I know that before starting any new exercise and meal plan, you probably wonder how you will be able to balance it all when you are so busy. There is no doubt that most of us will simply not be willing to prep enough food to carry with us on long car drives, etc. But when you get hungry, what do you do? You don’t need to starve yourself by any means…what you need is a list of the healthiest fast food meal options available so you can still make the wisest decisions. 🙂 My hope is that this list saves you some worry for how you will “do this weight loss thing” and sheds some light on what to do when your only options are to eat fast food or go hungry. You’ll notice that most of these meals are high in sodium, which is why we avoid them as frequently as possible.
Chick-fil-a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich
290 calories, 4 grams of fat, 1,030 mg sodium
This sandwich includes a tender breast of grilled chicken, marinated in special seasonings and served on a toasted golden wheat bun with dill pickle chips, green leaf lettuce, and tomato. If you don’t add the sauce on (which comes on the side), you can save 20 calories and 90 mg of sodium.
Taco Bell Fresco Style Steak Burrito Supreme
340 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1,100 mg sodium
With Taco Bell’s fresco style options, they hold off on the sour cream and shredded cheese. With the steak burrito supreme, you get a soft flour tortilla wrapped around carne asada steak, beans, crisp shredded lettuce, diced onions, ripe tomatoes, fiesta salsa, and topped with a tangy red sauce.
McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
290 calories, 4.5g fat, 160 mg sodium
This new all-day menu item has two of the recommended three daily servings of whole grains and is a good source of calcium and iron (save 30 calories by skipping the brown sugar).
Chick-fil-a Char-Grilled Chicken Garden Salad with Honey-Roasted Sunflower Kernels & Light Italian Dressing and Large Fruit Cup
395 calories, 14g fat, 1,455 mg sodium
Loaded up with cheese and creamy dressings, a salad can do more damage than a cheeseburger. But this one starts at only 180 calories. Feel free to sprinkle on the sunflower kernels for some healthy fats (but skip the butter croutons). Bonus: The fruit cup delivers all your fruit servings for the day.
Starbucks Roasted Vegetable Panini
350 calories, 12g fat, 770 mg sodium
You’ll get two whole servings of veggies with this sandwich, which is stuffed with zucchini, eggplant, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach. It also packs 40 percent of your daily vitamin C.
Wendy’s Large Chili with side of Mandarin Oranges
420 calories, 10g fat, 1,080 mg sodium
Made with ground beef and kidney beans, this classic tastes rich but has only 4g of saturated fat. A full cup and a half packs 9g of fiber and a quarter of your daily requirement of fatigue-fighting iron.
I hope that this list gave you some ideas for some of the healthiest fast food meal options that are available. This list certainly couldn’t contain them all, so if you have more favorites, be sure to leave them in the comments for others to read! 🙂