We thought we'd never say this, but it seems that there are quite a few fast food meals nutritionists say you can eat every now and then without having to worry about weight gain. Apparently, fast food restaurants do offer healthy meal options, all you have to do is know what to choose off the menu.
These healthy fast food meals nutritionists say you can eat are packed with nutrients, low in saturated fats and low in calories. However, these foods still contain lots of sodium, but as long as you don't overindulge, your silhouette will not suffer.
With this being said, the next time you're craving fast food, consider any of the following healthy fast food meals as leaner and more nutritious meals are always the best options.
Subway's Roasted Chicken/Beef Sandwich
A lean meat sandwich on a whole grain bread topped with healthy veggies can help you curb hunger without packing a high amount of calories. The mix of protein, fiber and vegetables adding up to a total of 320 calories per serving will ensure you get a nutrient packed meal without sacrificing your waistline. This sandwich has 0g trans fats, 1.5g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 23g protein and 610g/660mg of sodium.
Taco Bell's Fresco Chicken Soft Taco
A taco that's packed with chicken and fresh veggies doesn't say unhealthy especially if the taco's shell is not deep fried. Opting for a soft shell taco can help you cut back on calories and fats, but still benefit from proteins, fiber and veggie nutrients. A serving of a Fresco Chicken Taco has 140 calories, 0g trans fats, 1g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 10g protein and 470mg of sodium.
McDonald's Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken
Obviously, the best way to go when grabbing lunch or dinner is light and nutritious. McDonald's Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken can be a great fast food pick if you want to benefit from a low calorie meal that is high in nutrients brought by veggies and proteins brought by the grilled chicken. A single serving of this salad has 290 calories, with 0g trans fats, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 28g carbohydrates, 27g protein and 650mg of sodium.
If you're a vegetarian you can opt for the chicken free Premium Southwest Salad which only has 140 calories per serving.
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Panera's Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT & Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto Bowl
The 'You Pick Two' offer from Panera comes in handy if you wish to have a two course meal without going way over your allowed daily calorie limit. The low fat veggie soup will ensure you benefit from a light meal that's packed with yummy vegetables and to make sure you're not gonna go hungry, you can have the half Panera Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT on Sourdough Bread on the side. It features all natural turkey breast, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, applewood smoked bacon and reduced fat mayonnaise.
The Half Sandwich Panera Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT on Sourdough Bread has 250 calories, 0g trans fats, 1.5g saturated fat, 25g carbohydrates, 19g protein and 490mg of sodium.
The Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with 1 Pesto Cup has 90 calories, 0g trans fats, 0g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3g protein and 560mg of sodium per serving.