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My Top Choices from Four Fast Food Restaurants

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Updated February 15, 2014

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You can enjoy a small order of fries at most fast food restaurants for under 200 calories.

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I have a confession: I eat fast food several times a week -- it's easy, convenient, and isn't murder on my wallet. Despite the "bad rap" fast food has gotten in recent years, it is entirely possible to make better choices at many eateries. Here are my top picks at four of my favorite chains:

Wendy's

  • Ultimate chicken grill sandwich - 370 calories
  • Jr. hamburger - 280 calories
  • Baked potato, plain - 270 calories
  • Caesar chicken salad (no toppings/dressing) - 190 calories
  • Chili, small - 220 calories
  • Mandarin chicken salad - (no toppings/dressing) - 170 calories
  • Low-fat strawberry flavored yogurt - 140 calories

McDonald's

  • Apple Dippers w/low fat caramel dip - 100 calories
  • Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait - 160 calories
  • Hamburger - 250 calories
  • Premium classic grilled chicken sandwich (no mayonnaise dressing) - 370 calories
  • Caesar salad with grilled chicken (no dressing) - 220 calories
  • Grilled chicken bacon ranch salad (no dressing) - 260 calories
  • Vanilla reduced-fat ice cream cone - 150 calories

Sonic Drive-In

  • Junior burger - 355 calories
  • Grilled cheese toaster sandwich - 310 calories
  • Grilled chicken sandwich - 350 calories
  • Grilled chicken salad (no dressing) - 365 calories
  • Chicken strip snack - 280 calories
  • French fries, regular - 185 calories
  • Vanilla dish - 195 calories

Quizno's Subs

  • Small honey bourbon chicken sandwich - 330 calories
  • Small turkey lite sandwich - 360 calories
  • Small Sierra smoked turkey w/ raspberry chipotle sauce - 360 calories
  • Small Tuscan chicken salad - 325 calories
  • Small veggie lite sandwich - 300 calories

You can find the calorie count as well as other nutrition information for these and many other fast foods at About.com's Calorie Count.

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