Fast food: we all know it and its consequences. Weight gain, high blood pressure, increased levels of cholesterol, and those are only the tip of the iceberg. But is fast food actually bad, or is it just us making bad decisions? One thing many people don’t understand is that those health issues do not just happen with fast food; they happen because of your diet as a whole.

Today, the majority of fast food chains offer healthier options on their menus. People have become more health conscious in the recent years, so it was imperative for fast food restaurants to adapt and offer healthy selections.

It is essential for the majority of your diet to consist of healthful whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and grains or starches. Receiving those food groups is achievable with eating fast food, but it is not recommended to eat fast food daily. Here are some fast food places that offer wonderful healthy choices.

Chipotle:

Chipotle is an awesome place to get a healthy meal. They offer fresh and organic ingredients, which is great to know that what you are eating is clean. At Chipotle you can build your own meal, therefore, giving people the option to eat healthful foods. They offer burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and quesadillas. The healthiest option to get is a salad, which goes for most places. Now don’t get me wrong, you can definitely make a salad have way too many calories at Chipotle, but it’s mostly about making good decisions. For example, loading your salad with a full serving of rice, beans, and chicken, plus some guacamole, cheese, and sour cream will make the caloric content soar through the roof. A healthier option would be a salad with chicken, beans, fajita-style vegetables, and a small serving of guacamole or sour cream. Asking for a smaller serving cuts back tons of calories and makes you feel less guilty about eating out.

McDonald’s:

Let’s be honest, fast food is convenient. Although it may not be considered “healthy,” there are healthier choices that can be made. McDonald’s is known for being unhealthy, so many people don’t think they can make a healthy decision there. Although the food is processed, it is possible to eat a fairly low-calorie meal at McDonald’s. For example, the south-west salad with grilled chicken is a great meal to get. With only 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 27 grams of protein, this salad is a nice option. Remember, dressing can have A LOT of calories, fats, and sugars, so watch what kind you get and how much you use.

Wendy’s:

Wendy’s is known for having “quality” ingredients. They make their food fresh daily, which is good because many fast food chains do not cook food fresh. Wendy’s also offers some great healthy options. For example, a few good items on their menu are, the chili, a grilled chicken wrap, a broccoli cheddar baked potato, and even a junior size frosty! For the most part, you can make a healthy choice at any fast food restaurant. There are a plethora of options other than the ones stated above that you can get at Wendy’s and not feel guilty about eating it later. Wendy’s even offers a blog on their website that has tips and advice for healthy living in a fast food world.

Subway:

Subway has had various campaigns centered around achieving a healthier lifestyle. The restaurant offers many healthy options making it a marvelous place to grab a bite if you are a health conscious person. Choosing to eat a salad or even picking whole grain wheat bread over white bread is an awesome step to making healthier choices. Also, loading your salads or sandwiches with colorful veggies and fewer dressings or another high calorie/fat item is an incredible way to cut down calories. Be sure to be aware of the sizing of the meal you get though. Subway offers footlong sandwiches, which is not the most healthy thing to eat in one sitting. If you do get a footlong sandwich, just save half for later!

All in all, healthy eating can be achieved mostly anywhere. You have the ultimate control over what you eat. Implementing healthy eating and physical exercise into your daily lifestyle will ultimately create a healthier and happier YOU!