Some protein bars can be more like candy bars, providing sugar and fillers rather than actual healthy nutrition. While a fast food restaurant may not be the best choice for a quick bite after your workout, these options are good. They provide protein, carbohydrates and, most of all, satisfaction for fewer calories than a Snickers bar.
Best in-hand option No time to use utensils? A Starbucks latte gives you a dose of protein and carbohydrates to refuel.
Starbucks Skim Latte (Grande) 130 calories 19 grams carbohydrates 13 grams of protein See other options at Starbucks.
Best breakfast option If you work out in the morning, this wrap will get much-needed protein to your muscles.
Dunkin’ Donuts Egg White and Cheese Wake-Up Wrap 150 calories 13 grams carbohydrates 8 grams protein See other options at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Best open ’till 2 a.m. option For the night owl, Taco Bell has a Fresco menu that offers a few low-cal options that pack a good amount of protein.
Taco Bell Fresco Crunchy Taco 150 calories 13 carbohydrates 7 grams of protein See other options at Taco Bell.
Best drive-thru hand held Wipe the sweat from your brow and cool off with this chocolately boost of protein and moderate amount of carbs. Men’s Health swears by the muscle building power of chocolate milk.
Burger King 1% Chocolate Low-Fat Milk 190 calories 31 grams carbohydrates 9 grams protein See other options at Burger King.
Best high protein option Even though this isn’t under 200 calories it’s very close. And it has a commendable amount of protein and slow-acting good carbs in the form of beans.
Wendy’s Small Chili 220 calories 22 grams carbohydrates 18 grams of protein See other options at Wendy’s.
Best filling sandwich option for early risers This sandwich will keep you filled up through to lunch. You can even add some veggie toppings for some more vitamins.
Subway Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese English Muffin 180 calories 18 grams of carbohydrates 15 grams of protein See other options at Subway.
Best sides as a snack option, plus a high-protein treat These side dishes are perfect post-workout snacks, combining good carbs and an excellent amount of protein with low-calories.
KFC Red Beans With Sausage and Rice 160 calories 26 grams of carbohydrates 24 grams of protein
Macaroni and cheese 180 Calories 20 grams carbohydrates 6 grams protein
2 grilled chicken drumsticks 160 calories 0 carbohydrates 20 grams of protein See other options at KFC
Best protein splurge option Remember your childhood with these crispy little bites. While this a higher fat option, this little treat has a good amount of protein for satiety.
McDonald’s 4 piece Chicken McNuggets 190 calories 11 grams carbohydrates 10 grams protein See other options at McDonald’s
Best sweet treat option For when you need a sweet fix. Plus, who doesn’t get great joy out of eating one of these!
Carvel Low-Fat Vanilla Flying Saucer 190 calories 35 grams of carbohydrates 4 grams of protein See other options at Carvel