5 healthy fast food meals

Fast food has gotten a bad name over the years. Let’s face it – it’s mostly deserved. Many fast foods are loaded with saturated fats that do your body more harm than good. In most cases, you’re probably better off fasting than eating fast foods. But most fast food has a couple of nearly irresistible traits when you’re hungry: they’re ready quickly and, if you haven’t eaten them too recently, actually taste pretty good.

So, if you’re addicted to the occasional fast food meal, why not make it as inexpensive and as healthy as possible? Most fast food restaurants have at least one item on their menu that is not nearly as bad for you as the others. Let’s take a look at five fast food meals you don’t have to feel guilty about eating afterward, per a recent USA Today article:

  • Taco Bell 7-Layer Burrito ($2.50). Featuring 16 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, 16 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat and a total of 430 calories, this classic menu item is a tasty treat. To make it even healthier, ask them to hold the cheese blend.
  • McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap, Side Salad and Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait ($4). If you ask them to hold the cheese and dressing for the snack wrap, this well-rounded meal will contain a total of 430 calories. The wrap has 16 grams of protein, while the parfait has 4.
  • Chick-Fil-A Chicken Minis and Small Fruit Cup ($5). The chicken contains 280 calories and the fruit cup adds about 50 for a total of 330. The fruit cup provides additional fiber and Vitamin C.
  • Subway 6-Inch Sub on 9-Grain Wheat ($4.25). As long as you refrain from loading up your sub with cheese, mayo, bacon and other fatty items, you can enjoy a variety of different subs featuring ham, turkey or veggie delight.
  • Wendy’s Small Chili and Side Salad ($3.60). The chili contains 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein and 15 percent of your daily value of iron. The salad provides additional protein, iron, potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Which other fast food items have you found to be healthy and inexpensive? Please let me know so that I can add them to the list.


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