12 Healthy Fast Food Options

Jun 13, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Whether you’re on a long car ride or going out for lunch, there are always times when you’re in such a rush that you completely forget to bring any food with you. Sometimes you need to grab a quick meal and you want an affordable and healthy option. But when it comes to the term “healthy”, there are a few things to keep in mind. Healthy basically means that whatever food you’re eating offers you a decent combination of macronutrients without going overboard on calories or other harmful substances. Keep the following guide in mind when choosing your next meal on-the-go.

The Basics

Low in Calories: For lunch, try to keep your meals under 500 calories.

Protein: Try and ingest 10-15 grams of protein at each meal.

Low in Sodium: It’s really hard to avoid sodium in any fast food, so try and aim for under 1000 milligrams (1 gram) per meal if you’re eating out.

Low in Sugar: Like sodium, it’s hard to avoid sugar completely if you’re eating out (which is why you should not be eating out all of the time) so aim to eat things with less than 20 grams of sugar.

No Trans Fats: Trans fats are directly related to heart disease so it’s really important to aim for zero trans fats at every meal.

With these recommendations in mind, we’re assuming you’re not ordering any sides or sugar-ridden fountain drinks. While we should try and eat home-cooked meals as often as possible, here are our top picks for the healthiest fast food options. Next up we have our top picks from our favorite fast food chains.

McDonalds

McDonald’s has always had a bad reputation when it comes to food, but if you dig deep enough and order with a sense of what you’ll be asking for you can make some decent choices for food when you’re in a bind. The key is to refuse all the extra things that come with the meals at McDonalds. Avoid drinking soda and don’t get fries or apple pie. You could opt for a salad at McDonalds, but if you do, bring your own dressing as the packages from McDonalds have an insane amount of salt!

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich


McDonalds

This sandwich comes in at 360 calories and a solid 32g of protein. It doesn’t have any trans fats but does have a total of 6g of other types of fat. The sodium is high coming in at 930mg, and has 43g of carbohydrates, which include 3g of dietary fiber and 11g of sugar.

Chicken McNuggets


McDonalds

If you are a sucker for the Chicken McNuggets, you’ll love this option! A six-pack of Chicken McNuggets with one package of Honey Mustard dipping sauce comes in at roughly 340 calories and 13g of protein. Unfortunately, the fat content is a bit high, at 22g, but there’s no trans fasts and less sodium than the sandwich above, only 655mg, and there’s lower carbohydrates as well with only 24g and 5g of sugar.

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