Eating a salad seems healthy enough, but when a salad comes from a fast food restaurant, a person has to be careful about his/her choices, as there are definitely salads one should avoid. What you put on top of that salad can designate it as healthy or unhealthy. Before making a beeline to your closest fast food restaurant, look for telltale signs which contribute to an unhealthy salad.
Chicken is a favorite buddy to go with a salad. As great as chicken breast is, fried or breaded chicken breast is a no-no, laden with fat and salt. Go for a healthier version, grilled or baked chicken. When at McDonald’s, avoid the Premium Southwest Salad with crispy chicken. loaded with fat and calories. Stay away from Wendy’s Chicken BLT Salad with Home style Chicken as the words “home style” are misleading.
The worst place for unhealthy salads is Taco Bell, where their nachos and taco salads go right off the scale in calories and fat. Avoid their Volcano Nachos Salad, Chipotle Steak Taco Salad, and Chicken Ranch Taco Salad. If it’s salad you want, don’t go to Taco Bell.
At Quizno’s, keep away from their Chicken Mustard Flat Bread Chopped Salad. Arby’s Santa Fe Salad may be a better choice, with less calories but still loaded with fat. Instead, opt for Arby’s Martha’s Vineyard Salad with nutritious romaine lettuce, sweet apple bits, grape tomatoes and cranberries. Packed with vitamins, minerals, Vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants, it is a much better alternative.
Are there healthier salads at fast food restaurants? Definitely! Make a list and put it in your purse/wallet as reference for the next time out. Better choices at Burger King are: Tender Crisp Garden Salad, Side Salad, and Tender Grill Chicken Salad. All low in calories and fat.
* McDonald’s has three healthy salads and one low-fat salad dressing. These are Caesar Salad with no Chicken, Caesar Salad Grilled, Fruit and Walnut Salad, plus Newman’s Own Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
* Best at Wendy’s is their Caesar Chicken Salad, Side Salad, along with their two best dressings which are Balsamic Vinaigrette and Fat Free Ranch dressing.
* Arby’s Chopped Turkey Club Salad is also a good selection, along with their Buttermilk Ranch Dressing which is also a good choice.
* KFC has also have several healthy selections of salad: Roast Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken Caesar, and Roast Chicken BLT Salad, and Side Salad. Their best dressings are Fat-Free Ranch Dressing and Light Italian Dressing.
Armed with the aforementioned information, the next time fast food hunger hits, avoid the unhealthy choices and make a selection from the above-mentioned healthy salad meals.