Healthy Fast Food Salads

Ok, let’s face it! Packing a healthy lunch to take to work or school isn’t always feasible and we can’t always assume that a salad is healthy either given all the high fat items including the dressing that can make up a salad. The following suggestions come from the July/August 2009 Fitness Magazine and are included on their website. I try to stay around the 400 calorie mark for lunch so they all work for me. Note that with some of the items there are caveats.

At McDonald’s: Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken
345 calories, 16.5g fat, 5.25g saturated
Bacon makes it seem naughty, but the portion keeps it nice — if you use only half the dressing.

At Wendy’s: Mandarin Chicken Salad with Grilled Chicken Fillet
385 calories, 18g fat, 2.25g saturated
Almonds supply lots of crunch, so nix the noodles and use half the Oriental dressing.

At Burger King: Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad
390 calories, 20g fat, 4.5g saturated
Three cheeses and garlic croutons — yum! Just opt for the light Italian dressing.

At Taco Bell: Chicken Fiesta Taco Salad
420 calories, 16g fat, 5g saturated
Say adios to the tortilla shell and this cheesy bowl becomes a safe bet.

At Quiznos: Black & Bleu Flatbread Salad
340 calories, 10g fat, 5g saturated
Skip the flatbread, and this stick-to-your-ribs salad (steak and blue cheese!) gets a thumbs-up.


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