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26 Fast-Food Lunches That Are Actually Healthy

Yes, it's true! These lunches are great options for those days when you just can't get around to packing your own — because it definitely happens.

Before you freak out: Ideally, everyone would be packing their own lunches and eating only whole foods made from the freshest ingredients. But this is the real world.

And sometimes that's just not realistic and not gonna happen. And if you DO find yourself with fast food as your only option, wouldn't it be nice to know which food choices you can make that are the healthiest for you? (Fun fact: It might not be the salad!)

Here's how to think about what "healthy" means for this particular article:

1. McDonald's

2. Chipotle

3. Subway

4. Taco Bell

5. Pret a Manger

6. Burger King

7. Hardee's

8. Jimmy John's

9. Quiznos

10. In-N-Out Burger

11. Chik-Fil-A

12. Starbucks

Starbucks has some excellent box options and some healthy wraps, both with meat and also vegetarian, if that's what you're looking for. Avoid the sugary coffee drinks and the bakery aisle, and stick with the stuff with cheese and eggs and veggies, and you'll have a pretty easy time staying within the parameters mentioned above.

Protein Bistro Box* (pictured left) (vegetarian)

380 calories

13 g protein

19 g fat (6 g saturated, 0 g trans)

470 mg sodium

37 g carbohydrates (5 g fiber, 19 g sugar)

Edamame Hummus Wrap* (pictured right) (vegetarian)

490 calories

12 g protein

27 g fat (5 g saturated)

970 mg sodium

47 g carbohydrates (6 g fiber, 6 g sugar)

See the full Starbucks nutrition info here.

13. Panera Bread

McDonald's doesn't offer a supersize option on the menu. An earlier version of this post said otherwise. Thanks to a commenter for pointing out our mistake!