By Cristen Dillon, SELF magazine
When we're on a road trip or running an insane amount of errands, sometimes we have no choice but to pull up to a fast-food restaurant for a quick snack. Hey, a girl gets hungry!
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While fast food generally isn't the best choice in terms of nutritious eats, there are smart orders that keep calories and fat to a minimum while making you feel full and satisfied.
We analyzed nutritional information provided by major fast-food chains to come up with 4 yummy options that won't break the caloric bank. Remember them the next time you pull up to the drive-thru!
McDonald's Fruit 'n' Yogurt Parfait 160 calories, 2 grams of fat (1 saturated), 21 grams sugar, 85 mg sodium If you have a hankering for something sweet, this mix of low-fat vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and granola is the perfect quick fix. The berries give you a shot of vitamins, the yogurt is a great source of dairy and granola helps you feel satisfied.
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Taco Bell Fresco Crunchy Taco 150 calories, 7 grams of fat (2.5 saturated), 350 mg sodium
Usually menu items that say "crunchy" are packed with calories, but this snack on Taco Bell's "Drive-Thru Diet" Menu is surprisingly low in both fat and calories. It's simply protein-rich ground beef, lettuce and salsa on a corn taco shell.
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Wendy's Small Chili220 calories, 7 grams of fat (3 saturated), 870 grams sodium
Rich and meaty, this chili is low in fat and high in fiber, so it will fill you up (and keep you that way for a good while!). Just be sure to ask for extra napkins to cover your lap -- chili isn't the easiest thing to eat on the road.
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Chick-fil-A Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup220 calories, 6 grams of fat (2 saturated), 4 grams of fiber, 12 grams of protein Soup is a great choice because the liquid -- along with the fiber and protein in this particular item -- makes you feel fuller, longer. Enjoy!
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