10 Fast-Food Restaurants That Serve Healthy Foods

  • Quinoa & Chicken Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens: 420 calories, 17 grams fat, 3 grams saturated, 9 grams fiber, 27 grams protein
  • Grande Flat White with almond milk: 100 calories, 6 grams fat, 0 grams saturated, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

Be honest — the real reason you’re showing up to Starbucks for lunch is because you need your caffeine fix. Unfortunately, most of the popular lattes, mochas, and frappuccinos are loaded with sugars and fats that can easily add up to a calorie-bomb of a drink order. Instead of drinking your lunch, grab the very tasty Quinoa & Chicken Protein Bowl to fill you up (lots of fiber and protein to do the job), then opt for a Grande Flat White drink order on the side. Just make sure you ask for almond milk to help tone down the fat and calorie count. In total, you’re looking at a meal that’s right around 520 calories, 23 grams of fat, 30 grams of protein, and 11 grams of fiber. Those are numbers you can feel good about.


  • Grilled chicken wrap: 440 calories, 15 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated, 2 grams fiber, 32 grams protein
  • Small fries: 250 calories, 12 grams fat, 2 grams saturated, 3 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

There are one or two items on Sonic’s menu that have fewer calories than the grilled chicken wrap, but they also feature less fiber, less protein, and an unfortunate dollop of trans fatty acids (you know, the fats you really want to stay away from), so you’re better off eating a few more calories if you’re getting better nutrition overall. And while the small order of natural-cut fries isn’t going to win a major health prize, at least they offer 3 grams of fiber and less fat than the onion rings or tots.

Panda Express

  • Grilled Teriyaki Chicken: 300 calories, 13 grams fat, 4 grams saturated, 0 grams fiber, 36 grams protein
  • Super Greens: 90 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated, 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein

Hands down, the combination of grilled teriyaki chicken and super greens (a mix of broccoli, kale, and cabbage) from Panda Express is your best possible menu option. The chicken provides an amazing 36 grams of protein, while the veggies deliver 5 grams of fiber. All-in-all, you have a meal for under 400 calories that’s practically guaranteed to keep you full. If you feel like splurging, add a vegetable spring roll to the side — it’ll add an additional 190 calories and 8 grams of fat to your totals, but you’ll still end up consuming fewer than 600 calories in a sitting.

Taco Bell

  • Two fresco soft tacos with steak: 300 calories, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams saturated, 2 grams fiber, 20 grams protein
  • Black beans & rice: 190 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated, 6 grams fiber, 6 grams protein

If you think chicken is always the healthiest option, this time you’re wrong. The steak version of the fresco soft tacos on Taco Bell’s menu have fewer calories, less fat, saturated fat, and more total protein than the chicken variety. And when you pair them with a serving of black beans and rice, you get another 6 grams of protein and a hefty dose of fiber, too. Combined, you end up with a filling meal, all for under 500 calories.

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