But can you hit up fast food without going overboard? Can you avoid the fries or nachos or — worse yet — the NACHO FRIES? In curating this list of healthier (or less-bad-for-you) fast food, we focused on dishes that felt balanced and not excessive. We tried to keep in mind the standard 2000-calorie a day diet and the assumption that you’d be aiming to eat three meals in a day, but this is an imperfect measure. Still, in the end, we came up with 15 healthy meals you can order while roving the depths of the fast food world.
Use it to guide you the next time cooking sounds like a chore.
4Chicken Veggie Bowl From Waba Grill
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Waba Grill’s entire mission statement revolves around healthy eating, so you’re pretty safe with anything on the menu so long as you’re not eating in excess. Low in sodium, and high in fat and protein, the Chicken Veggie Bowl’s meat is basted in a teriyaki-like sauce and served over a bed of rice with steamed cabbage, carrots, and broccoli. Also, Waba totally sounds like the name of a pokemon, so you can annoy everyone you’re about to eat lunch with by constantly saying “Waba Waba!” I’ve done it, and I’m pretty much the best person to eat lunch with so…
This is one of the best tasting healthy options out there in the fast food world. It honestly doesn’t even feel like you’re trying to eat healthy when you go. More vegetables in fast food is something we can fully get behind. If you want to get extra healthy consider subbing chicken for some salmon or not letting them add the sugar-laden sauce.
Two Shredded Chicken Fresco Soft Tacos From Taco Bell
Calories: 300, Calories from fat: 100
Total Fat: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
You’ll have to convert your regular tacos to Taco Bell’s Fresco line — which removes the cheese and adds pico de gallo — but this is a pretty solid choice that should leave you satisfied. Strangely, subbing Taco Bell’s dusty cheese for tomatoes, onion, and cilantro makes the taco feel a whole lot fancier than the standard fare from the Bell.
The biggest issue we have with this meal is the high sodium content, which accounts for 36% of your daily recommended intake of sodium (based on a 2,000 calorie diet). Not perfect, but good enough in a bind and cheap as hell too!