Just because fast food is called out as unhealthy and is said to ruin your diet, doesn’t mean that you have to cut it out completely. In fact, there are healthy options that fast food chains offer because they respect the fact that not everyone is going to order something that’s really high in calories. It’s good to remember that fast food only becomes relatively unhealthy if we overindulge in it or have it all of the time. It’s ok to eat fast food every now and then as long as it is in moderation, which is why we have chosen twelve healthy fast food picks that won’t ruin your diet, so you don’t have to feel guilty about treating yourself!
1. McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Wrap
Surprisingly, each chicken grilled wrap by McDonald’s only has 270 calories and you can even cut down more of the calories if you ask to have it without cheese and just have the chicken and salad in the wrap on its own. This is delicious to have for lunch and is one of the best healthy fast food picks that pair well with a bottle of water!
2. Burger King Whopper Jr.
Yes, we understand that burgers tend to have more calories being packed with many ingredients and the meat is known to be quite fatty. However, Burger King has offered an alternative to the traditional burger that is packed with more salad stuff such as, lettuce, tomato and onion. If you skip the cheese and sauce and cut down on the ingredients you take the burger from 440 to 260 calories meaning you can still enjoy the burger, while not feeling guilty about it! This is definitely one of the tastiest healthy fast food picks!
3. Subway 6” Veggie Delight
There’s no doubt that Subway has taken people on diets into consideration with the deli allowing you to choose exactly what you want on your sandwich. Other than sandwiches, Subway does now offer you to build your own salad if you want no meat and all salad stuff, a tasty alternative to the club sandwich and low in calories. However, if you do still want a sandwich that’s low in calories, the lowest calorie sandwich is the 6-inch veggie delight with zero meat and makes a tasty alternative for lunch that sits at 230 calories.
4. Wendy’s Small Chilli
Though it seems really tempting to go large when we’re at Wendy’s, if you are really serious about your diet and cutting down on calories then you’re probably better off going small. We know it seems difficult and you might not feel as satisfied, but you can always add a piece of fruit and refreshing bottle of water to go with Wendy’s small chili which sits at an amazing 190 calories! This is definitely one of the best healthy fast food picks!
5. Taco Bell Fresco Chicken Taco
If you’re looking for alternatives to have for lunch to keep you going throughout the day, whilst wanting to keep a steady diet, this 150 calorie fresco chicken made by Taco Bell only has 3.5 grams of fat. This means you can enjoy a meaty snack filled with the healthy salad to help you feel full and satisfied, without having the need to only eat mundane foodstuff that may demotivate you to stick to your diet.
6. KFC Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
If you love chicken then you’re bound to be feeling those KFC blues, but don’t fret because you can still enjoy the fast food chain like everybody else with a low-calorie chicken caesar salad! With only 350 calories, you can now enjoy chicken in a healthy way without having to cut it completely out of your diet. It is recommended however that you minus the croutons and any kind of sauce you might want to add to cut down the calorie count even more and make a little healthier.
7. Pizza Hut Tomato and Basil Soup
We know, if you love pizza then it is really frustrating having to cut right down on it due it having many calories and having a high saturated fat content. But don’t worry because if you love Pizza Hut, you’re in luck because they have a healthy alternative just for you! With only 84 calories their tomato and basil soup is paradise to the taste buds and is a very filling healthy alternative compared to other fast foods out there to put more joy into your diet and make it feel rewarding!
8. Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites
If you enjoy Starbucks from time to time and find that you are having to lower the amount of coffee you drink, there’s another way of purchasing something from the chain to help your dieting needs. Starbucks sous vide egg bites have only 170 calories and are a good source of calcium. They are great with a piece of fruit and a glass of water, a really healthy alternative compared to other fast food chains!
9. Einstein Bros Egg and Cheese Bagel
If you find that you are struggling to keep sandwiches out of your diet, then this may be a really good option for you. Einstein Bros now offer an egg and cheese bagel that sits at 440 calories. Not to stress, however, we get that it may seem a lot, but to lower it you could ditch the bacon and go strictly egg or cheese to lower the calorie count significantly and to go with this you could drink a bottle of water as it is always a healthy compliment to any foodstuff, especially if you’re dieting!
10. Pret a Manger Slim Pret Crayfish and Rocket
Fish is also a foodstuff that many struggle with when dieting as there are so many varieties of fish with their own separate calorie counts. That’s why Pret a Manger introduced their Slim Pret range including a crayfish and rocket sandwich as well as a range of healthy salads. Freshly prepared, this sits at 152 calories and is a great source of protein ensuring you’re getting the nutrients you need without cutting them out and is also a fast food you don’t have to feel bad about eating!
11. Zapatista Burrito
The Mexican burrito may be packed with many ingredients, but with Zapatista burrito’s you can choose just how many ingredients you want, similar to Subway. This means that you can choose to cut down on certain foodstuff and have a delicious snack that sits at approximately 200 calories per burrito. This is one tasty snack you won’t need to feel bad about eating whilst on your diet!
12. Panera Bread Fuji Apple Salad with Chicken
When you’re on a diet, you may start feeling adventurous with food and want tasty alternatives to the mundane foodstuff. To make fast food a little more healthy and exciting, this Fuji apple salad with chicken by Panera Bread sits at 285 calories and you can even lower the calories minus the salad or halfing the portions. This tasty small meal makes dieting a little more experimental and fun as well as satisfying! The fuji apple salad is one of hte beath healthy fast food picks!
If you’re on a diet or planning one, we hope these healthy fast food picks help to motivate you even more to achieve your diet goals! Let us know below which ones you’ll be trying!
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