5 Healthy Fast Food Meals

There are several tasty meals at the fast food chains with less than 500 calories and moderate amounts of salt, fat and saturated fat.

Eating healthy on the road is never easy in this fast paced busy life style that we’ve all caved for ourselves or forced into. But be rest assured you can still find healthy food in those drive-through line and even  lose some extra pounds while you’re at it. There are several tasty meals at the fast food chains with less than 500 calories and moderate amounts of salt, fat and saturated fat. Here are some of the healthiest fast food meals from some of the top fast food chains. For beverage, be sure to go for a zero-calorie drink like water, unsweetened tea, black coffee, or diet soda. Please be aware that the nutrition information is calculated based on data provided by the suppliers who produced the food and beverage items and may vary from season to season due to periodic changes in formulations.

1. Breakfast: Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (McDonald’s)

(290 calories, 4.5g fat)

Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (McDonald's)

Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (McDonald’s)

This fruit and Maple Oatmeal all-day-menu is loaded with red and green apples, cranberries and two varieties of raisins. It has two of the recommended three daily servings of whole grains and is a good source of calcium and iron. You can have it as is and save 30 calories by skipping the brown sugar.

 

2. Large Chili with side of Mandarin Oranges (Wendy’s)

Large Chili with side of Mandarin Oranges (Wendy's)

Large Chili w/side of Mandarin Oranges (Wendy’s)

(330 calories, 7g fat)

This is one of the healthiest chili made with fresh, never frozen beef and kidney beans. This classic tastes rich but has only 7g of saturated fat. A large cup of chili is 250 cal and 80 cal for the side of mandarin oranges which altogether packs 5g of fiber, 24g protein, 19g carbs and a quarter of your daily requirement of fatigue-fighting iron.

3. Grilled Chicken Breast with Green Beans (Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC))

Grilled Chicken Breast with Green Beans (KFC)

Grilled Chicken Breast with Green Beans (KFC)

(330 calories, 7g fat)

KFC offer a grilled chicken breast served with a side of vegetable like green beans and corn that packs low calories. A Kentucky Grilled Chicken Breast is 210 calories (with 7 grams of fat, 38 grams protein), and an individual side of green beans is only 25 calories. If you’re craving for the chain’s classic mashed potatoes (90 calories), don’t forget to order them without gravy to save calories and fat.

4. Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Muffin Melt and Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (Subway)

Egg & Cheese Muffin Melt and Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (Subway)

Muffin Melt & Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (Subway)

(250 calories, 6g fat)

There a few options with this breakfast, (melt with egg whites 30 cal more), Black Forest ham, green peppers, American and Monterey Jack cheeses, and red onion stacked on an English muffin. Don’t forget to add or remove peppers, fresh tomatoes, spinach, or onions if you don’t like them. This meal comes with a side of  Subway’s apple slices or yogurt.

5. Roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach and basil pesto toasted focaccia (Starbucks)

(350 calories, 13g fat)

Roasted Vegetable Panini (Starbucks)

Roasted Vegetable Panini (Starbucks)

This roasted vegetable sandwich is stuffed with zucchini, eggplant, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach. Overall it packs 13g fat, 42g carbohydrate, 14g protein and 40 percent of daily required vitamin C.