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."
Taco Bell Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco
- 150 calories
- 4 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated)
- 400 milligrams sodium
- 2 grams fiber
- 11 grams protein
Much of Taco Bell's menu is an orgy of salt and fat (to wit, one "salad" rocks 750 calories, 330 from fat, with 1,400 milligams of salt), but the Fresco options are something of a healthful oasis. The Grilled Steak Soft Taco is extremely low in fat, salt, and calories yet gives a nice hunger-busting surge of 11 grams of protein. Pair it with a basic bean taco (no cheese) to boost your fiber intake.