Many health experts and fitness gurus will always nag you about the disadvantages of Fast Foods and give you plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t include fast foods in your daily diet. I completely agree with these fitness experts and would also advice to stay away from most of the unhealthy fast foods available in the market today. But being said that I would also want to bring this into notice that there are some surprisingly healthy fast food options too that you must try irrespective of what others say.
Here are some top 15 surprisingly healthy fast food options that one must try:
#1 Burger King’s Whopper Jr.
Burger King claims Whopper Jr., which holds the heavy weight title when it comes to a meal with 310 calories and 13g of fat, to be the lightest options in terms of burgers. Go for the non-mayonnaise one when opting for Burger King’s Whopper Jr. as it may add up to a 100 calories more.
#2 Pizza Hut’s Thin Crust Veggie Lovers
The veggie Lovers from Pizza Hut are considered to be the healthiest Pizza ever but as we know a Pizza is after all a Pizza. So I recommend going for the thin crust option when you order Pizza Hut’s Veggie Lovers as less dough cuts carbs and almost 2/3rd of the original amount of calories.
#3 McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream Cone
McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream cone can be the best option for dessert for foodies out there. This vanilla ice cream cone is surprisingly contains less fat and would offer a great accent on a meal if you are looking for small dessert options. With 150 calories and only 3.5g of fat, McDonald’s Vanilla Ice Cream Cone are just the ideal dessert option for foodies who care for their fitness too.
#4 KFC’s Potato Salad
KFC’s Potato Salad is often considered as the healthier option when compared to their famous Potato Wedges. The salad is full of healthy ingredients like red bell peppers, onions, celery and a tablespoon of mayonnaise. At 180 calories per serving, the KFC’s Potato Salad is the ideal meal for the day.
#5 Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl
Chipotle may not be known to pack on the fat but a large per cent of their menu items can affect the waist line due to the calories you consume. One healthier option is their Burrito Bowl, which with cilantro-lime rice, black beans, corn salsa and guacamole can produce a big meal for under 500 calories.
#6 Wendy’s Jr. Hamburger
Wendy’s junior-sized take almost matches McDonald’s regular hamburger in terms of nutrition and it might be the tastier one too. Add it with a Low-Fat Strawberry Flavored Yogurt with Granola Topping (250 calories) instead of fries and you have a heavenly meal designed for the road!
#7 McDonald’s Egg McMuffin
First introduced in 1974, the Egg McMuffin is a better breakfast sandwich choice than its greasy McDonald’s bro the Sausage Biscuit W/ Egg. While the latter packs on more than 500 calories, the McMuffin keeps it simple with Canadian-style bacon and just 300 calories.
#8 Taco Bell’s Gordita Nacho Cheese w/ Chicken
Cheesy and not sleazy, the Gordita Nacho Cheese is smothered with America’s favorite dairy product but it still manages to limbo under the 300 calorie limit. Best advice: go for the chicken variation rather than the beef to get an extra kick of flavour!
#9 KFC Original Recipe Drumstick
At 140 calories and 8g of fat, you can order one regular drumstick and fill up on one of KFC’s more traditional sides such as potato salad or coleslaw. Just make sure to resist the Extra Crispy option as it’s just fast-food speak for “a mouthful of saturated and trans fats”.
#10 Chick-fil-A’s Char-Grilled Chicken Salad
If you’re trying to be a bit more “salad conscious”, this grilled variation from Chick-fil-A tones down the cheese and creamy dressings to provide an option that won’t do more damage than a cheeseburger. As it can start at only 180 calories, make sure to add on fruit for enough daily servings and skip the croutons for sunflower seeds.
#11 Starbucks’ Hot Chocolate
Choose a Classic Hot Chocolate over any signature variation and go with skim milk to save yourself more than 300 calories. It’s almost shocking there’s that much of a difference but whipped cream and other sugary additions can add up in a big way!
#12 McDonald’s Hamburger
Before the monstrous additions of double meat started to overthrow fast food chains, McDonald’s had their simple hamburger which compared to anything else on the menu, chalks up only 260 calories and 9g of fat. The less-than-two-ounce burger is somewhat small but do you really need the Double Big Mac w/ Extra Cheese?
#13 Taco Bell’s Fresco Bean Burrito
If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal to inhale, Taco Bell’s Fresco menu is worth a look or two. The Fresco Bean Burrito substitutes meat and cheese for beans and vegetables and provides a whole lot of fiber with 12g per serving!
#14 Dunkin’ Donuts’ Egg White Flatbread
There’s always been an issue with flatbread but this particular sandwich is served all day and is a healthier substitute than any other deli standby DD has to offer. A good source of iron and fibre that can also be paired with its meat variation, the reduced-fat cheese provides a third of your daily calcium.
#15 Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki
Subway’s menu is usually full of good and bad choices, so before you go with the creamy option full of meat, turn your horizons towards what offers the most flavor like their Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. A single 6-inch without cheese cuts down almost 200 calories and 20g of fat.