Snacks The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America  

Chef Jen
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Eating on the run can be difficult for those watching their weight, but it's not impossible to stick to a diet by selecting healthiest fast food choices. 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 chicken sandwich (hold the mayo) or a salad is often the best bet.

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.
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1
109 66
Subway 6
Subway 6" Turkey Breast With Ham Subway 6" Turkey Breast with Ham
220 calories
4g fat
1.0g saturated fat
46g carbohydrates

2
70 39
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 2 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


3
72 44
Subway 6" Over Roasted Ch... is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
78 57
Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill 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

5
60 42
Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken... is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
74 58
Subway 6" Veggie Delight 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
71 59
McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Pa... is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
55 46
KFC Grilled Chicken Breast is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
48 41
Wendy's Plain Baked Potato is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
60 58
Burger King Whopper Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
37 33
Chipotle Veg Burrito is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
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12
52 52
Wendy's Large Chili is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
46 46
Subway 6" Roast Beef is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
44 47
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicke... 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
47 52
Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich 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

16
33 36
Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled... is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
37 41
Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Ch... is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
39 46
McDonald's Egg McMuffin is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
37 45
Arby's Chopped Farmhouse Roast... 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
31 38
Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy... is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
38 48
Subway 6" Steak and Chees... is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
27 34
Taco Bell Chicken Gordita With... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Taco Bell Chicken Gordita With Nacho Cheese Taco Bell Chicken Gordita with Nacho Cheese 
270 calories
10g fat
1.5g saturated fat
25g carbohydrates

23
30 38
Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita... 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
36 46
Wendy's Jr. Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Wendy's Jr. Hamburger Wendy's Jr. Hamburger
280 calories
9g fat
3.5g saturated fat
34 carbohydrates

25
32 41
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fruit Salad (W/ Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette) Chick-fil-A Chargrilled and Fruit Salad (with reduced fat berry balsamic vinaigrette)
290 calories
8g fat
3.5g saturated fat
34g carbohydrates

26
30 40
Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt
300 calories
8g fat
3.5g saturated fat
37g carbohydrates

27
33 45
Burger King Veggie Burger (Wit... is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
30 41
Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of C... is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
32 44
Burger King Satisfries is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Satisfries Burger King Satisfries
270 calories
11g fat
1.5g saturated fat
41g carbohydrates

30
25 35
Jack in the Box Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Jack in the Box Hamburger Jack in the Box Hamburger
250 calories
9g fat
31g carbohydrates

31
33 47
McDonald's Premium Grilled Chi... is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
29 43
Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Cool... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Cool Wrap Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Cool Wrap
410 calories
12g fat
4g saturated fat
48g carbohydrates

33
22 37
Carl's Jr. Charbroiled BBQ San... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Carl's Jr. Charbroiled BBQ Sandwich

Carl's Jr. Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich
390 calories
7g fat
1.5g saturated fat
50g carbohydrates


34
31 51
Burger King Tendergrill Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Salad (With Light Italian Dressing) Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad (with light Italian dressing)
350 calories
18g fat
4.5g saturated fat
15g carbohydrates

35
31 51
McDonald's Premium Asian Chick... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
McDonald's Premium Asian Chicken Salad McDonald's Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken 
300 calories
10g fat
1g saturated fat
23g carbohydrates

36
22 38
Arby's Cravin' Roast Chicken S... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Arby's Cravin' Roast Chicken Sandwich Arby's Cravin' Roast Chicken Sandwich
370 calories
12g fat
2g saturated fat
42g carbohydrates

37
23 40
Burger King Tendergrill Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich Burger King Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich
470 calories
18g fat
7g saturated fat
40g carbohydrates

38
22 39
KFC Honey BBQ Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
KFC Honey BBQ Sandwich KFC Honey BBQ Sandwich
320 calories
3.5g fat
1g saturated fat
47g carbohydrates

39
20 37
Arby's Prime-Cut Chicken Tende... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Arby's Prime-Cut Chicken Tenders Arby's Prime-Cut Chicken Tenders (3 pieces)
360 calories
17g fat
2.5g saturated fat
31g carbohydrates

40
21 39
KFC Original Recipe Drumstick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
KFC Original Recipe Drumstick KFC Original Recipe Drumstick
120 calories
7g fat
1.5g saturated fat
3g carbohydrates

41
21 39
Burger King Garden Salad (W/ F... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Burger King Garden Salad (W/ Fat Free Ranch Dressing) Burger King Garden Salad (with fat-free ranch dressing)
130 calories
3.5g fat
2g saturated fat
23g carbohydrates

42
19 36
KFC Roasted Caesar Salad (No C... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
KFC Roasted Caesar Salad (No Croutons, Fat-Free Ranch Dressing) KFC Roasted Caesar Salad (no croutons, with fat-free ranch dressing)
250 calories
8g fat
4.5g saturated fat
14g carbohydrates

43
25 49
McDonald's Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
McDonald's Hamburger McDonald's Hamburger
260 calories
9g fat
3.5g saturated fat
31g carbohydrates

44
22 46
McDonald's 4 Piece Nuggets W/ ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
McDonald's 4 Piece Nuggets W/ Sween 'N Sour Sauce McDonald's Four-Piece Chicken McNuggets with Sweet 'N Sour Sauce
220 calories
10g fat
2g saturated fat
24g carbohydrates

45
18 40
Carl's Jr. Cranberry Apple Wal... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Carl's Jr. Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad (W/ Low-Fat Balsamic Dressing) Carl's Jr. Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad (with low-fat balsamic dressing) 
355 calories
12.5g fat
3.5g saturated fat
34g carbohydrates

46
18 43
Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad Wendy's Mandarin Chicken Salad
540 calories
25g fat
3g saturated fat
50g carbohydrates

47
18 47
Carl's Jr. Hand-Breaded Chicke... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America
Carl's Jr. Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3 Pieces) Carl's Jr. Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3 pieces)
340 calories
19g fat
3.5g saturated fat
14g carbohydrates