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The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America

Updated September 13, 2019 7.9k votes 655 voters 103.9k views46 items

Eating on the run can be difficult for those watching their weight, but it's not impossible to stick to a diet if you're choosing healthy fast food options. There are lesser evils hidden among the supersized options. These fast food menu items are healthier than other fast food choices, but still are fast food and likely only best in moderation.

Most doctors will advise that eating fast food is not part of a healthy diet, but busy lives, work, and being away from home often does not leave a lot of choice in the matter. Luckily, many fast food restaurants are providing healthier choices for adult and children's meals.

Just because you're forced to eat fast food does not mean you are required to select the 1,000-calorie burger or eat like a professional competitive eater. Skipping the burger and fries in favor of a grilled chicken sandwich (hold the mayo) or a salad is often the best bet (be sure to check out our list of the best fast food salads, if that's your thing). And better yet, you can always skip the bun and ask that your sandwich be lettuce-wrapped for an even lower-calorie fast food option that also skimps on carbs.

Remember these selections the next time you find yourself in a situation where fast food is the only option or add your own healthy pick to this list.

What are the healthiest fast food choices in America? Take a look at this list and see for yourself. And if you're sick of your diet, check out our list of the unhealthiest fast food items in America.

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  • 1
    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    230
    103

    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich

    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich
    290 calories
    4g fat
    1g saturated fat
    36g carbohydrates


  • 2
    Subway 6" Over Roasted Ch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    200
    112

    Subway 6" Over Roasted Chicken Breast

    Subway 6" Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
    234 calories
    5g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    48g carbohydrates
  • 3
    Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    171
    96

    Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill

    Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill
    320 calories
    7g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    36g carbohydrates

     

    If you're a fan, be sure to check out our list of the best food on Wendy's menu

  • 4
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    148
    95

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco
    150 calories
    3.5g fat
    1g saturated fat
    25g carbohydrates
  • 5
    Subway 6" Turkey Breast With H is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    195
    144

    Subway 6" Turkey Breast With Ham

    Subway 6" Turkey Breast with Ham
    220 calories
    4g fat
    1.0g saturated fat
    46g carbohydrates
  • 6
    McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Pa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    163
    128

    McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

    McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 
    160 calories
    2g fat
    1g saturated fat 
    31g carbohydrates
  • 7
    KFC Grilled Chicken Breast is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    132
    99

    KFC Grilled Chicken Breast

    KFC Grilled Chicken Breast
    220 calories
    7g fat
    2g saturated fat
    1g carbohydrates
  • 8
    McDonald's Egg McMuffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    125
    97

    McDonald's Egg McMuffin

    McDonald's Egg McMuffin
    300 calories
    12g fat
    4.5g saturated fat
    30g carbohydrates
  • 9
    Wendy's Large Chili is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    144
    116

    Wendy's Large Chili

    Wendy's Large Chili
    330 calories
    9g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    32 carbohydrates
  • 10
    Subway 6" Veggie Delight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    144
    123

    Subway 6" Veggie Delight

    Subway 6" Veggie Delite
    164 calories
    2.5g fat
    0.5g saturated fat
    44g carbohydrates
  • 11
    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    107
    94

    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Salad (W/ Fat-Free Honey Mustard Dressing)

    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad (with fat-free honey mustard dressing)
    240 calories
    6g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    25g carbohydrates
  • 12
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    91
    84

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco
    150 calories
    8g fat
    25g saturated fat
    13g carbohydrates
  • 13
    Wendy's Plain Baked Potato is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    108
    110

    Wendy's Plain Baked Potato

    Wendy's Plain Baked Potato 
    310 calories
    0g fat
    0g saturated fat
    72g carbohydrates
  • 14
    Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    102
    109

    Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich

    Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich
    210 calories
    8g fat
    3g saturated fat
    24g carbohydrates

    Not in the mood for something healthy? Check out our list of the other great things on Arby's menu.

  • 15
    Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Roast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    79
    82

    Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Roast Chicken Salad (W/ Light Italian Dressing)

    Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Roast Chicken Salad (with light Italian dressing)
    270 calories
    14g fat
    7g saturated fat
    14g carbohydrates


  • 16
    Burger King Whopper Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    111
    126

    Burger King Whopper Jr.

    Burger King Whopper Jr. (without cheese)
    340 calories
    19g fat
    5g saturated fat
    29g carbohydrates
  • 17
    Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of C is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    79
    86

    Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup (Medium)

    Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup (medium)
    140 calories
    4g fat
    1g saturated fat
    19g carbohydrates
  • 18
    McDonald's Premium Grilled Chi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    74
    84

    McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich (no mayo)
    370 calories
    4.5g fat
    1g saturated fat
    50g carbohydrates
  • 19
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    71
    82

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled Steak Soft Taco

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled Steak Soft Taco
    150 calories
    4g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    19g carbohydrates
  • 20
    Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Ch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    64
    77

    Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad (W/ Low-Fat Balsamic Dressing)

    Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad (with low-fat balsamic dressing)
    305 calories
    3g saturated fat
    28g carbohydrates
  • 21
    Subway 6" Roast Beef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    88
    112

    Subway 6" Roast Beef

    Subway 6" Roast Beef
    234 calories
    5g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    45g carbohydrates
  • 22
    Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    61
    76

    Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita

    Chicken Fajita Pita
    330 calories
    11g fat
    35g carbohydrates
  • 23
    Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    66
    85

    Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt

    Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt
    300 calories
    8g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    37g carbohydrates
  • 24
    Burger King Tendergrill Chicke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    55
    74

    Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich

    Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich
    470 calories
    18g fat
    7g saturated fat
    40g carbohydrates
  • 25
    Taco Bell Chicken Gordita With is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
    57
    81

    Taco Bell Chicken Gordita With Nacho Cheese

    Taco Bell Chicken Gordita with Nacho Cheese 
    270 calories
    10g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    25g carbohydrates
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