Healthy fast food at Chipotlevia chipotle.com
Burrito Bowl with steak, fajita vegetables, lettuce, and tomato salsa: 200 calories, 6 grams fat, 4 grams fiber, 22 grams protein
The beauty of Chipotle is that they make it so easy to create your own meal. To keep both calories and carbohydrates in check, skip the burritos and go for a burrito bowl. A steak burrito bowl with minimal toppings will still provide a balanced meal that keeps calories in check. However, beware of adding rice, guac, and cheese—these fat-laden options will make your calorie count soar. According to Kristen Smith, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Guacamole is an excellent heart-healthy fat source, but can still add up in calories quickly. If you must go for the rice, choose the brown rice option and limit to a one-half cup serving.” (These are some other nutritionist-approved eats you can score at Chipotle).
Healthy fast food at Burger Kingvia bk.com
Grilled chicken sandwich: 370 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 grams saturated, 6 grams fiber, 36 grams protein
Contrary to popular belief, Burger King actually offers non-burger entrees, and the grilled chicken sandwich is always a good alternative for healthy fare. However, nutritionists stress ordering this one without mayo. Maegan White, RD, urges omitting cheese and mayo to save calories and asking for salad dressing on the side. If you want to be even healthier, choose vinegarettes in place of creamy dressings—and make sure you’re not making any of these other salad mistakes.