It’s estimated that in the United States alone, there are more than 200,000 fast food restaurants, with nearly one million around the world. We know that fast food isn’t great for our health for the most part, with many warnings coming out on an almost daily basis. Despite some of those warnings, most of us find ourselves at fast food restaurants quite frequently. One poll showed that 80 percent of Americans eat fast food at least once per month, while nearly half stopped at a fast food restaurant at least once per week.
If you’re one of the many people that’s seemingly living life on the go and don’t have time to prepare good meals for yourself, there’s still some hope. These days, fast food restaurants are starting to cater to people that want to eat more healthily, presenting new options. So if you find yourself at a drive thru in the near future, take a look at some of the healthiest fast food options that you can find from the big chains.
McDonald’s is usually the first restaurant that we think about when it comes to fast food, as there are nearly 70 million customers on a daily basis with nearly 40,000 stores. It can be hard to find something healthy from McDonald’s, but it’s possible. McDonald’s salads have gotten a bad reputation for sneaking in a lot of calories, but the Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad is a decent option at 320 calories and just nine grams of carbohydrates. Eating it without the cheese knocks it down to just 260 calories, leaving enough room for some of their lighter dressings instead of the ranch.
McDonald’s biggest competitor, Burger King, is also trying to enter the healthy market with some friendlier food options. Going with the Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich is usually a decent choice here, as long as you skip the mayo. By doing so, you save yourself 100 calories, knocking down the total to 370. There’s also very little fat at just seven grams (only two grams of saturated fat), with plenty of protein at 36 grams to help fuel muscle. The sodium count is still a bit high, but relatively low compared to other sandwiches.