America’s Healthiest Fast Food Restaurant Choices

Based on calories per entre and average serving size.

Let’s see which restaurant had the best healthiest options. Eat This Not That

With everyone’s busy schedules, most people grab a quick meal at
least a couple times a month.  I came across a men’s health article
that listed the healthiest fast food restaurants.  I thought I’d
share it with you so the next time you’re busy and need a fast
meal, you’ll know which restaurants are the healthiest options.
Here’s how they rated the restaurants: they calculated the total
number of calories per entrée. That gave the reviewers a snapshot
of how each restaurant compared in average serving size–a key
indicator of unhealthy portion distortion.
Then they rewarded establishments with fruit and vegetable
side-dish choices, as well as for providing whole-grain options.
Finally, they penalized places for excessive amounts of trans fats
and menus laden with gut-busting desserts. What they ended up with
is the Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Report Card, which will show
you how all of the nation’s largest eating establishments stack up
Here are the restaurants that received the best scores.
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Chick-fil-A (Grade: A-)
Between the breakfast and lunch menus, there are only two entrées
at Chick-Fil-A that break 500 calories, a rare feat in the
fast-food world. What this means is that you can’t possibly do too
much harm–especially if you stick to the chicken. And unlike the
typical fast-food chain, Chick-Fil-A offers a list of sides that
goes beyond breaded and fried potatoes and onions.  Also,
Chick-fil-A receives an even higher grade when it comes to kids’
Subway (Grade: A-)
A menu based on lean protein and vegetables is always going to
score well. With more than half a dozen sandwiches under 300
calories, plus a slew of soups and healthy sides to boot, Subway
can satisfy even the pickiest eater without breaking the caloric
bank.  But, despite what Jared may want you to believe, Subway is
not nutritionally infallible: Those rosy calorie counts posted on
the menu boards include neither cheese nor mayo (add 160 calories
per 6-inch sub), and some of the toasted subs, like the Meatball
Marinara, contain hefty doses of calories, saturated fat, and
Jamba Juice (Grade: A-)
Jamba offers a viable and tasty solution to the dearth of fresh
fruits and vegetables in the American diet: Stick it all in a
blender and let us slurp it up. But make this your rule: If it
includes syrup or added sugar, it ceases to be a smoothie. Jamba
Juice makes plenty of real-deal smoothies, but their menu is
sullied with more than a few faux-fruit blends. Just make sure you
choose the right one.
Au Bon Pain (Grade: A-)
Sure the menu has its pitfalls, but what menu doesn’t? The bottom
line is that Au Bon Pain combines an extensive inventory of healthy
items with an unrivaled standard of nutritional transparency. Each
store has an on-site nutritional kiosk to help customers find a
meal to meet their expectations, and the variety of ordering
options provides dozens of paths to a sensible meal.
Boston Market (Grade: B+)
With more than a dozen healthy vegetable sides and lean meats like,
turkey and roast sirloin on the menu, the low-cal, high-nutrient
possibilities at Boston Market are endless. But with nearly a dozen
calorie-packed sides and fatty meats like dark meat chicken and
meat loaf, it’s almost as easy to construct a lousy meal so choose
Cici’s Pizza Buffet (Grade: B+)
Cici’s began in Texas in 1985 and now boasts more than 600
locations, proving definitively that Americans love a good buffet.
The good news for our waistlines is that the crust is moderately
sized, and the pizza comes in varieties beyond simple sausage and
pepperoni. But if you check your willpower at the door and choose
the healthier slices and start off with a salad.
McDonald’s (Grade: B+)
The world-famous burger baron has come a long way since the days of
Fast Food Nation–at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats
are mostly gone, the number of gut-wrecking calorie bombs are now
fewer than ever, and the menu holds plenty of healthy options such
as salads and yogurt parfaits. Don’t cut loose at the counter just
yet, though. Too many of the breakfast and lunch sandwiches still
top the 500-calorie mark, and the dessert menu is fodder for some
major belly-building.SURVIVAL STRATEGY: The Egg McMuffin remains one of the best ways to
start your day in the fast-food world–feel free to use it as a
replacement option for any of these eight worst fast food
breakfasts in America!
As for the later hours, you can splurge on a Big Mac or a Quarter
Pounder, but only if you skip the fries and soda, which add an
average of 590 calories onto any meal.

Taco Bell (Grade: B+)
Taco Bell combines two things with bad nutritional reputations:
Mexican food and fast food. The result should be horrendous, yet
somehow it works out so that a little prudence at the ordering
window can bag you a meal with fewer than 500 calories. The
potential for belly-building is still there, but the calorie bombs
are generally easy to spot. And to limit the chances of a mistake,
Taco Bell reengineered some of its classic items and listed them
under the Fresco Menu for a savings of up to 10 grams of fat per
item.Wendy’s (Grade B+)

Scoring a decent meal at Wendy’s is just about as easy as scoring a
bad one, and that’s a big compliment for a burger joint. Options
such as chili and baked potatoes offer the side-order variety
that’s missing from less-evolved fast-food chains like Dairy Queen
and Carl’s Jr. Plus they offer a handful of Jr. Burgers that don’t
stray far over 300 calories. And for our money, the ¼-lb single is
one of the best substantial burgers in the industry. Where they err
is in their recently expanded line of desserts and a lackluster
selection of beverages. But you’re happy just drinking water, right?So there you have it…a review of some of fast food restaurants you
can choose to get a healthy meal.  Not all fast food meals need to
be damaging to your diet.  Choose wisely and you’ll be alright.

Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!
Dr. Justin Trosclair dc
Breaux Bridge, Lafayette areas have most of these resturants.