When you’re having one of your crazy-busy days, sometimes fast food is the only option. It’s better than skipping a meal, especially if you choose one of these “healthier” menu items. Although they’re “healthier,” they still tend to be higher in sodium and fat, so be sure to drink your water and add some fruits and veggies.
Subway: The Veggie Delite sandwich is good for increasing your fiber consumption. It’s also low in sodium compared to most fast food meals. It has a whopping 5 grams of fiber and just 410 mg of sodium.
McDonald’s: The Southwest Chicken salad is high in fiber and protein (rare at a burger joint), but be sure to order the grilled chicken instead of the crispy. You’ll save 13 grams of artery-clogging fat and 160 calories. The grilled chicken salad only has 290 calories and 8 grams of fat.
For my Pacific NW friends!
When I’m looking for a quick and healthy meal my choice is Taco Time. My favorite fast food pick? The Veggie Fit-Hit bowl. Here’s why:
- It has 7 grams of fiber! I should be eating about 25 grams of fiber each day, so this is an excellent start toward that goal.
- It has 10 grams of protein. Enough protein to keep me energized for the next 3+ hours.
- Only 2 grams of fat. My body can process about 50 grams of fat per day. This low fat meal gives me some “wiggle-room” in case I blow it later in the day.
Chipotle: My personal favorite! I order the vegetarian burrito bowl (no tortilla) with rice, black beans, fajita veggies and guacamole. This is an excellent high fiber lunch (about 15 grams), but it can be a high-sodium hit. To lower the sodium, avoid the hot red salsa – you’ll be saving about 400mg!
Panera: It took some looking, but I found a salad that met all of my requirements: The Asian Sesame Chicken Salad. It has 450 calories and 4 grams of fiber. But don’t eat the wontons; they add 6 grams of fat and 200 mg of sodium. Not a deal breaker, but it certainly does change the nutritional profile to “not-so-hot”…
Starbucks: Good choices here! I love the Chicken & Hummus Bistro box: Only 380 cals, 16 grams of protein & 6 grams of fiber. It’ll keep your energy up for the next 3-4 hours.