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.
Skim Latte (Grande)
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.
Egg White and Cheese Wake-Up Wrap
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.
Fresco Crunchy Taco
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.
1% Chocolate Low-Fat Milk
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.
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.
Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese English Muffin
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.
Red Beans With Sausage and Rice
26 grams of carbohydrates
24 grams of protein
Macaroni and cheese
20 grams carbohydrates
6 grams protein
2 grilled chicken drumsticks
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.
4 piece Chicken McNuggets
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!
Low-Fat Vanilla Flying Saucer
35 grams of carbohydrates
4 grams of protein
See other options at Carvel