The Best and Worst Fast Food Meal Choices

Courtesy of McDonald'sCourtesy of McDonald'sJenna Williams, Glamour

When you're in a rush, it can be hard to judge the nutritional value of your favorite value meal. Read our tips for making your fast-food choices both fast and healthy.

McDonald's: Bad and Better Food Choices
We know it's tough to resist the lure of the golden arches, but DO pay attention to portion size when ordering from McDonald's.

Breakfast
BAD Deluxe Breakfast, with a large biscuit and no syrup or margarine (1,150 calories, 60 grams of fat)
BETTER Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, made with a regular-size biscuit (430 calories, 24 grams of fat)

Burger
BAD Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese (740 calories, 42 grams of fat)
BETTER Cheeseburger (300 calories, 12 grams of fat)
*Leave off the cheese and you'll save 50 calories and 3 grams of fat!

Salad
BAD Premium Southwest Salad With Crispy Chicken (430 calories, 20 grams of fat)
BETTER Premium Caesar Salad With Grilled Chicken (220 calories, 6 grams of fat)
*Totals are without dressing. Remember, Caesar dressing is very high in fat and calories.

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Courtesy of Burger KingCourtesy of Burger KingBurger King: Bad and Better Food Choices
When ordering a burger (and, hey, it is Burger King), DON'T double (or triple!) up on patties. One extra piles on extra calories.

Burger
BAD Triple Whopper Sandwich With Cheese (1,250 calories, 84 grams of fat)
BETTER Hamburger (290 calories, 12 grams of fat)

Side
BAD Large Salted French Fries (580 calories, 28 grams of fat)
BETTER BK Fresh Apple Fries With Caramel Sauce (70 calories, 0.5 grams of fat)



Courtesy of Wendy'sCourtesy of Wendy'sWendy's: Bad and Better Food Choices
DO eliminate unnecessary calories in your salad without sacrificing taste by avoiding words like creamy or crispy. And always opt for grilled (not fried) chicken.

Salad
BAD Chicken BLT Salad (470 calories, 27 grams of fat)
BETTER Mandarin Chicken Salad (180 calories, 2 grams of fat)
*Totals do not include dressing.

Sandwich
BAD Triple With Cheese (960 calories, 60 grams of fat)
BETTER Jr. Hamburger (220 calories, 8 grams of fat)

Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital StudioFive Guys: Bad and Better Food Choices
DON'T be fooled by names. At this patty palace, the "little burger" is anything but small. Cut calories by topping your burger with mustard or hot sauce instead of mayo and cheese.

Burger
BAD Bacon Cheeseburger (920 calories, 62 grams of fat)
BETTER Little Hamburger (480 calories, 26 grams of fat)

Condiment
BAD Mayonnaise (100 calories, 11 grams of fat-in 14 grams)
BETTER Mustard or hot sauce (0 calories, 0 grams of fat)



Courtesy of Jack in the BoxCourtesy of Jack in the BoxJack in the Box: Bad and Better Food Choices
We usually recommend skipping dessert if you're gorging on fast food, but if you're going to give in to your sweet tooth, DO skip the milk shake.

Dessert
BAD Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shake (1,454.5 calories, 75.1 grams of fat)
BETTER Chocolate Overload Cake (300 calories, 7 grams of fat)

Burger
BAD Sirloin Bacon & Cheese Burger (1,136.8 calories, 74.9 grams of fat)
BETTER Hamburger (281 .1 calories, 11.7 grams of fat)

Entrée
BAD Large Fish & Chips (1,153.2 calories, 72.6 grams of fat)
BETTER Chicken Fajita Pita Made With Whole Grain (306.8 calories, 9.4 grams of fat)

Courtesy of Blimpie'sCourtesy of Blimpie'sBlimpie: Bad and Better Food Choices
We usually recommend skipping dessert if you're gorging on fast food, but if you're going to give in to your sweet tooth, DO skip the milk shake.

Dessert

BAD Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Shake (1,454.5 calories, 75.1 grams of fat)
BETTER Chocolate Overload Cake (300 calories, 7 grams of fat)

Burger
BAD Sirloin Bacon & Cheese Burger (1,136.8 calories, 74.9 grams of fat)
BETTER Hamburger (281 .1 calories, 11.7 grams of fat)

Entrée
BAD Large Fish & Chips (1,153.2 calories, 72.6 grams of fat)
BETTER Chicken Fajita Pita Made With Whole Grain (306.8 calories, 9.4 grams of fat)

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Courtesy of SubwayCourtesy of SubwaySubway: Bad and Better Food Choices
DO choose lean turkey meat. It's lower in fat than most other meats and has a subtle enough flavor to be paired with just about any topping.

Sandwich
BAD 6-inch Double Meatball Marinara With Cheese (860 calories, 42 grams of fat)
BETTER Jared Sandwich: 6-inch Turkey Breast (280 calories, 4.5 grams of fat)

Salad
BAD Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (210 calories, 3 grams of fat)
BETTER Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast With Fat-Free Italian Dressing (175 calories, 2.5 grams of fat)

Courtesy of Arby'sCourtesy of Arby'sArby's: Bad and Better Food Choices
Whether it's paired with a burger or sprinkled on a potato, DO watch out for calorie-laden bacon.

Sandwich
BAD Roast Turkey, Ranch & Bacon (818 calories, 38 grams of fat)
BETTER Ham & Swiss Melt (268 calories, 5 grams of fat)

Side
BAD Large Mozzarella Sticks (426 calories, 28 grams of fat)
BETTER 4-piece Southwest Eggrolls (225 calories, 7 grams of fat)
*Totals are without dipping sauces. The Chile Lime sauce that comes with the eggrolls adds 190 calories and 19 grams of fat. Yikes!


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