Despite the fact that fast-food restaurants are unabashedly unhealthy, we've found ourselves pulling up to the drive-through window more times than we'd like to admit. The convenience, affordability, and tastiness of fast food have a way of luring in even the healthiest among us (especially when traveling or searching for some late-night grub). But if you're not ready to go all-in with a bacon double cheeseburger, what should you order?
"The trick to ordering wisely is to watch your portion sizes, avoid trans fats, and excessive saturated fat, and try to come away with some sort of nutritional value in the form of high-quality protein, fiber, or vitamins and minerals," explains Thrillist. The site went on to outline the healthiest possible menu options at six fast food restaurants. Read the site's picks below, and consider switching up your order next time you find yourself at McDonald's.
At Burger King: The grilled chicken sandwich without mayo has 370 calories, seven grams of fat, two grams of saturated fat, six grams of fiber, and 36 grams of protein. This saves you 130 calories and 15 grams of fat compared to ordering the Whopper.
At Taco Bell: Two fresco soft tacos with steak will earn you 280 calories, eight grams of fat, three grams of saturated fat, two grams of fiber, and 20 grams of protein. Pair them with the black beans and rice, and you'll get an extra six grams of protein and six grams of fiber.
At McDonald's: Surprisingly, a McDonald's classic hamburger (minus all the sugary sauces and cheese) will run you 250 calories, eight grams of fat, three grams of saturated fat, two grams of fiber, and 13 grams of protein. Combined with a simple side salad with Newman's Own Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, you can have a filling 300-calorie lunch at the fast-food chain.
At Wendy's: The chain's power Mediterranean chicken salad in the half order, plus a small cup of chili, will dish out 420 calories, 14 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, nine grams of fiber, and 20 grams of protein.
At Subway: If you can walk into Subway and not get a sandwich, the Veggie Delite salad (you can make your own) plus an eight-ounce homestyle chicken noodle soup is the lightest option. The entire meal is just 170 calories, four grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, five grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein.
At Chipotle: Chipotle's expansive menu can be overwhelming, but sticking to the chicken salad with black beans, fajita vegetables, extra salsa, and guacamole is your healthiest bet. The meal will give you 640 calories, 30.5 grams of fat, 6.5 grams of saturated fat, 17 grams of fiber, and 44 grams of protein.