Let’s be real, life is hectic. No matter how hard we try to eat healthy, we try to eat fresh, & we try to stay on track, there are those moments in life when it just doesn’t work. I’m always on the go; I have barley enough time to even blow-dry my hair after my morning workout. Sometimes I could use that easy-to-pick-up snack or meal here and there. If you are forced to succumb to fast food or the nearest coffee shop for your next meal, here are some of your healthier & lighter options:
(1) Starbucks Oatmeal – 150 calories, 2.5g fat, 4g fiber, 5g protein.
Quick, easy, and filling, this is definitely one of my favorites in the morning. I usually add the brown sugar (50 calories) and the dried fruit (100 calories), which still leaves you at 300 calories for breakfast. Add more or less toppings depending on goals but I promise you this will leave you satisfied and still content with your healthy diet J
(2) Starbucks Fat Free Yogurt Parfaits – 280-290 Calories , 3.5g fat, 8g protein
Yogurt always makes for a delicious and good-for-you breakfast and if your fridge isn’t stocked full, Starbucks makes it easy for you. The probiotics in yogurt always leaves my stomach feeling a lot happier 😉
(3) Dunkin’ Donuts English Muffin – 140 Calories, 0.5g fat, 7g fiber.
Stick on the lighter side of the donuts with Dunkin’ Donuts English muffin. An English muffin has only 29g carbs compared to a whopping 63g in a multi-grain bagel. Add a little bit of peanut butter to make this snack more filling and higher in protein.
(4) Carl’s Jr. Jalapeno Turkey Burger – 490 calories, 22g fat, 31g protein
Want to sizzle your tastes buds? This may be the answer to your road trip dilemma. Take off the bun and you save yourself another 120 calories and around 22g carbs. I’ve had this before on the road and it’s definitely not a bad eat when you’re stuck in the middle of no-where (I don’t know if that’s saying much, lol).
(5) McDonald’s Honey Mustard or BBQ Snack Wrap (Grilled) – 250 calories, 8g fat, 16g protein
Seriously had a phase where I was kind of obsessed with McD’s Grilled Chicken Honey Mustard Wrap. Although not the best to have on a daily basis, this is another option for when you need something to go and want to stay on the lighter side.
(6) McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (with brown sugar) – 290 calories, 4.5g fat, 5g fiber.
Yes, McDonald’s has oatmeal too and it’s pretty damn good. Not enough time to cook yourself a healthy breakfast? Swing by a McDonald’s drive thru and get yourself a filling & healthy oatmeal breakfast. You will no longer have an excuse to skip breakfast 😉 (so bad for metabolism if you do!).
(7) Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Go Wrap – 270 calories, 11g fat, 19g protein
Another easy yet satisfying lunch option, this wrap will leave you happy you didn’t get that double bacon cheeseburger you wanted. Don’t let your need to eat on-the-go change your healthy lifestyle.
(8) Wendy’s Large Chili – 310 calories, 9g fat, 26g protein
Looking for something a little hotter? This chili is definitely a yummy meal choice and high protein addition to your day. Watch out for the sodium though. A whoppin’ 1330mg of sodium, you do not want to get this meal too often.
(9) Taco Bell’s Fresco Chicken Soft Taco – 150 calories, 3.5g fat, 11g protein
Although your friends may drag through Taco Bell’s late night drive thru, you can still stay on the lighter side with choices like this. Even with 2 of these, you’re still under 300 calories for lunch or dinner and you still get that delicious Mexican fast food taste. Steer away from additions like sour cream to avoid packing on the calories. (Note: Steer away from the taco salad. Despite containing the word “salad”, this item has 580 calories & 29g fat.)
(10) KFC’s Grilled Chicken Breast – 220 calories, 7g fat, 40g protein (per serving)
Looking for something a little more homey? KFC is not a bad option when you have to grab something to go. With a side of corn on the cob or green beans, this can make a satisfying and healthier on-the-go meal.
Hope that helps when you’re stuck in fast food mayhem. Just because you can’t cook at home everyday or make it to your nearest market, does not mean you cannot pick healthier options when you have little time. Making it work my be challenging but it’s definitely worth it 😀