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Eating Healthy at Fast Food Restaurants: Chick-fil-A

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Chick-fil-A is not a restaurant you want to eat at. People beat up on McDonalds and Taco Bell a lot, but they are pretty healthy when compared to Chick-fil-A. Most of this is based on the higher fat and lower fiber at the chicken place, but as with a lot of restaurants the sodium is simply unacceptable.

There are very few options that don't contain about a half teaspoon of salt per serving. At breakfast your options are limited to a bagel or English Muffin. Because the bagel is whole grain and contains 3 grams of fiber, it might be your better choice. You can have yogurt and fruit but that's just as easy to get at home, so if you care about your health, just don't eat at Chick-fil-A.

Lunch and dinner are not much better. Even a 4-piece Chicken Nuggets comes in at 610 milligrams of sodium and the Market Salad might seem a good choice, but their dressings contain maybe more salt than any other chain or fast food restaurant I have seen. Your best choice is the Balsamic Light Vinaigrette.

Best to stay home and make your own breakfast and you can also make these Chicken Fingers (they keep and reheat pretty well).

  Calories Sodium (mg) Fiber (g)
Sunflower Multigrain Bagel 290 460 3
English Muffin 140 220 1
Greek Yogurt Parfait 280 85 1
Fruit Cup 60 0 2
Grilled Chicken Sandwich 320 680 4
4 ct Chick-fil-A® Nuggets 130 610 0
Grilled Nuggets 130 440 0
Market Salad 250 530 4
Fruit Cup 60 0 2
Side Salad 160 170 3
Buddy Fruits® Apple Sauce 45 0 1
Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing 80 360 0