent of your daily dose of iron!
320 calories, 16 grams fat, 650 milligrams sodium
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich
This marinated grilled chicken breast from Chik-fil-A comes served on a wheat bun with dill pickle chips, lettuce, and tomato, and it’s one of the leanest chicken sandwiches you’ll find at a fast food joint! With 29 grams of lean protein and only 4 grams of fat, it’s one of the best choices you can make. It’s high in sodium, though, so avoid it if you’re watching your sodium.
290 calories, 4 grams fat, 1,030 milligrams sodium
Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita
This Mexican-style pita sandwich from Jack in the Box’s Healthy Dining menu is stuffed with grilled chicken, shredded cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato all tucked into a warm whole-grain pita. Order yours without the shredded cheddar, and you’ll can trim an extra 145 milligrams of sodium, 67 calories, and 7 gram of fat.
326 calories, 10 grams fat, 987 milligrams sodium
Don’t let the size fool you, this chili is far from small! Full of veggies, beans, and ground beef, and offering 6 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein, this is a choice you can feel good about.
210 calories, 6 grams fat, 880 mg sodium
Stay tuned for more healthy options to start popping up on fast food menus across the nation!