Guilt-free Fast Food

Eight fast options that won't ruin your waistline.

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Between sports games, road trips, weddings and reunions, eating on the go often becomes a necessity come summertime, but that doesn't mean you have to load up on diet-busting burgers and fries.

 

Here are eight healthy meals from some of your favorite fast-food joints.

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McDonald's

Order the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal without the brown sugar for a filling first meal. Wash it down with a small orange juice to infuse your diet with even more vitamin C.

Total Calories: 400

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Dunkin' Donuts

The Egg White Turkey Wake Up Wrap contains a whopping 11 g of protein. Pair it with a hot or iced coffee for a low-cal breakfast.

Total Calories: 150

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Qdoba

Qdoba's Naked Salad comes sans the crispy taco bowl, but you'll forget it was ever an option when you discover the flavor of the adobe-marinated fire-grilled chicken over a bed of romaine lettuce with fat-free Picante Ranch dressing, chile corn salsa and a low-fat sour cream. Keep in mind you can make substitutions or additions to create a meal that's right for you.

Total Calories: 370

Courtesy of Qdoba

Panera Bread

Panera's "You Pick Two" option allows you to pair half a sandwich with a cup of soup for a lower-calorie, less carb-filled meal. Try a half Meditteranean Veggie Sandwich on Tomato Basil bread and a cup of Black Bean Soup for 5g of belly-filling fiber and 11g of protein. Hold the mayo, or substitute bread options to customize your order.

Total Calories: 410

Courtesy of Panera Bread

Starbucks

Try the Roma Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich with spinach and basil pesto on a piccolo roll. With 16g of protein, you'll stay fuller longer and you won't exceed 400 calories for your meal.

Total Calories: 380

Courtesy of Starbucks

Chipotle

Crispy Carnita Tacos divide one serving size of ingredients among three tortilla shells. For a lighter meal, add romaine lettuce, vegetables and Chipotle's green tomatillo salsa instead of higher-calorie additives, such as cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

Total Calories: 410

Courtesy of Chipotle

Burger King

Craving a burger? Hold the mayo and the cheese, and BK's Veggie Burger becomes a healthy lunch or dinner option.

Total Calories: 320

Courtesy of Burger King

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To avoid a greasy entree, order the Grilled Chicken Wrap with white meat chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes and light ranch in a warm flour tortilla. A side of apple slices and an unsweetened tea are great options to round out your meal.

Total Calories: 435

 

Next: Fast Food for Picky Dieters

 

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First Published May 2, 2011

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