We all do our best to eat well, work out, live a healthy life, blah blah blah. But every now and then you just can't help getting a hankering for some fast food. The longer you try to hold out, the more you want it — and eventually you give in, get in the car, and hit the drive-through. But do you really want the guilt of a 1,000 calorie meal on your conscience as you drive home?
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Sure, you could always get a salad or one of the guaranteed healthy options every fast food place is offering these days. But when you get that craving, you're not craving veggies — and some veggies alone aren't going to hit the spot. So instead of giving up fast food entirely, we went through the menus and figured out what some of the better options are. You don't have to eat healthy when you hit up McDonald's — but now, you can at least eat a little healthier.
Let's be honest. If you were really trying to stick to your diet, you'd just cook something at home. And if you want to do that, we've got tons of healthy recipes for you to try out. But if you're ready to give in to temptation, then just follow our handy guide for what food to skip — and what to indulge in instead.
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After all, just because you're trying to lose weight doesn't mean you can't have some chicken nuggets every now and then. And hey, if you dip them in a little ranch, we won't tell. It'll be our little secret... So if you're feeling that fast food craving — and you know it's only a matter of time before you're driving down the street and figuring, well, one cheeseburger won't hurt — just check out our handy guide.
Check out the gallery below to see what your best options are at all of your favorite fast food joints — and what you should definitely avoid.
A Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese will ring you in at about 770 calories. Instead, opt for the much tastier Chicken McNuggets at 270 calories for a 6-piece. The nuggets get a bad rap (remember all those nightmarish pink slime photos?), but they are made with real chicken — and they still pack 15 grams of protein.