Fast Food Menus Ranked by Their Health-Conscious Options
Keeping up with a healthy diet when you’re constantly on the go can be next to impossible. With so many "bad" food spots available on every corner, the temptation is real, and it’s far too easy to give in when you're on a busy schedule. Unhealthy alternatives seem deliciously satisfying when you’re rushed and starving.
But you don’t have to sacrifice food quality, just to save some time. Some fast food menus include healthier options. You just need to know where to find them.
30. Denny’s Fit Fare Loaded Veggie Omelet
Denny's and a healthy meal don't usually go hand in hand, but there are menu options that are good for your body and your taste buds. The Fit Fare Loaded Veggie Omelet is a little high on the calorie side, but it packs a serious protein punch.
29. Moe’s Southwest Grill Burrito Bowl
Who doesn't love a good burrito? If you want to keep the carbs on the low side, Moe's Southwest Grill Burrito Bowl has you covered. It includes rice, beans, cheese, pico de gallo and your choice of protein. You can also skip the rice if your goal is to keep carbs very low for each meal.
28. Jimmy John’s Slim 2 Roast Beef
For the sandwich lover, Jimmy John's Slim 2 Roast Beef is a great choice when you need to up your protein without adding too much fat into your diet. The gourmet sandwich comes with your choice of bread and thinly cut roast beef.
27. Burger King Grilled Chicken Sandwich
If you're on the go and craving a juicy burger, opt for Burger King's Grilled Chicken Sandwich instead to cut the fat and still leave you feeling satiated throughout the day. The grilled chicken breast is topped with lettuce and tomato and piled on one of BK's signature buns.
26. A&W Chicken Buddy Burger
Another chicken "burger" that makes the list is the A&W Chicken Buddy Burger. It's perfect to enjoy as an on-the-go snack between meals, thanks to low calories and low sugar. Meeting 16% of your daily iron needs, it's a delicious option with a good dose of nutritional value.
25. Whataburger Apple and Cranberry Chicken Salad
The Apple and Cranberry Chicken Salad from Whataburger is jam-packed with nutrients. The low-calorie meal features romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, crispy apples and grilled chicken, topped with a light honey pepper vinaigrette.
24. Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Salad
With flame-grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese, cucumbers and carrots topped off with a low-fat balsamic dressing, the Grilled Chicken Salad at Jack in the Box is so simple, it's almost perfect.
23. Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl
The second burrito bowl to make the list is Chipotle's Chicken Burrito Bowl. Without the tortilla wrap, this meal is a great selection when you don't have time to whip up dinner after a long, hard day at work.
22. Starbucks Thai-Style Chicken Wrap Protein Box
Starbucks has obviously captured the hearts of coffee lovers everywhere, but it's also a pretty decent place to get a healthy meal when you're out and about. The Thai-Style Chicken Wrap Protein Box packs a good punch that won’t leave you sorry.
21. Subway Roast Beef and Provolone Sandwich
Subway has always claimed to be a healthier fast food option, and they aren’t entirely wrong (but proceed with caution). It depends on what you order, and the Subway Roast Beef and Provolone Sandwich is one of the better choices on the menu.
20. Sonic Drive-In Jr. Burger
When all you want to do is grab a burger, Sonic Drive-In has your back. The Jr. Burger is low in calories and sodium but also offers a lot in the way of flavor. The fat content is a little high, but that's to be expected if you want to indulge in a hamburger.
19. Boston Market Rotisserie Chicken
Nothing says healthy like some lean chicken, but you don't have to choose between a bland chicken breast and unhealthy fried chicken or breaded strips. The people at Boston Market have a solution to your fast food chicken dilemma that is full of nutritional value.
18. Panera Bread Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken
Panera Bread prides itself on being more than just a fast food establishment. The assortment of salads, soups and sandwiches are a breath of fresh air in the fast food scene, and the Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken is a strong competitor for healthiest take-out meals.
17. Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Wrap
When you think of Wendy's, the last thing you think of is healthy food. The burger chain isn't exactly the most health-conscious choice in general, but that doesn't mean that everything on their menu is a no-go when you're trying to eat better.
16. McDonald’s Classic Cheeseburger
No one goes to McDonald's in hopes of getting a healthy lunch, but there's one on every corner, making it easy to stop in and grab a quick bite when you need it. Enter the McDonald's Classic Cheeseburger.
15. McDonald’s Chicken McNugget Happy Meal
If burgers aren't your go-to fast food, then McDonald's also has other menu options to satisfy you without making you feel like you ruined your diet. Happy meals aren't just for kids anymore, and the Chicken McNugget Happy meal is a great example of that.
14. Starbucks Spinach Feta and Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap
Another menu item that Starbucks has to offer when it comes to healthy eating is the Spinach Feta and Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap. When you need a quick breakfast or lunch, this wrap will give you everything you need to start your day on a good foot.
13. Dunkin’ Donuts Veggie Egg White English Muffin
Dunkin' Donuts might be known for its unhealthy pastries, but that's not all the shop serves up. There are menu options for anyone on the go, and the Veggie Egg White English Muffin is the best one.
12. Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pop
For a sweeter healthy option, Starbucks' Chocolate Cake Pop is one of the better options out there. Its rich decadent chocolate and icing will satisfy any and all sugar cravings without being too bad for your waistline.
11. Arby’s Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad
Arby's and health food aren't exactly synonymous, but there are menu options you can choose if you're eating on the lighter side of things. The Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad, for example, is a good choice.
10. Pizza Hut Veggie Lover’s Thin Crust Pizza
Pizza doesn't always have to be bad for you. The Pizza Hut Veggie Lover's Thin Crust Pizza is one of the healthier versions available when you just can't deal with making dinner, and you love pizza.
9. Starbucks Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal
If a nice bowl of oatmeal strikes your fancy, but you don't have time to do it yourself in the morning, then Starbucks has you covered with the Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal. The meal in a bowl is only 220 calories but full of flavor.
8. Burger King 4-piece Chicken Nuggets
Another wonderful menu option from Burger King is the 4-piece Chicken Nuggets. Chicken is always a healthier choice than beef, and Burger King took its fast food platform and made it easier for even the most health-conscious to enjoy.
7. Subway Veggie Delite
Another Subway selection that’s perfect for the health nut in everyone is the Veggie Delite. You have all the control in choosing which vegetables you want piled high on your favorite bread. With that kind of control over what you're eating, who wouldn't want to give it a try?
6. Papa John’s Mediterranean Veggie Pizza
When you have pizza on your mind but don't want to share, Papa John's personal Mediterranean Veggie Pizza is the perfect option to keep your health in check while letting yourself enjoy the little things.
5. Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites
Eggs can be eaten at any time of day, and Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites prove that over and over again. The egg bites are full of protein and low in calories, giving you the option to enjoy them as a small meal or a snack throughout your busy day.
4. Panda Express Broccoli Beef
Panda Express has it all figured out when it comes to making fast food both delicious and healthy. The restaurant’s Broccoli Beef is proof of that, clocking in at only 150 calories per serving.
3. Hardee's Low Carb Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich
The Hardee's Low Carb Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich is a perfect choice for a fast, healthy snack. It looks and tastes like the most popular fast food chicken sandwich deals, but it's a way healthier option.
2. Taco Bell Beef Fresco Crunchy Taco
Unexpectedly, the Taco Bell Beef Fresco Crunchy Taco almost tops the list because of its flavor and healthy profile. The taco only contains 150 calories and a minimal 5% of your daily carb intake, making it low-carb friendly. It's also very low in sugar, cholesterol and sodium.
1. McDonald's Vanilla Soft-Serve Cone
Last but certainly not least is another dessert option. The McDonald's Vanilla Soft-Serve Cone is a perfect little snack if you don't want to ruin a day of healthy eating but can't fight your sweet cravings any longer.