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The Healthiest Fast Food Choices in America

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 Chicken Sandwich

    271
    128

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


  • 2

    Subway 6" Over Roasted Chicken Breast

    241
    136
    Subway 6" Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
    234 calories
    5g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    48g carbohydrates
  • 3

    Wendy's Ultimate Chicken Grill

    188
    123

    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

    Subway 6" Turkey Breast With Ham

    222
    152
    Subway 6" Turkey Breast with Ham
    220 calories
    4g fat
    1.0g saturated fat
    46g carbohydrates
  • 5

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco

    173
    119
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Chicken Soft Taco
    150 calories
    3.5g fat
    1g saturated fat
    25g carbohydrates
  • 6

    McDonald's Egg McMuffin

    163
    120
    McDonald's Egg McMuffin
    300 calories
    12g fat
    4.5g saturated fat
    30g carbohydrates
  • 7

    Subway 6" Veggie Delight

    176
    134
    Subway 6" Veggie Delite
    164 calories
    2.5g fat
    0.5g saturated fat
    44g carbohydrates
  • 8

    Wendy's Large Chili

    167
    130
    Wendy's Large Chili
    330 calories
    9g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    32 carbohydrates
  • 9

    McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

    186
    149
    McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 
    160 calories
    2g fat
    1g saturated fat 
    31g carbohydrates
  • 10

    KFC Grilled Chicken Breast

    146
    129
    KFC Grilled Chicken Breast
    220 calories
    7g fat
    2g saturated fat
    1g carbohydrates
  • 11

    Burger King Whopper Jr.

    147
    136
    Burger King Whopper Jr. (without cheese)
    340 calories
    19g fat
    5g saturated fat
    29g carbohydrates
  • 12

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco

    115
    101
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Crunchy Taco
    150 calories
    8g fat
    25g saturated fat
    13g carbohydrates
  • 13

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

    121
    111
    Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad (with fat-free honey mustard dressing)
    240 calories
    6g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    25g carbohydrates
  • 14

    Arby's Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich

    131
    123

    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

    Wendy's Plain Baked Potato

    128
    131
    Wendy's Plain Baked Potato 
    310 calories
    0g fat
    0g saturated fat
    72g carbohydrates
  • 16

    Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled Steak Soft Taco

    87
    97
    Taco Bell Fresco Style Grilled Steak Soft Taco
    150 calories
    4g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    19g carbohydrates
  • 17

    Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt

    90
    101
    Arby's Ham & Swiss Melt
    300 calories
    8g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    37g carbohydrates
  • 18

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

    89
    101
    Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup (medium)
    140 calories
    4g fat
    1g saturated fat
    19g carbohydrates
  • 19

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

    88
    101

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


  • 20

    McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

    85
    106
    McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich (no mayo)
    370 calories
    4.5g fat
    1g saturated fat
    50g carbohydrates
  • 21

    Subway 6" Roast Beef

    97
    125
    Subway 6" Roast Beef
    234 calories
    5g fat
    1.5g saturated fat
    45g carbohydrates
  • 22

    Wendy's Jr. Hamburger

    79
    102
    Wendy's Jr. Hamburger
    280 calories
    9g fat
    3.5g saturated fat
    34 carbohydrates
  • 23

    Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita

    73
    96
    Chicken Fajita Pita
    330 calories
    11g fat
    35g carbohydrates
  • 24

    Subway 6" Steak and Cheese

    90
    120
    Subway 6" Steak & Cheese
    245 calories
    10g fat
    4.5g saturated fat
    50g carbohydrates
  • 25

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

    71
    95
    Carl's Jr. Original Grilled Chicken Salad (with low-fat balsamic dressing)
    305 calories
    3g saturated fat
    28g carbohydrates