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Healthy Fast Food Choices
Fast food restaurants are an inevitable part of life on the go. Thankfully, more eateries are heeding the call for healthier fare for kids. Here are your best bets from the kids menu and beyond:
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Starbucks Protein Bistro Box
With more than enough to share, this fruit, peanut butter, egg and cheese platter will power everyone up for their day.
McDonald's Hamburger Happy Meal with kid-size fries
350 calories, 14 grams fat, 13 grams protein + apple slices + low-fat milk
- Taco Bell
Taco Bell Bean Burrito
370 calories, 9 grams fiber, 13 grams protein. Side: black beans and rice: 147 calories, 5 grams fiber, 4 grams protein
Subway Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt
This lunchtime destination has put a fresh spin on breakfast with a high-fiber handheld that you can load up with your kid's fave veggies.
- Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday Pasta Marinara
471 calories, 6 grams total fat, 6 grams fiber, 16 grams protein
Panera PB&J Sandwich:
400 calories, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 3 grams fiber, 11 grams protein. Side: organic yogurt (blueberry or strawberry)
McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
As close to homemade as you're going to get, each cup offers the ideal breakfast triple play: a whopping 32 grams of whole grains, 1/2 cup of fruit and 100 milligrams of calcium.
- Jamba Juice
Jamba Juice Strawberry Whirl Smoothie
Opt for an all-fruit smoothie—everything that goes into the blender can be grown in a garden.
- Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-up Wrap or Veggie Egg White Wake-up Wrap
At only 150 calories, this small wonder has the bonus of spinach (in the turkey sausage wrap) and high-protein cheddar cheese to help keep your little one full until lunch.
Chili's Little Chicken Crispers
340 calories, 4 grams saturated fat, 1 gram fiber, 30 grams protein. Side: celery sticks with ranch, Mandarin oranges, steamed broccoli or pineapple
Applebee's Grilled Chicken Sandwich
230 calories, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 24 grams protein. Side: steamed broccoli or applesauce
Check out our ideas for healthy kids snacks you can make at home!