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Eat This, Not That: Healthier Options for When You Can't Shake Off Your Fast Food Cravings

We all do our best to eat well, work out, and live the healthiest life possible. 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? There just have to be healthy options at Burger King, right?

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, veggies 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 "eat this, not that" fast food guide. 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.

Check out our "eat this, not that" fast food plan below to see what your best options are at all of your favorite fast food joints — and what you should definitely avoid.