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Cheap AND Healthy Fast Food Options

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Everyone’s watching their pennies these days and a couple bucks doesn’t go very far. Combined that with the fact that we are all pressed for time, it’s not surprising that Americans are drawn to fast-food value menus. It also explains why fast food companies are expected to thrive in the tanking economy.

I know I’ve hit the drive through on my lunch hour more times than I should, and every once in a while, its ok, but many Americans hit the drive through daily. So, while it may be a timesaver and you feel good about ordering of the value menu, it can take its toll on your health .

You can easily take in more than 1,000 calories at lunch alone. That is nearly half the recommended daily intake of calories for the entire day for many of us. But the good news is this can be avoided. Many fast food establishments have added healthier options to their value menu. Listed below are 5 fast food lunches that are not only low in cost but low in fat and calories.

McDonald’s
McChicken Sandwich
with Side Salad with Newman’s Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Small Iced Tea
420 calories
19 g fat
Cost Approx $3.18

Burger King
Whopper Jr. without Mayo
with Garden Salad with Ken’s Light Italian Dressing, and 22-oz Minute Maid Light Lemonade
455 calories
25 g fat
Approximate Cost $3.18

Wendy’s
5 Piece Crispy Chicken Nuggets and Small Chili
with Value Iced Tea
420 calories
21 g fat
Approximate Cost: $3.99

Taco Bell
Bean Burrito
with Mexican Rice (fresco style), and Water
450 calories
10 g fat
Approximate Cost $2.10

Subway
Footlong Ham or Turkey Sandwich (no cheese or mayo)
with and Water
580 calories
10 g fat (Ham) 8 g fat (Turkey)
Approximate Cost $5.00

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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