Health & Food : Did Someone Say Healthy Fast Food Choices?

Unless you enjoy meals containing little more than apple slices and water, it is difficult to find real healthy options at most fast-food chains. There are healthier menu choices that you can make at most fast-food restaurants that keep calories, fat and sodium to a minimum.

1. Burger King Whopper Junior (Without Mayonnaise) – 260 Calories

This flame-broiled burger comes topped with tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, pickles and onions on a toasted bun.

  • 10 g of fat,
  • 4 g of saturated fat and no trans fat
  • 13 g of protein
  • 29 g of carbohydrates
  • 35 mg of cholesterol
  • 6 g of sugar
  • 460 mg of sodium.

Add a side of apple fries for a meal totaling a mere 330 calories.

2013-05-13-RPLC_veggie_delite2. Subway 6-Inch Veggie Delite – 230 Calories

Avoid the cheese and any fat-filled condiments, and the 6-inch Subway Veggie Delite sandwich on fresh nine-grain bread gives you plenty of nutrition.

  •  2.5 g of fat
  • 0.5 g of saturated fat and no trans fat or cholesterol
  • Sodium content is relatively low at only 310 mg,
  • carbohydrates weigh in a 44 g
  • 8 g of protein
  • Plenty of vitamins A and C,
  • Calcium
  • Iron

3. KFC Original Recipe Chicken Breast – 160 Calories

Hold the skin and the breading, and you’ll find KFC’s Original Recipe chicken breast is a nutritional bargain.

  • 3.5 g of fat,
  • 1 g of saturated fat,
  • no trans fat
  • 580 mg of sodium.

mcdonalds-Premium-Bacon-Ranch-Salad-without-chicken4. McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad (Without Chicken) – 140 Calories

Along with crisp salad greens, it contains corn, black beans, poblano peppers, chili-lime tortilla strips and a fresh wedge of lime for squeezing.

  • 4.5 g of fat,
  • 2 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 150 mg of sodium.

If you choose to use McDonald’s creamy Southwest salad dressing, one packet adds an additional 100 calories, 6 g of fat and 1 g of saturated fat.

5. Quizno’s Harvest Chicken Salad – 110 Calories

Though Quizno’s may be known for its sandwiches, salads are the healthiest option at the fast food restaurant.

Small-size Salad: 110 Calories

  • 3 g of fat,
  • 0.5 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 213 mg of sodium,

Regular-size salad: 220 calories

  • 6 g of fat,
  • 1.5 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 417 mg of sodium.

slider_tacos_2_20136. Taco Bell Fresco Crunchy Taco – 150 Calories

Indulge your Mexican cravings with a Fresco Crunchy Taco from Taco Bell.

  • 8 g of fat,
  • 2 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 310 mg of sodium.

Top it with some fire-roasted or fiesta salsa or choose any of its border sauces.

7. Wendy’s Baked Potato and Garden Side Salad- 345 Calories

Order a plain baked potato at Wendy’s with its butter spread, pair it with a side salad.

  • 5 g of fat,
  • 1 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 145 mg of sodium.

Use Wendy’s fat-free French dressing, containing 40 calories, no fat and 95 mg of sodium, and you’ve got a full, flavorful and nutritious meal.

8. Chick-fil-a Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad – 180 Calories

Chick-fil-a’s grilled chicken salad comes complete with romaine and iceberg lettuce, grilled chicken breast, grape tomatoes, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots and Monterey Jack cheese.

  • 6 g of fat,
  • 3.5 g of saturated fat, no trans fat
  • 650 mg of sodium.

Avoid its light Italian dressing, as it is filled with sodium, and opt instead for its fat-free honey-mustard or reduced-fat berry-balsamic vinaigrette.

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