By Lauren Denos: 3/10/2015 (Nutrition)

So many people survive off fast food these days. While I do not think fast food is a great choice, I also understand that, realistically, many people are not going to give this habit up. We have articles on quick, cheap solutions for better food because eating fast food all the time is more expensive than planning and making food at home to take with you. But despite all this info, some people insist on the fast food. Whether you are a hardcore fast food junky or someone who travels and sometimes has circumstances where you are left with no other choice, you should have some better options to reduce how bad the fast food you are eating is. Understand that just because we have a list of many fast food restaurants does not mean that we would recommend eating there. However, due to their popularity, here are some of the better choices when it comes to specific places.

The general rule of thumb is get some protein and vegetables. Avoid the refined carbohydrates, and keep the extras like cheese and desserts low. Aim for lettuce wrapped, not because all carbs are bad but because these are ultra refined bread products that are not going to be very good for you. Keep the dressing on the side as well so you can control how much of it goes on your food. The quality of the meat and vegetables in some places is going to be better than others. Places like Wahoo's, if you have one close by, is a good choice since you can get good quality grilled fish on 100% corn tortillas. Even their beans and rice tend to be a lot cleaner than many other quick choices. If you are choosing to eat at a place that is less than reputable for having the best meat or vegetables, you will still be better off if you cut out the cheese and large serving of French fries. Again, always make the best choice you can. Opt for taking your food with you when you can. I have compiled a sample list below of popular restaurants, and have included some of the better menu options at each.

McDonald’s

  • Hamburger (lettuce wrapped)

  • Premium Grilled Chicken Classic sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT (lettuce wrapped)

  • Grilled Caesar Salad (dressing on the side)

Taco Bell

  • Fresco Soft Taco with corn tortilla

  • Fresco Crunchy Taco

Del Taco

  • Taco al Carbon (chicken, steak, Carnitas)

  • Asada Tacos

Jack in the Box

  • Chicken Club Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Grilled Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Southwest Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Chicken Fajita Pita (lettuce wrapped)

In-N-Out Burger

  • Burger (no cheese, lettuce wrapped)

Wendy's

  • Burger (no cheese, lettuce wrapped)

  • Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (1/2 size, dressing on the side)

  • Chicken BLT Cobb Salad (1/2 size, dressing on the side)

Burger King

  • BK Broiler Chicken Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Chunky Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

Arby’s

  • Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Light Roast Chicken or Turkey Deluxe (lettuce wrapped)

  • Roast Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Grilled Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Garden Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

Flame Broiler

  • Chicken and Veggie Bowl

  • Beef and Veggie Bowl

Subway

  • Salad bowl

  • Lettuce wrapped sandwich (choose a lean meat and no cheese if possible)

Togo's

  • Santa Fe Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • BBQ Chicken Ranch Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Asian Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Chicken Caesar Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Farmers Market Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Lettuce wrapped sandwich (choose a lean meat and no cheese if possible)

Panda Express

  • Black Pepper Chicken and steamed veggies

  • Kungo Pao Chicken and steamed veggies

  • Teriyaki Chicken and streamed veggies

  • Mushroom Chicken and steamed veggies

  • String Bean Chicken Breast with steamed veggies

  • Broccoli Beef and steamed veggies

  • Shanghai Angus Steak and steamed veggies

Pick Up Stix

  • Chicken and broccoli

  • Garlic chicken

KFC

  • Grilled chicken and green beans

Chick-fil-A

  • Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Grilled Market Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

  • Asian Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

Dairy Queen

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)

  • Grilled Chicken Salad (dressing on the side so you can use less if desired)

Carl's Jr.

  • Hamburger (lettuce wrapped)

  • Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich (lettuce wrapped)



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