Healthier Options at the Biggest Fast Food Chains – Part 3


A Mexican-style chain specialising in burritos and tacos, Chipotle is another of the better choices when it comes to low calorie, healthier options in the world of fast food cuisine. Much like Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle offers customisation within your choices, allowing you to create a healthier choice that better suits your needs. You’ll be able to make certain changes to ensure this is the case such as swapping out the white rice for wholegrain rice and removing the wrap, instead opting for a burrito bowl.

Best Option – For a heartier option go for the Chicken Burrito Bowl, have it with the fresh tomato salsa and the wholegrain rice, that will come to around 415 calories with 13g of fat, 4g of which are saturated fats. Better still is the vegetarian option available here, the Sofritas Burrito Bowl with wholegrain rice, tofu and lettuce of the romaine variety won’t steer you wrong. This contains a lower intake of 365 calories and though it has 10g of fat only 1.5g of it are actually saturated fats.


Wendy’s is another of your fast food burger chains that has stuck around for generations. Again this is an establishment that doesn’t seem to concern itself too much with showing off a healthy image, that being said it isn’t completely devoid of possible options and allows you to customise menu items in order for you to attempt to get rid of some of the unnecessary fatty items that come with selections. There are salads, though they come in quite calorific portions, you might be better off trying the half-sized salads instead. Again, look at customising, often the sauces that are added to salads are what make up most of the unhealthy content and these can be easily removed.

Best Option – There are a few vegetarian options at Wendy’s that will perhaps better for you than their meaty burgers. The Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potato is perhaps your best choice though, it only has 2.5g of fat, 1.5g of saturated fats and has 310 calories. They have a range of baked potatoes here that have different toppings but share a similar nutritional value also.


Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t something you’d associate with a healthy diet, and with good reason. All too often people indulge in portions meant for numerous people and burgers so loaded that just a single bite would quantify as a single portion. Take for example an Original Recipe Chicken Breast, one piece is 390 calories and contains 21 grams of fat. Even more astounding is the current limited time offer, the Chicken & Waffles Sandwich which contains an incredible 1,020 calories, roughly half of your daily recommendation. You may be surprised to find then that actually you can find an option here that won’t change your belt size in a single sitting.

Best Option – Once again your best choice is the grilled chicken, different pieces come in with different values, the highest of these being a Kentucky Grilled Chicken Breast. This has a content of 210 calories with 7g of fat, 2g of which are saturated fats.