Healthy fast food at Chipotle
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 have so many healthy fast food options that it’s easy to create your own meal. To keep both calories and carbohydrates in check, skip the burritos and go for a burrito bowl with minimal toppings, which is still a balanced meal. However, beware of adding rice, guac, and cheese—these fat-laden options will make your calorie count soar. “Guacamole is an excellent heart-healthy fat source, but can still add up in calories quickly,” says Kristen Smith, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Atlanta, Georgia. “If you must go for the rice, choose the brown rice option and limit to a one-half cup serving.” Here are 10 other nutritionist-approved eats at Chipotle and other fast food joints.
Healthy fast food at Burger King
Grilled chicken sandwich without mayo or honey mustard sauce: 370 calories, 6 grams total fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams fiber, 40 grams protein
Contrary to popular belief, Burger King actually offers healthy fast food options that are 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, a clinical nutrition manager and the lead registered dietitian at Morrison Healthcare in Blue Ridge, Georgia, urges omitting mayo and cheese to save calories and asking for salad dressing on the side. If you want to be even healthier, choose vinaigrettes in place of creamy dressings.