Dining out, especially at fast food restaurants, is usually a disaster for your diet. Whether it’s something sugary or dripping in grease, unhealthy fast food can cause you to feel bloated while it derails your healthy eating plans.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. We’ve rounded up the healthiest menu options at eight major chains, all of which will curb your cravings without destroying your diet.
McDonald’s: Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
At just 360 calories, this is one of Mickey D’s best diet-friendly lunches. If you want to slash even more calories, eat it without the bun! The seasoned chicken breast, lettuce, tomato and vinaigrette clock in at just 160 calories! Pair it with a side salad with low-fat dressing or get a vanilla ice cream cone for dessert.
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Taco Bell: Fresco Soft Chicken Tacos
The whole Fresco menu at Taco Bell is pretty diet-friendly, but we think these soft-shell shredded chicken tacos pack the most nutritional value and flavor at under 300 calories for two tacos!) Load up on pico de gallo and hot sauce, and get a side of black beans.
Subway: Veggie Delight Sub
Choose fiber-filled whole wheat bread and load it up with all the veggies you want. Add a few slices low-fat cheese and avocado for a protein boost, and add flavor with a vinaigrette-based sauce or basic mustard. Skip the chips and enjoy your sub with a sliced apple!
Burger King: Junior Whopper & Side Salad
Skipping the mayo on your burger makes this fast food favorite just under 300 calories. Load up on low-cal condiments like pickles and mustard, and have a 25-calorie side salad instead of fries.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Bacon, Egg & Cheese on English Muffin
At just under 300 calories, this filling breakfast sandwich is a diet-friendly winner. Skip the doughnuts, fried hash browns and frozen coffee drinks, and enjoy this sammie with a plain hot or iced coffee with low-fat milk and sweetener.
Wendy’s: Junior Hamburger & Side Salad
Order a Junior Hamburger with all the veggie toppings you want and a side salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, spicy cashews and apple slices. You’ll still get the fast food burger you’re craving, but adding a fruit and veggie-packed salad adds fiber and nutritional value.
Chipotle: Chicken Burrito Bowl
Choose brown rice and pinto beans for a satisfying 500-calorie meal with 42 grams of protein. Load up on veggies, like shredded lettuce and corn salsa, but skip the cheese and sour cream. Add low-cal flavor with hot sauce or salsa, but pass on the side of chips.
Get the classic fried chicken flavor you’re craving with these slider-sized sandwiches. At 280 calories, these savory breakfast bites are served on soft rolls with honey butter spread. Chick-fil-A is famous for their waffle fries, but since the small has over 300 calories, only order a side of these if you’re sharing them with a friend.
Domino’s: Grilled Chicken & Jalapeno Pepper Pizza on Brooklyn-Style Crust
Build your own flavor-packed pizza with ingredients like these. Add tons of veggie toppings for a flavor kick and enjoy two slices for less than 400 calories. If you’re ordering for a crowd, some other diet-friendly menu items include Spicy Jalepeno & Pineapple Specialty Chicken and Cinna Stix (hold the icing).