Fast food is best avoided, but when there just isn't an alternative, choose your McMeal wisely. Lauren Antonucci, a clinical nutritionist and the owner of New York's Nutrition Energy, offers some smart selections that have more of what you need – fiber, protein, and slow-burning carbs – and less of what you don't. While it's surprisingly easy to steer clear of saturated fats and sugar, even healthy fast food is packed with salt, so if you do indulge, stick to low-sodium choices the rest of the day.
Another tip: "Avoid foods on the top right side of the menu," says Antonucci. "That's where they list items with the most saturated fat and calories."
Burger King Flame-Broiled Hamburger
- 220 calories
- 9 grams fat (3 grams saturated)
- 450 milligrams sodium
- 1 gram fiber
- 9 grams protein
The small patty in the Burger King Flame-Broiled Hamburger keeps the total calories and fat low, and the sodium content is within reasonable limits. Pair it with a salad (instead of fries) and a piece of fruit to make the full feeling last longer.