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."
Chipotle Rice and Bean Burrito Bowl
- 345 calories
- 8 grams fat (0 saturated)
- 925 milligrams sodium
- 16 grams fiber
- 11.5 grams protein
Skip the chips and sour cream in Chipotle's Burrito Bowl to bring down the saturated fat, calories, and sodium content, and you'll drop to less than half your daily allotment (we opted for beans, brown rice, salsa, and lettuce; guacamole or meat bumps calories up to 500). A whopping 16 grams of fiber will keep hunger away for hours, and you'll get most of the protein you need per day from the beans alone.