Any parent would want their kids to eat a healthy and balanced meal all the time. Fast food would of course be considered as unhealthy as any health expert would tell you. But sometimes you just can’t beat the convenience that fast food restaurants offer, especially if you combine your hectic schedule with your kids’ long list of activities.
If you’re running late, have no time to prepare a meal yourself, and would rather have your kids eat fast food rather than nothing at all, here are a few healthy fast food meals for kids that could be considered healthier compared to the other menu choices:
Arby’s has a lot of options for healthy fast food meals for kids. You can try different combinations with Arby’s macaroni and cheese. Add apple slices to it with Nestle bottled water and you get a total of 205 calories. Get iced tea instead and youget a very little difference at 210 calories. If you order Capri Sun 100% juice instead, you get 285 calories. Get Shamrock Farms low-fat milk and you end up with 295 calories.
You can also get add the strawberry yogurt dip with your apple slices and get a total of 255 calories if ordered with bottled water, or 260 calories when ordered with iced tea. If you get the mac n cheese with apple slices and strawberry yogurt dip with Capri Sun 100% juice, that’s a total of 335 calories all in all. If you get it with Shamrock Farms low-fat milk, it will add up to 345 calories.
Try the Jr. Turkey and Cheese sandwich and order apple slices and Shamrock Farms low-fat milk with it. This will all add up to 335 calories. Getting the Jr. Roast Beef sandwich instead of the Turkey and Cheese will also give you the same calorie count.
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Get a medium strawberry smoothie for a guaranteed 3 grams of fiber, a fair dose of Vitamin C and 100mg of calcium. This only contains 310 calories and is almost fat-free.
Burger King is yet another restaurant that serves healthy fast food meals for kids. Try getting the 4-pc chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce and get some apple slices with it without the caramel sauce. If you get it with Nestea unsweetened tea, you only get 255 calories. Getting it with Gold Peak unsweetened tea will give you 265 calories. You can also get Hershey’s fat-free chocolate milk instead and end up with 355 calories.
If you get the 6-pc chicken nuggets and add apple slices without the caramel sauce, eating it with Nestea unsweetened tea will give you 355 calories while getting it with either Gold Peak or Nestea unsweetened tea will give you 355 calories.
With 285 calories with 14 from saturated fat, an order of kid’s macaroni and cheese, fat-free milk and apple fries without the caramel sauce is also a healthy option.
You could also try getting a burger instead of the mac n cheese. This may make the calorie count shoot up to 540 calories, but you get 3 grams of fiber with it as well.
Get Chick-n-Strips, a fruit cup and low-fat milk and you’ll get 255 calories all in all. Replace the Chick-n-Strips and you get 260 calories.
If you get a chargrilled chicken sandwich with honey-roasted barbeque sauce and a large fruit cup, you get a small amount of calcium, Vitamins A and C, plus 10 grams of fiber. All in all, this combination contains 420 calories and 1.5 grams of saturated fat.
Get 2 pieces of grilled chicken strips with Chiquita apple bites (with caramel sauce) and Gold Peak iced tea and you only end up with 205 calories.
You can get grilled chicken drumstick, string cheese, corn on the cob and unsweetened tea. This combination is 270 calories all in all, with 23 coming from saturated fat.
You can also get a chicken drumstick with green beans, low-fat milk and string cheese. This will add up to 365 calories.
You could get a plain hamburger and add apple dippers, but skip the caramel sauce that comes with it. Get low-fat milk for your child’s drink. All in all, this would total to 385 calories with 45 from saturated fat.
You also have the option of getting the 4-pc Chicken McNuggets with Barbeque Sauce and adding a fruit and yogurt parfait to it. This would give you 390 calories all in all, plus 14 grams of fat which includes 3 grams of saturated fat. This meal would give your child some calcium and some Vitamin C.
You could get a Kids Roast Beef Sandwich with no cheese and on whole grain bread. Add a fresh apple and reduced-fat milk. This gives you 450 calories all in all with 45 from saturated fat.
Keep it simple by ordering apple slices, a corndog and low-fat milk. This totals to 355 calories with 45 from saturated fat.
You can also try getting 2-pc chicken strips with apple slices and low-fat milk and you’ll only end up with 345 calories.
A lot of Subway sandwiches could be considered as healthy fast food meals for kids. Get the Veggie Delite sandwich on wheat bread and hold the cheese. Add apple slices to your order with 100% juice and you get a total of 285 calories. If you get your Veggie Delite on white bread with American Cheese adding the same side dish and drink, you still end up with only 315 calories.
For 315 calories, you can also try a Black Forest Ham sandwich or a Turkey Breast sandwich on wheat bread and with no cheese. Add apple slices and 100% juice.
You could also get a Roast Beef Kids Meal, as long as you hold the cheese and use whole wheat bread. You can also add apple slices and 100% juice. All this would total to 335 calories with 9 from saturated fat.
Another choice is the Mini-Turkey and Cheddar using wheat bread on it. Add some mustard, tomato, lettuce and raisins. All in all, this would add up to 390 calories with 4 grams of saturated fat. Your child will also get 140mg of calcium and 5g of fiber.