Let’s face it: When you hear “fast food” you think “calorie overload” — right? Nobody wants that, yet after a long day it’s oh-so-easy to just pull up to the drive-thru than make a healthier meal from scratch. But there’s no need to accept defeat and call today a cheat day! You’d be surprised how many low cal options are available at any given fast food chain. That’s right: Low calorie fast food. Um, game-changer!
Curious? Here’s a few options that will fill you up fast (and cheap!) without destroying your diet.
Taco Bell made it even easier for you to count the calories when they released the Drive-Thru Diet last year. While most people chuckled at the thought, the restaurant proved there are actually dozens of ways to eat fast food and stay in a healthy calorie range. Their Fresco Menu offers several options on the lighter side — we especially like the Fresco Chicken Soft Tacos. Two of these bad boys will only add 340 calories to your day and 8 grams of fat. Not too shabby!
Panda Express Shanghai Angus Steak
Don’t be afraid of the panda! While most of us think Chinese and immediately let our pants out an inch, we can skip that step by staying away from the fried rice and carby noodle dishes. Go for a simpler meat and veggies entree but try to stay away from anything breaded, fried or layered in sauces. The Shanghai Angus Steak and Veggies is an awesome 220 calories and 7 grams of fat. It’s hard to say no to that!
Say no to the nuggets! Just because you’re pulling up to Mickey D’s doesn’t mean your diet has to go out the window. This meal will cost you 320 calories and 12 grams of fat and save you a lot of grief. Of course, go for a low-cal dressing like Italian or Balsamic Vinaigrette.