Healthy Fast Food: The Best Meals at 6 Popular Restaurants

No matter how dedicated you are to preparing healthy meals at home, there’s no way to avoid occasionally finding yourself in a situation where fast food is the only option. Meals that feature fried foods, mass quantities of cheese, and special sauces are among the most popular choices, and they’re also a guaranteed way to go completely overboard.

The good news is many fast food restaurants have embraced customers’ desire to eat better, offering options with much more reasonable calorie counts and even some good nutrition. You just have to make the right choices. The next time you’re faced with dining on the dash, go for these healthy eats.

1. Subway


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Once considered more of a lunch restaurant, Subway jumped on the breakfast bandwagon with a small, but decent selection of egg-based sandwiches. Skip the decadent steak and bacon offerings in favor of the basic egg and cheese sandwich, which also contains 13 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 19 grams of protein. Keep in mind, these tallies assume regular eggs, American cheese, and 9-grain bread. Top with fresh veggies for even more fiber and flavor.

Though Subway offers salads, most of them are just sandwiches that have replaced the bread with a big pile of lettuce. Going for this teriyaki chicken sandwich on whole-grain bread is a better bet because you’ll score more fiber and protein. Because this sandwich already comes with a sweet sauce, you really don’t need to add calorie-laden toppings to make it palatable. And with just 4.5 grams of fat, it’s one of the leanest options you’ll find at any fast food restaurant.