And we're back with the weekly information from Men's Health... this week it's:
The Best Fast Food Meals Under 500 Calories
Super Roast Beef Sandwich with Arby’s sauce with Fruit Cup, and a 20 oz Diet Pepsi
448 calories 19 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,272 mg sodium
Replacing some of your daily carbohydrates with red meat can lower blood pressure. This sandwich combines roast beef, tomatoes, and lettuce, and subs out mayo for a tasty, low-cal spicy pepper sauce.
Whopper Jr. without Mayo with Garden Salad and Large Minute Maid Light Lemonade
375 calories 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat) 1,235 mg sodium
Save 17 grams of fat by opting for barbecue sauce instead of mayo. At 160 calories a schmear, BK’s mayo is one of the worst in the fast food world. Still feeling hungry after the last bite? Order another Garden Salad. You’ll still take in fewer calories than if you had consumed a small order of fries.
Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Side Salad with Low Fat Balsamic Dressing, and Medium Iced Tea
445 calories 8.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat) 1,690 mg sodium
Barbecue sauce and a mound of fresh produce keep this meal in the safe zone.
Bombay Chicken Salad with Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette and a cup of Pollo e Pasta Soup (6 oz), and Gigante Iced Tea
327 calories 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat) 1,489 mg sodium
Skip the free flatbread that comes with your salad, even if it’s whole grain. Both the whole grain and the original kind pack a whopping 49 grams of carbs and 740 mg of sodium. Spring for a small fruit salad instead.
Ham, Egg & Cheese English Muffin Sandwich with Hot Latte Lite (10 oz)
380 calories 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat) 1,335 mg sodium
English muffins have a fraction of the carbohydrates of a bagel, and none of the trans fats of the donuts and croissants.
Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and a 20 oz Iced Tea
433 calories 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat) 1,865 mg sodium
Yes, you can have a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and still fall short of the 500-calorie barrier. It would take more than three servings of this smart side to total the calorie count in a small order of fries.
Jack in the Box
Chicken Fajita Pita with Side Salad with Fire Roasted Salsa, and a 20 oz Fresh Brewed Iced Tea
340 calories 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat) 1,295 mg sodium
Loaded with fresh veggies in a fairly harmless pita vessel, this is the healthiest entrée available at Jacks, hands down.
3 Crispy Strips with Green Beans and 3” Corn on the Cob, and a Medium Diet Pepsi
470 calories 22 g fat (4 g saturated fat) 1,820 mg sodium
Order a side of green beans for a good source of vitamins K, A, and C—key players in maintaining strong bones and reducing cancer-causing free radicals.
Quarter Pounder (without Cheese) with a Side Salad with Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, and a Medium Iced Tea
470 calories 22 g fat (7 g saturated fat) 1,486 mg sodium
Sans cheese, the Quarter Pounder has a good balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Paired with a side salad and iced tea, it makes a reasonable meal.
Two Slices Thin ‘N Crispy Pizza (12”) with Quartered Ham & Pineapple, and Medium Diet Coke
360 calories 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,160 mg sodium
Regardless of which pizza chain you pledge your allegiance to, ham ad pineapple is one of the most trusted combinations you can order. Ham is the leanest meat you can put on a pie, while pineapple adds low-cal sweetness and a dose of antioxidants.
Small Honey Bourbon Chicken on Wheat Bread with a Cup of Chili, and bottle of water
450 calories 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat) 1,540 mg sodium
Opt for the honey bourbon mustard sauce over mayo or creamy dressings to add flavor without guilt.
6-inch Double Roast Beef Sub with Veggie Delite Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing and Medium Iced Tea
455 calories 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat) 2,100 mg sodium
Even with twice the meat—and double the protein—this sandwich still has only a fraction of the fat found in Subway alternatives like gloppy, mayo-based tuna salad.
wo Grilled Steak Soft Tacos, Fresco Style with Pintos ‘n Cheese, and a bottle of water
480 calories 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat) 1,770 mg sodium
Order almost any menu item “fresco” style and the Bell boys will replace cheese and sauces with a chunky tomato salsa, cutting calories and fat by at least 25 percent.
Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich with Side Salad with Light Classic Ranch Dressing, and Medium Iced Tea
445 calories 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat) 1,335 mg sodium
This is the healthiest sandwich on the menu, serving up a fillet with only 1.5 grams of fat. Don’t order your chicken spicy: That’s their cue to fry rather than grill your bird, tacking on extra 9.5 fat grams.
Soooo - does this mean that you can't get out of Chick-Fil-A, Sonic, or Schlotzky's for 500 calories?