With busy lives and tight schedules, fast food is sometimes necessary. Fortunately, you can order plenty of healthier options from the drive-thru window. Let’s explore some of the best choices for those looking to make healthier decisions when eating out.

Here are some healthy alternatives:


It may sound obvious, but ordering a salad from the drive-thru window is one of the healthiest options. These can be found at nearly all drive-thru windows, so use this opportunity to get your veggies by ordering a salad as your entree. Be sure to pair it with enough protein to keep you satiated.


If you’re choosing a salad as your entree, pairing it with soup can help you to make it a more filling meal. Many drive-thru windows offer soups or stews, so if you find this an option, try one of the protein-packed and veggie-filled soups to round out your meal.

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Bento Boxes

You can even find these grab-and-go options at convenience stores or Starbucks. These pre-made protein boxes have veggies, fruits, nuts, and a protein option. Often Starbucks gets overlooked as a drive-thru option, but they also have options available.

Protein Bowls

Protein bowls are becoming increasingly popular at fast-food restaurants as they offer a healthy alternative to burgers and fries. Protein bowls usually consist of lean proteins such as grilled chicken or fish, vegetables, and grains such as quinoa or brown rice. Many protein bowls also come with sauces or dressings that up the flavor and allow you to mix and match to make your customized bowl.

Veggie Burgers

If sandwiches and salads aren’t enough to satisfy your hunger cravings, try veggie burgers. Veggie burgers are usually made from plant-based proteins such as beans and lentils, so they are an excellent source of fiber and protein with minimal saturated fat and cholesterol. Most veggie burgers come in a lettuce wrap which is a great way to get extra vegetables into your meal.


Wraps are another great option for those looking for a healthier alternative at the drive-thru window. Look for wraps filled with lean proteins such as grilled chicken or turkey breast along with lots of veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc.—this will ensure you get plenty of fiber and vitamins to stay satisfied until your next meal.

When it comes to eating fast food, plenty of healthy options are available at the drive-thru window if you know what to look for. Salads, protein bowls, and wraps are all great choices that offer plenty of nutrition without sacrificing taste.

So next time you find yourself craving something from the drive-thru window, don’t forget to consider these healthier alternatives.

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