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.
3Double Chicken Avocado Salad From El Pollo Loco
Calories: 370 Calories from fat: 130
Total Fat: 14g
Dietary Fiber 6g
With a double serving of chicken, this delicious salad from El Pollo Loco is a solid meal and easily one of our team’s personal favorites on this list. Chopped chicken breast with sweet corn, pico de gallo, sour cream, cilantro, cotija cheese crumbles, and fresh slices of avocado round out this balanced and flavorful dish, and if the nutritional info is setting off alarms for your own personal diet, consider further customization to hit that sweet spot (maybe skip the sour cream and settle for one serving of chicken).
Again, we’re not in love with the large amount of sodium in the double chicken avocado salad, but as far as full meals go this seems sufficient enough to not cause you to look at the sides menu in despair.