Fast food and healthy eating are usually not words that you hear together. Although most fast food is higher in fat, calories and salt than home-made meals, there are healthier fast food options.

If you are eating fast food more than once a week, your weight, as well as how you feel, are most likely being affected. The way we eat has certainly changed over the years and with the busy schedules most Americans have today it’s hard to always find the time to prepare healthy meals. One small burger, a small fry and a 16-oz soda used to be enough to fill up an average adult at around 620 calories. Today, most adults would think their order of two burgers (or one large burger), a medium fry and drink is considered moderate, which would equal about 1000 calories or half of the average adult’s caloric needs for one day. You would have to walk 10 miles or about 3 hours to burn those calories off!

But eating on the run doesn't have to be disastrous to your health. In recent years fast food chains have started offering healthier meals. Here’s a list of five healthier choices when you’re on the go.

 

Chick-fil-A®

Calories

Fat (g)

% Fat

Protein (g)

Carb
  (g)

Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich

280

7

21

25

29

 

McDonald's®

Calories

Fat (g)

% Fat

Protein (g)

Carbs (g)

Chicken McGrill w/o mayo

340

7

19

26

45

 

Subway®

Calories

Fat (g)

% Fat

Protein (g)

Carbs (g)

6" Subway Club®

294

5

15

22

40

 

Wendy's®

Calories

Fat (g)

% Fat

Protein (g)

Carbs (g)

Jr. Hamburger

270

9

30

14

34

 

Arby's®

Calories

Fat
  (g)

% Fat

Protein
  (g)

Carb
  (g)

Light Roast Turkey Deluxe

260

5

17

23

33

 

Remember, fast food should not be a staple in your diet. But when you need the occasional quick lunch or dinner on the run make sure you’re making the best choices to maintain a healthy diet.