fast food

Nowadays fast-food doesn’t always have to mean fatty. When you’re on the run, either from taking a quick lunch break, or a road trip, there are times when fast-food is your only option.

But that doesn’t mean you have to gorge yourself on a Big Mac and feel guilty about it because of the high calories and fat content.  Plenty of fast-food restaurants now have a ton of healthier options for the calorie and health conscious people.

Below you’ll find healthier options for 2 of the most popular fast food restaurants.


• You don’t have to be a kid to choose a Happy Meal. As of March 2012, a McDonald’s Happy Meal automatically includes apple slices (about 1/4 cup), a kids’ size fry, and the option of a beverage including fat-free chocolate milk or 1 percent low-fat white milk.

• For a classic option, choose oatmeal, which has 260 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein without brown sugar. (Fruit and Maple Oatmeal with brown sugar supplies 290 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.)

• Another option is a hamburger (without sauce): 250 calories, 9 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein.

• Or, go for a Grilled Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap (no extra sauce): 270 calories, 12 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein.

• You could also dig into a Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (without dressing): 290 calories, 8 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein

Taco Bell

The Fresco Menu is lighter in calories and fat than the rest of the menu, but beware that burritos pack more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium each, so stick to the tacos.

You’ll find a Fresco Crunchy Taco contains 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 310 milligrams of sodium and 6 grams of protein. Perhaps pair one with a salad.

What’s your healthy fast food preference?

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One Comment

  1. evidently, people have very different ideas of what “healthy” means. if you’re going by calorie counts, then i guess it’s okay. but, if you’re going for nutritionally dense foods, these are not healthy at all.

    a mcdonald’s hamburger, fries or anything from taco bell is pure crappy manufactured highly processed “faux” food.

    it’s amazing the extent to which people have been brainwashed into believing certain things they consume are actually food.

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