Special Report

The Healthiest Option at Every Fast Food Restaurant

Source: Courtesy of Subway

Subway: Veggie Delite Sandwich
> Serving size: 163 g (1 6-inch sandwich)
> Calories: 200
> Total amount of sugar: 5.0 g
> Total amount of fat: 2.0 g
> Total amount sodium: 280 mg

This six-inch sub on nine-grain wheat bread combines lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers, dressed with a serving of “Fresh Fit” sauce.

Source: Courtesy of Del Taco

Del Taco: Bean & Cheese Cup
> Serving size: 220 g (1 cup)
> Calories: 320
> Total amount of sugar: 1.0 g
> Total amount of fat: 3.5 g
> Total amount sodium: 830 mg

This California-born chain, now headquartered in the Chicago area, is the nation’s third-largest Mexican fast-food group, after Taco Bell and Chipotle. There are two versions of the bean recipe, depending on regional suppliers.

Source: Courtesy of Sonic

Sonic: Fries Small
> Serving size: 71 grams (1 bag)
> Calories: 250
> Total amount of sugar: 0.0 g
> Total amount of fat: 12.0 g
> Total amount sodium: 260 mg

Fries are never a healthy choice, but the Sonic menu offers fewer healthy choices than those of some of its competitors. A small portion of Sonic fries is at least relatively restrained in calories, fat, and sodium. The chain uses russet potatoes for its fries, leaving some skin on for what it calls a “natural cut” — designed to produce crisper results.

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Tim Horton’s: Chicken Ranch Wrap Snacker
> Serving size: 123 g (1 wrap)
> Calories: 190
> Total amount of sugar: 1.0 g
> Total amount of fat: 6.0 g
> Total amount sodium: 620 mg

These smaller-sized wraps were off the Tim Horton’s menu for a time, but reappeared last spring. They’re made with strips of white meat chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing on a whole wheat tortilla.

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Whataburger: Apple Slices
> Serving size: 57 g (1 bag)
> Calories: 30
> Total amount of sugar: 0.0 g
> Total amount of fat: 0.0 g
> Total amount sodium: 0 mg

This 69-year-old Texas-based chain offers a little bag of apple slices as a healthier alternative to fries. However, it also notes that the slices go well with shakes, cookies, or onion rings, which might make customers wonder why they didn’t just get the fries in the first place.