12 Low-calorie Fast Foods
Can fast food get healthy? Apparently, yes. There are less sinful choices from among your favorite grab-and-go food hubs that can feed your guilty pleasures all right without hurting your health too much.
We have checked out the menus of the most popular fast food restaurants and we found choices that you can make anytime you feel like you want to head to McDonald’s but don’t want to load up thousands of empty calories in one go.
Our criteria? Well, these food items have 500 calories and below, have considerably little amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat. They also contain a few of the nutrients that the body needs, and are tasty and filling at the same time.
Mcdonald’s: Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken is definitely healthier, which easily helped lower down the calorie-count for this item to only 360.
The healthy and flavorful heap of chicken breast is layered with lettuce and tomatoes, topped with a simple vinaigrette dressing, then sandwiched in artisan roll. What more can you ask for?
Starbucks: Spinach and Feta Wrap
If you want to go healthy, you would want to take your eyes off the sugar-heavy pastries on display. Instead, order this morning fare that you can eat anytime of the day for a filling but healthy wrap at only 290 calories.
It’s basically feta cheese, spinach, cage-free egg whites, and tomatoes in a whole-wheat wrap that’s toasted to perfection.
Wendy’s: Asian Cashew Chicken Salad
This is a winner taste-wise and health-wise. It packs only about 380 calories and features fire-roasted edamame, grilled chicken, and spicy roasted cashew nuts.
It is dressed simply with light spicy Asian chili vinaigrette, which, if put up against Cesar salad dressing, will have hundreds of calories in difference.
Taco Bell: Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme
A shapely Fresco offering, which swapped mostly sour cream and cheddar cheese for salsa, is a great option if you want to pick-and-go without guilt. At only 340 calories, it is packed with grilled chicken, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Papa John’s: Garden Fresh Pizza
Two slices of this healthy indulgence will perk you up at only 400 calories. It may be a bit high on sodium content, though, so you better watch out of your intake the rest of the day.
Still, the delectable toppings of portabella mushrooms, black olives, onions, tomatoes, and green bell peppers seal the deal and made this menu item healthy.
Pizza Hut: Garden Party Thin Crust Pizza
Although with higher amount of calories compared to Papa John’s, this could be Pizza Hut’s best try to offer its public less sinful dining options. It has fresh veggies and the best part of all, is the premium crushed tomato sauce.
Burger King: Veggie Burger
If you keep your hands off the mayo, you can enjoy this delightful sandwich made of wholesome grains and real veggies at only 310 calories.
Apart from its low calorie content, the BK Veggie Burger also comes with a hefty amount of protein at 22grams, enough to feed your muscles and fill you up.
Subway: 6-inch Turkey Breast Sub
There are lots of healthy options at Subway and this is one of the leanest subs you can get at only 340 calories. It’s turkey breast and avocado combo in a whole-wheat bread.
Remember not to add up anything anymore and destroy this fine shape. Take it without cheese, if you must.
A regular cheeseburger with ketchup and mustard and onions is a nice treat. You will have to skip the spread and the Double-Double option if you want to enjoy this at below 500 calories.
KFC: Oven Roasted Twister
The spicy twister sandwich is pegged at only 330 calories if you eat it without sauce. You should not underestimate how amazing this item could provide with its oven-roasted, flavored chicken fillet, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and tomatoes.
Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap
Grilled chicken breast, lettuce, cabbage, and carrots filled in to a flaxseed flour flatbread make up this 340-calorie snack.
There are also rich flavors of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, plus avocado lime ranch dressing, to spike up a fulfilling meal that comes with 36grams of protein and only 30grams of carbohydrates and 13grams of fat.
Jack in the Box: Chicken Fajita Pita
Filled pita bread has never been this good. It has grilled chicken and onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. The fire-roasted salsa, which is served on the side makes this stint even tastier and healthier.
You don’t have to be always damned for eating fast food, especially since there are healthy choices available to enjoy the pleasure without guilt. Keep in mind, however, that your struggle does not end with your food choice alone.
You also need to be cautious about the condiments, side dishes, and drinks that may make your fast food trip exceptionally loaded.
If you are taking a 6-inch Turkey Breast Sub with cheese, French fries, and an ice-cold soda, you naturally would have to factor in the amount of calories that are added up to your meal.
Before you totally say goodbye to the claws of carbo-loaded fast food, you must realize that there are healthy alternatives packed into their menus.
You do not really have to control your cravings. You should only know where to direct it to. Your food choices will say a lot about how healthy you have been eating, regardless if you picked it from a fast food or not.