The "healthy track" is a good one to be on, but from time to time, we all find ourselves on a drive-thru line, looking for a late-night, greasy bite, or opting for an over-the-counter burrito.
Nix the guilt - and loads of calories - with these healthier alternatives. Your waistline will thank you!
Chipotle: Sofrita & Black Bean Salad
Chipotle Mexican Grill, commonly known as a calorie-heavy Mexican eatery, doesn’t only mean burritos and burrito bowls. Their salad and taco options offer a lighter fare, such as their Sofrita and Black Bean Salad, which is packed with fajita veggies, sofritas, salsa and a half serving of guacamole. The salad racks in at about 350 calories. Compare that to a whopping 1,000-calorie burrito!
Qdoba: Naked Taco Salad
Chipotle's lesser-known rival Qdoba also offers some waistline-friendly options, as opposed to greasy fast food. The chain offers a "Craft 2" Meal, which allows you to customize any option to your liking. Your best bet? The Naked Taco Salad, chock full of every topping and veggie you could want.
Shake Shack: Chicken Dog
New Yorkers likely head to Shake Shack for their infamous cheeseburger, and a frozen custard for dessert. When keeping an eye on calories, though, the Chicken Dog offers a mere 250 calories, so you can still indulge in fries, if you wish.
In-N-Out: Protein-Style Hamburger
In-N-Out isn't exactly known for its healthy menu options. To lower the carb count, however, the popular West Coast drive-thru offers their burgers "protein style" - AKA wrapping in a big leafed lettuce instead of a bun.
Taco Bell: Fresco Burrito Supreme Chicken
Taco Bell-lovers will be happy to discover that they don't have to sacrifice their beloved fast-burrito in the name of health. The chain allows customers to make any burrito "fresco" in order to swap out high-calorie additions such as cheese and sour cream. This burrito, in particular, only clocks in at 340 calories, and offers 19G of protein.
McDonald's: Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT
Many don't think of this classic fast-food chain as a healthy choice, but in recent years, McDonald's has gotten on board of the healthy bangwagon. Though the chain offers numerous salads, it'd be hard to not order a burger or something equally indulgent. Thus, the Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT is a happy medium - a hearty chicken sandwich, at only 380 calories. Just be sure to stick with grilled chicken versus crispy!
Panera Bread: Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT on Sourdough
Panera Bread is easily known as one of the healthiest fast-food names in the game, but their soup, salad and sandwich options are deceivingly high-calorie and high-fat. This whole-sandwich option, however, will keep you full and satisfied, and only breaks the bank with 540 calories.