I've scoured the menus at 20 of America's favorite eating spots to find the healthiest picks at each.
All meals are under 650 calories and 1,000 mg sodium and meet dietary recommendations for fat intake. Visit restaurant websites for more nutritional information.
Thanks to a healthy, keep-you-satisfied hit of protein, two-thirds of what you need in a day, the turkey breast sandwich gets my vote. Even with a little mayo, it's still good on cals, and I like that lettuce and tomato on top. My runner-up: a half portion of chicken Caesar salad that will fill you up with greens and cheese.
Classic Turkey Breast Sandwich, 560 cal
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with dressing (half size), 400 cal
A classic burger doesn't have to blow your calorie budget. This one includes fixings and still has fewer than 250 cals—pretty good for a fast-food patty. And the sodium is low enough that there's still room for an order of fries. Want an even bigger hit of protein plus satisfying fiber? Order up a veggie burger—but sodium's higher, so hold the fries on this one.
Regular Hamburger with ketchup, mustard, and pickles on sesame seed bun, 230 cal; plus, Value Size French Fries, 240 cal
MorningStar Veggie Burger with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and ketchup on sesame seed bun—hold the mayo, 320 cal