Even dietitians and nutritionists don’t eat perfectly healthy all the time. Sometimes, you need a quick meal after a long meeting or are on a road trip. At that point, you may need to eat some fast food–but what should you choose to remain relatively healthy?
Sonya Angelone, a dietitian, nutritionist, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says that there are “some good choices” in fast-food restaurants. Some are just better than other options, while others provide some essential nutrients, protein, and fiber. Learn what nutritionists and dietitians order when they eat out.
McDonald’s Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
The Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich at McDonald’s has grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and only 430 calories. “This is great,” says Sonya Angelone, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “especially when compared with some of the fried chicken sandwiches.”
Dietitian and nutritionist Melinda Piatek orders the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich with a side salad and mandarin orange. She gets the low-fat Italian dressing on the side, which keeps the meal under 500 calories. She also recommends choosing water or unsweetened iced tea for your drink.