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The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America 

Chef Jen
Updated September 13, 2019 6.1k votes 534 voters 102.4k views 47 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.

list ordered by
1
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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 Roas... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Subway 6" Over Roasted Chicken Breast
Subway 6" Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
234 calories
5g fat
1.5g saturated fat
48g carbohydrates
3
Subway 6" Turkey Br... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Subway 6" Turkey Breast With Ham
Subway 6" Turkey Breast with Ham
220 calories
4g fat
1.0g saturated fat
46g carbohydrates
4
Wendy's Ultimate Chicken... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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

5
McDonald's Fruit and Yog... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 
160 calories
2g fat
1g saturated fat 
31g carbohydrates
6
Subway 6" Veggie De... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Subway 6" Veggie Delight
Subway 6" Veggie Delite
164 calories
2.5g fat
0.5g saturated fat
44g carbohydrates
7
Taco Bell Fresco Style C... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco
Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco
150 calories
3.5g fat
1g saturated fat
25g carbohydrates
8
Wendy's Large Chili is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Wendy's Large Chili
Wendy's Large Chili
330 calories
9g fat
3.5g saturated fat
32 carbohydrates
9
KFC Grilled Chicken Brea... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
KFC Grilled Chicken Breast
KFC Grilled Chicken Breast
220 calories
7g fat
2g saturated fat
1g carbohydrates
10
Chipotle Veg Burrito is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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11
McDonald's Egg McMuffin ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
McDonald's Egg McMuffin
McDonald's Egg McMuffin
300 calories
12g fat
4.5g saturated fat
30g carbohydrates
12
Wendy's Plain Baked Pota... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Wendy's Plain Baked Potato
Wendy's Plain Baked Potato 
310 calories
0g fat
0g saturated fat
72g carbohydrates
13
Burger King Whopper Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Whopper Jr.
Burger King Whopper Jr. (without cheese)
340 calories
19g fat
5g saturated fat
29g carbohydrates
14
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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
15
Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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.

16
Subway 6" Roast Bee... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Subway 6" Roast Beef
Subway 6" Roast Beef
234 calories
5g fat
1.5g saturated fat
45g carbohydrates
17
McDonald's Premium Grill... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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
18
Taco Bell Fresco Style C... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco
Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco
150 calories
8g fat
25g saturated fat
13g carbohydrates
19
Arby's Chopped Farmhouse... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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


20
Carl's Jr. Original Gril... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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
Chick-fil-A Hearty Breas... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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
22
Subway 6" Steak and... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Subway 6" Steak and Cheese
Subway 6" Steak & Cheese
245 calories
10g fat
4.5g saturated fat
50g carbohydrates
23
Jack in the Box Chicken ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita
Chicken Fajita Pita
330 calories
11g fat
35g carbohydrates
24
Burger King Veggie Burge... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Veggie Burger (Without Mayo)
Burger King Veggie Burger (without mayo)
320 calories
7g fat
1g saturated fat
43g carbohydrates
25
Taco Bell Fresco Style G... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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