35 Healthy Fast Food Options – Best Choices to Eat Healthy at Fast Food Restaurants

If you need to grab a quick meal on the go but don’t want to totally blow your healthy eating plan, it’s still possible to hit the fast food drive-thru. Many fast food chains have improved their nutrition game in recent years, making good-for-you choices easier than ever. By introducing more veggie-forward meals like salads and bowls, these chain restaurants have started to think outside the typical cheeseburger-and-fries fare. This is awesome for folks who are trying to make healthier choices, and provides better options for people who live in areas where fast food chains are the main affordable option.

No matter where you are chowing down, start by loading your meal with as many healthy vegetables as possible, whether that means adding extra peppers to your pizza, asking for mushrooms on (or in place of!) your burger or scooping some salsa onto your burrito bowl. Some chains even have ordering hacks that can help you add more nutrition to your meal. For example, ask for your Taco Bell order “fresco” to nix a dressing, cheese or sour cream.

Below are the “healthiest” fast food orders you can find at McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, Chipotle and other chains. We want to stress that there is no such thing as “bad” foods in our opinion (we also think terms like “cheat day”, “guilt-free” and “treat yourself” in relation to food can be problematic). Our goal here is not to tell you how to think, eat or live — nor is to to pass judgment on how you choose to nourish your body. Good Housekeeping has been exploring how we think about weight, the way we eat and how we try to control or change our bodies in our quest to be happier and healthier. We have a whole series about these topics, which you can learn more about. .