The Healthiest Fast Food Chains In The U.S.

No matter what diet you choose to follow, Chipotle can cater to most, including vegan, vegetarian, keto, plant-based, gluten-free, or carnivore. This popular chain is all about using clean and fresh ingredients (per Eating Well). They also allow you to mix and match meal components as you like, so the number of calories, grams of fat, protein, carbs, and sodium content that end up in your meal is entirely up to you. And some ingredients will get you to a healthier meal than others. As Eating Well points out, choosing a bowl without tortillas, adding fiber-rich foods like beans, guac, and brown rice, and doubling the serving of grilled veggies can make for a healthy and balanced meal.

Additionally, if you're calorie-conscious, you can easily opt for light servings of more calorie-dense foods, like sour cream, queso, and cheese. And while you may be tempted to order a salad in order to achieve your health goals, just know that the salad dressing alone is 220 calories which can add up quickly depending on what's in your salad.

Chips might sound tempting, but you'll likely not miss them if you're filling up on all the fiber-rich options like grilled veggies, beans, and brown rice. As Eating Well notes, each serving of chips clocks in around 540 calories — not exactly a low-cal side. That said, it's not all or nothing. As dietician Samantha Cassetty wrote for Today, "Get a crunchy taco shell on the side and have it in place of chips."