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Chipotle
It's not "fast-food" per se, but Chipotle has long been one of my favorite quick options. While it isn't the lowest-calorie choice out there, you can trust that the ingredients are fresh, and you actually know what is coming in your bowl, burrito, or salad.
Try: You can get a bowl with brown rice, chicken, black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, and green tomatillo salsa for 525 calories. Keep in mind though that calorie counts can vary depending on who is scooping up the goods, so don't hesitate to ask for staff to go light on rice.
Avoid: The flour tortilla. At 290 calories, it'll take your meal to high-calorie territory in a hurry.
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Fast-Food Guide: What to Eat and What to Avoid at 7 Top Restaurant Chains

Fast-food is never the ideal meal choice. Everyone knows these foods of convenience are not the healthiest option available, but sometimes it's just not possible to cook all of your organic meals from scratch. Between rushing home from work and rushing your kids to after-school activities, fast-food restaurants can be considered a necessary evil, but it doesn't have to be an unhealthy option! It is actually possible to get a filling meal at the drive-thru that you don't have to feel totally guilty eating - and that you wouldn't have to feel bad about feeding your kids. The trick is to avoid the fat and calorie-laden options, and know ahead of time what you'll be ordering so you don't get stuck choosing a No.1 by default. Here are some of my favorite healthy fast-food options to try next time you're hungry on the road, or ill-prepared when dinnertime rolls around. I've also included some cringe-inducing options you'll definitely want to avoid! - By Erin Whitehead



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