Fast Food Tips: Drive Thru with Healthy Choices

By Elizabeth Colen

The other day I was driving and starving trying to find a place that I could drive thru and order, something quick. All I saw were the typical fast food chains – McDonalds, Bojangles, Wendy’s …you get my point. I don’t know about you but when I’m hungry, I could care less what I ‘m shoving into my mouth, I just want it fast.   However, as soon as I’ve eaten the last of the fries, the guilt sets in. Speaking from experience when you have an idea of what you want versus just driving up to that menu, you tend to make better choices.

If you’re looking for healthy alternatives while on the go, here are a few options to consider. Keep in mind these are just to use in a pinch, not for your daily meal. Remember you’re in control, you are prepared.


  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
    360 Calories 6g Fat 33g Protein
  • Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken (remember you can ask for less or no, cheese and bacon) 310 Calories 14g Fat 38g Protein
  • Apple Slices
    15 Calories 0g fat 0g Protein


  • Large Rich & Meaty Chili
    250 Calories 7g Fat 23g of Protein
  • Asian Cashew Chicken Salad Full Size
    380 Calories 10g of Fat 36g of protein
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich (you can ask for no sauce)
    350 Calories 17g Fat 33g protein

Taco Bell

  • Grilled Steak Soft Taco
    200 Calories 10g Fat 13g Protein
  • Chicken Soft Taco
    160g Calories 5g Fat 12g Protein
  • Crunchy Taco
    170 Calories 10g Fat 8g Protein
  • Shredded Chicken Burrito
    400 Calories 18g Fat 16g Protein


  • Tender Roast Chicken
    300 Calories 3g Fat 34g Protein
  • Side of Green Beans
    98 Calories 0g Fat 1g Protein
  • Corn on the Cob
    71 Calories .5g Fat 2g Protein