Fast food is bad – we get it. But, there comes a time when you are hungry and the only options around are fast food options. The most frequented fast food option in the US and around the world is McDonald’s, and while there are many terrible options on the menu, there are some that can be calorically okay. Below are the best options currently available at McDonald’s for those who want a healthy fast food meal.


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Yes, a plain hamburger is pretty boring, but it is the best calorie-wise if you are craving a burger at Mickey D’s. Coming in with 250 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein, you will be filled up for not a ton of calories.


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While McDonald’s offers up a grilled sandwich, sometimes you just want something quick and not on a bun. A 5-piece McNuggets brings in 180 calories, which isn’t bad for a quick lunch, and its 9 grams of protein can fill you up for a bit. It’s a different way to get a quick meal – with a not-so-healthy fried exterior – for not a lot of calories.

Side Salad

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15 calories without dressing? Boom. Here’s your best bet for a quick meal at McDonald’s. While the large salads have at least 300 caloriesĀ beforeĀ dressing, this little guy can fill you up for a while – or be a nice, healthy side for a naughtier main dish.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

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Since McDonald’s in the US are selling breakfast 24/7, this is a great way to get a quick lunch or snack. With 4 grams of protein, this isn’t going to keep you full all afternoon, but it can get you over a bump – and keep you from noshing on junk food.

Egg McMuffin

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An English Muffin, Canadian Bacon, cheese, and an egg can’t be that healthy, right? Well, not really, but it is one of the best quick meal options at McDonald’s. With 290 calories and 17 grams of protein, it can keep you full for not a lot of calories. It can also solve that salty craving you have, thanks to its Canadian Bacon slice.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Skip the 500+ calorie milkshakes, and get a smoothie instead. With 170 calories for a small, this protein-loaded drink can keep you full for a while, and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Iced Coffee


While a regular hot coffee is your best bet with zero calories, sometimes you want something more – and something cold. For a caffeine boost, grab an iced coffee. With 130 calories, it ranks better than the 290 calorie Iced Mocha.