Well here is something to think about...and some help in making your next decision to DRIVE THROUGH
The top 10 Healthiest Fast-food Restaurants - for some reason that just does not sound right.
Taco Del Mar - 270 locations in 22 states Baja-style Mexican cuisine menu offers a fast, fun and delicious alternative to traditional Mexican food. We feature large, hand-rolled Mondo Burritos and rippin’ fish tacos made to order just the way you want them. The service is fast, the people are enthusiastic, and the restaurants are inspired by beach culture.
So grab your surfboard and let’s head out to grab the next wave together!
Danger zone: The breakfasts. In particular, steer clear of the Mondo Breakfast Burritos, which are more than 1,000 calories.
Einstein Bros. Bagels - 649 locations nationwide OK, we all know that bagels are pretty high-carb, but slathering cream cheese or butter on them is what really gets you into trouble. No worries at this chain: Einstein Bros. offers healthier alternatives like reduced-fat shmears, hummus, and peanut butter—a great way to add healthy fat to breakfast (or lunch). It also serves a Good Grains bagel that has an impressive 4 grams of fiber.
Danger zone: “Overstuffed” size sandwiches are a calorie nightmare.
#8 McDonald’s - 14,000 locations nationwide I know it is hard to believe but McDonald’s is leading the way in overhauling its menu to offer more heart- and waist-friendly fare. Take the Happy Meals, which you can order with a side of apple dippers (with low-fat caramel) instead of fries and low-fat milk or fruit juice instead of soda.
Danger zone: Although McDonald’s made our list, this is still the land of supersizing and giant sodas. It’s up to you to request a small.
#7 Atlanta Bread 106 locations in 24 states (Southeast, West, and North I live in Utah so I have not have the opportunity to visit this place. There are muffin tops (half the size of regular muffins) on its breakfast menu—the low-fat pumpkin muffin top has only 200 calories, compared with 320 to 640 calories for regular-size muffins.
Danger zone: Pasta entrees at some locations are offered with bread … that’s a whole lotta carbs!
#6 Chipotle 800+ locations nationwide- Chipotle first opened its doors in 1993, the goal was simple: to serve high quality, delicious food quickly with an experience that not only exceeded, but redefined the fast food experience.
Danger zone: The dark side of a buffet is that you can go wild. So you have to go light on cheese and sour cream.
Corner Bakery Cafe 111 locations in West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South a neighborhood favorite in communities all over—a place to find a warm welcome. Where people can gather with friends or hide out on their own. A place where fresh, innovative food is served up with unsurpassed quality and consistency by passionate employees. A place still dedicated to keeping our neighbors, friends and guests happy, in their special little Corner of the world.
Danger zone: You have to go to their Web site to get nutritional info.
#4 Noodles and Company 204 locations in West, Midwest, South The best dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – prepared to your liking, the Noodles way. Japanese Pan Noodles, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, something healthy or something indulgent – the world's best food is just inside our doors.
Danger zone: The desserts. The only options are two kinds of cookies and a Rice Krispy Treat bar that checks in at 530 calories and 19 grams of fat!
#3 Au Bon Pain 280 locations nationwide A pioneer in healthy fast food, Au Bon Pain serves up sandwiches, soups, salads, and hot entrees made with whole grains, veggies, and hormone-free chicken.
Danger zone: The sodium counts can get high if you don’t pay attention.
Jason’s Dell 206 locations in the West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South We just serve health, fresh and even organic foods. From sandwiches to salads, Jason's Deli offers healthy food that everyone can feel good about. And it's not only healthy food - it's delicious food.
Danger zone: High-sodium counts on some sandwiches; if sodium is a concern, stick to the ultrahealthy choices.
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#1 Panera Bread Over 1,230 locations nationwide (and in Canada). “Variety makes it easy for everyone to choose healthy,” praises registered dietitian and panelist Marisa Moor. You can pick from two whole-grain breads for your sandwich and have an apple with it instead of chips (though the chips are fine, too—they can be baked!). Half-size soups, salads, and sandwiches make it a cinch to control portion size. Also, most of the chicken is antibiotic- and hormone-free, a rarity for large chains.
Danger zone: Sticky buns and cheese danishes are on display at the counter.