It’s true that fast-food menus are stacked with diet bombs. But it is possible to find a nutritious meal at most chains. We asked doctors and nutritionists to share their go-to orders at seven popular restaurants. Here’s what they choose to save big on saturated fat, sodium, and calories.
Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich: To cut calories and extra fat, skip the mayo on the tasty sandwich and add fruit and walnuts on the side.
6-inch Turkey Breast Sandwich on 9-grain wheat bread: Aim for a variety of veggies and healthy fats on your sub, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado.
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, green beans, mashed potatoes: The best way to trim fat at KFC is by stripping the skin off the drumsticks (don’t worry, they still taste great!)
Whopper Jr., Garden Side Salad: If you leave off mayo and cheese, the Whopper Jr. is only 300 calories–and you can add lettuce from the salad to your burger for an extra crunch.
Large chili: One large bowl of chili packs 26 grams of protein as well as 10 grams of fiber, which will help you feel full for hours.
Grilled Wahoo Fish Taco with avocado, half an order of rice and beans: Avoid the fried tortilla chips and instead opt for the 230-calorie Wahoo Fish Taco with a few spoonfuls of Salsa Baja for more flavor.
Strawberry Blueberry Yogurt Parfait, tall caffè Americano: Up your daily antioxidant intake with a tall cup of coffee. The yogurt adds a nice dose of fiber and is rich in probiotics, which are good for your belly.