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May 03, 2007

3 Fast Foods That Are (Sorta) Healthy!

By Mark Sisson

All right, I’ve had my ranting fun. Fortunately, there are lots of positive things going on in the world of convenience food, and I want to highlight a few of them now. Here are three convenience foods you can order when you’re busy and starving that are (in a pinch) healthy for you! Keep in mind, these aren’t winning any big health awards, but they are signs of progress. I wouldn’t make fast food a habit, but there are reasonable choices available if you are willing to look. And please share with us what healthy to-go items you’ve found.

1. McDonald’s:

Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken

A tad high in sodium, but on the plus side, a good amount of protein, fiber and only 300 calories. Leave off the sugary dressing! Jack’s Asian salad has more sodium, 100 more calories and several more grams of sugar, so…

2. Jack in the Box:

Chicken Fajita Pita

Only 200 calories, this light veggie-filled pita isn’t as full of whole-grain fiber as I’d like, but it’s a pretty decent choice. Con: this is very high in sodium, so don’t make it a frequent habit. (High sodium is the major problem with even the lighter, greener fast food fare.) Tip: Ask for extra veggies and hot sauce.

3. Taco Bell:

Taco Salad Express

Yes, I pick on these guys for having a “Fourth Meal” campaign, but their salads are all right if you leave off the fried stuff. Not winning any health awards, mind you, but a darn sight better than most fast food. Upgrade this salad to grilled chicken and don’t eat the chips.

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5 years 10 months ago

A lot of times when I am on the go and need to solve a hunger problem, I will go to McDonald’s and get 2 side salads without dressing. It’s cheap, and just has lettuce tomato and radish!

5 years 4 months ago

I really wish your website would say what year posts were added! This post is confusing to me because you are usually attacking grains but here it says “this light veggie-filled pita isn’t as full of whole-grain fiber as I’d like”.
I’m reading the 21 day transformation right now and things like this are confusing!!

2 years 1 month ago

Mark, you should know better than this. I am sure all the food they sell in these fast food restaurants come from heavily sprayed, pesticide laden plants, and factory farmed animals that are fed unhealthy diets and shot up with antibiotics and hormones, which translates into you putting that into your body Profit margins are slim in the food industry, so your food will be of the lowest quality as well, not to mention the dirty conditions of most of those restaurants. What about grains being unhealthy, remember?