The Healthiest Late-Night Fast Food You Can Buy, According to Dietitians
Take the guilt out of the equation with these expert choices.
Okay, so “healthy fast food” might sound like an oxymoron—but it does exist. Need proof? Check out these dietitian-approved fast foods for your next late-night trip to the drive-thru. While you’re at it, skip the sugary soda (a.k.a. liquid calories), and you’ve got yourself a decent meal to cure the nighttime munchies.
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Wendy’s: Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Fried foods can take a while to digest, so go for grilled bites like the Grilled Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s. “This high protein sandwich is delicious and will keep you feeling full,” shares registered dietitian Emily Danckers, M.S., R.D. As for sides? Order chili (for more filling protein and veggies) or apple slices, she says.
Dunkin’: Veggie Egg White Omelet Sandwich
If you’re lucky enough to find a Dunkin’ with late night hours, try a Veggie Egg White Omelet sandwich, says registered dietitian nutritionist Beth Stark, R.D.N., L.D.N. It’s high in fiber and protein, so “it will please your belly and keep your appetite at bay.” For a complete meal, pair your sammie with fresh fruit or yogurt, she adds.
Chick-Fil-A: Market Salad
According to Stark, the Market Salad goes beyond your typical fast food salad. Not only does it have “carbs, protein, and fats for the ultimate balance of key macronutrients, [but] it also comes with granola or almonds that you can add as a topping or eat later,” she says. Take that, nighttime cravings.
Arby’s: Creamy Mediterranean Chicken Wrap
Meet the Creamy Mediterranean Chicken Wrap, Stark’s top pick at Arby’s. Here’s why: It offers “protein from roasted chicken, plus fueling carbohydrates from the artisan wrap,” she says. It’s also packed with colorful veggies (tomatoes, red onion, banana peppers), which is always a plus. To trim back the calories, Stark suggests ordering the tzatziki sauce on the side—then using a modest amount for a touch of flavor.