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Friday Five:  Weight Watchers and Healthy Fast Food Choices

This week I got an amazing and hilarious email from a reader asking about fast food options that didn’t include “salad or plain grilled chicken sandwiches” that could keep her on her plan , full all afternoon, and “not giving everyone in the restaurant eating french fries evil eyes.” The email couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I am planning for a quick road trip that will inevitably involve multiple fast food stops. Here are my current favorite weight watchers fast food choices, mostly inspired from Eat This, Not That, a book I constantly find myself using to make healthy choices at restaurants. It has such good ideas for meals and shocking statistics, like the fact that Carl’s Jr. low carb, guacamole burger (sounds healthy right?) has over 800 calories and clocks in at 22 points. Want some more ideas – check out this post.

What are your favorite fast food choices?

1. Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken and Mixed Veggies, 235 calories, 6 P+
Panda Express is actually one of my favorite fast food restaurants to go to because there are so many weight watchers friendly items. Look for something that isn’t fried and is chicken or beef based, and most of it is pretty low calorie. Swap the rice for steamed veggies and most meals come in around 6-8 points plus. Unfortunately this means orange chicken is out.

2. McDonald’s Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap and Side Salad, 320 calories, 7 P+
The McDonald’s grilled honey mustard snack wrap is a great option and paired with a side salad it comes in at 7 points, just make sure to order the grilled version. You can also get it without cheese and knock off another 2 points bringing it down to just 5. Another favorite at the golden arches is the Egg Mcmuffin, which is surprisingly low calorie with only 300 calories and 7 points. I just never seem to make it before 10:30.

3. Burger King Jr. Whopper w/o Mayo and BK Apple Fries, 330 calories, 7 P+
When I am craving a burger, I usually go for the Burger King Jr. Whopper and some apple fries as a side. The burger is completely satisfying and definitely doesn’t taste like it is something you should be eating. You can also order a veggie burger or grilled chicken sandwich at Burger King for about the same number of points. Ask for it wrapped in lettuce instead of bread and you can bring the points plus value down to 4.

4. Two Taco Bell Fresco Chicken Soft Tacos, 340 calories, 8 P+s
Anything with Fresco in the title at Taco Bell works pretty well for fast food. I have to admit I have never been much of a fan of Taco Bell, except for those yummy cinnamon twists, but I warmed up to it once I tried the Fresco chicken tacos. They come in at 4 points a piece and with two I am completely satisfied.

5. Wendy’s Broccoli and Cheese Potato – 320 calories,6 P+
There is something about the ooey, gooey cheese on this potato that I can’t resist. Although I am pretty sure it isn’t the most natural thing, for some reason I just love the taste. Paired with lots of broccoli and a huge baked potato and it is a great option.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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6 Response to Friday Five: Weight Watchers and Healthy Fast Food Choices

  1. Bobbi on April 28, 2012

    Great post. I can always use good take out help. I ususally avoid altogether, but there are times when you just need to stop. Thanks

  2. Kelli on April 29, 2012

    Thank you for this. I love Eat This, Not That but I get overwhelmed with information! We don’t eat fast food very often but it’s great to have some choices to be ready.

  3. Steph on April 30, 2012

    I also agree that Panda Express has a lot of nice options for Weight Watchers. I like their mixed veggies with broccoli beef =)
    Jack in the Box also has a Fajita Pita that is really good and that comes in at 8 points.

  4. Jule on May 3, 2012

    How many points are the Taco Bell Soft wrap alone. Say I had a Fresco Taco and didn’t eat the wrap. It takes it from 4 points to ____?

  5. Emma on May 20, 2012

    I thought this page might help everyone out! Granted, you do have to look THROUGH all the items and then make a decision based on how many points you want to use/have left, but this has a list with ALMOST every restaurant you can think of and the Points Plus values of their entire menus! Anytime I HAVE to stop for fast food, I always take a second to pull this up!

    • Eletha Dorsey on July 23, 2012

      Thanks this has been a great help for me. I have just started WW on line and I am glad their is a site for eating out.


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