What are some healthy fast food snacks?

Many fast food chains are starting to offer healthy choices on their menus to attract more health conscious consumers.

New federal requirements for nutrition labeling at restaurants are slated to be released this fall, 2012. These guidelines will require that restaurants with 20 or more locations must post the calories on their menus and menu boards. 

For example, McDonald's currently offers apple slices, fat free milk, and grilled chicken salads to help consumers order menu items that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, they will also be testing additional healthier foods to be potentially launched in 2013.

Here are some options that could be tested soon at a McDonald's near you:

  • More seasonal fruit and vegetables options, such as blueberries and cucumbers, during peak seasons;
  • Additional produce side options and grilled chicken choices for Happy Meals;
  • The McWrap featuring fresh vegetables starting at 350 calories; and
  • New breakfast choices, including an egg-white breakfast sandwich on an English muffin made with 8 grams of whole grain.
Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Some healthy fast food snacks include:

  • Eggwhite flatbread sandwich from Dunkin Donuts
  • Apple dippers McDonalds
  • Low fat vegetarian soup Panera Bread
  • Oatmeal with apples and raisins McDonalds
  • Oatmeal at Starbucks
  • Grilled chicken wrap (be careful of cheeses)

It can be hard to find just a snack at places on the run. I carry nuts and fruit with me so snacks are always readily available and keep yogurt and frozen homemade baked goods at work.



Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The following are healthy fast food snack options:

  • Chicken on flatbread with hummus artisan snack plate
  • Handful of roasted almonds
  • Deluxe fruit blend salad
  • 10 ounces (oz) cup of soup.
  • Try any of the following: chicken tortilla, chipotle chicken corn chowder, fire roasted tomato orzo, minestrone, roasted chicken noodle, rosemary chicken and dumpling, Spanish style chicken and rice with pork, tomato garden veggie w/ rotini.
  • Fruit and walnut salad
  • Apple dippers
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC):
  • Sargento light string cheese
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