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Making Better Drive-thru Choices

Who hasn’t forgotten their lunch, been on a road trip, or just had life get in the way in general, causing them to have to blow through the closest drive-thru? Sometimes, let’s face it, it’s just unavoidable. Recently the owner of the East York Chick-fil-A was kind enough to break down some different choices for me and how to make them just a little bit “better”.

Below I’ve listed the lesser choice first, followed up by a “better” choice, followed up by an EVEN “better” choice.

Give these healthier options a try the next time you visit Chick-fil-A!

Starting With Breakfast:

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Calories………..440
Protein…………16g
Carbs…………..42g
Sugar……………1g
Sodium…………1290mg
Fiber……………..2g
Total Fat………..23g

Now…let’s make it just a little bit “better”

Hash Brown Scramble Bowl w/ Grilled Filet
Calories………..400………..40 calories less than the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Protein…………29g………..13 grams more protein!
Carbs…………..16g………..26 less carbs!
Sugar……………1g………..equal
Sodium…………1200mg…..90mg less than Bacon, Egg & Ch. Biscuit
Fiber…………….3g………..an extra gram of fiber
Total Fat……….24g……….1 gram more

Here’s One More Delicious Option (my fav!!!)

Egg White Grill - grilled chicken with hint of citrus flavor, stacked with egg whites and American cheese on a multigrain English muffin

Calories….300…100 less than Hash Scramble & 140 less than Bacon, Egg & Ch.
Protein……25g….4 less than Hash bowl, but 9 more than Bacon, Egg & Ch. Biscuit
Carbs….…31g….15 more than Hash bowl, but 11 less than Bacon, Egg & Ch.
Sugar….…1g….equal
Sodium….970mg…230 mg less than Hash bowl, & 320mg less than Biscuit
Fiber……..1g……a little less than the two above options
Total Fat…7g…..17 less than Hash bowl, 16 less than Bacon, Egg, Ch. Biscuit

Moving On To Lunch! (Please tell me there are grilled nuggets involved! YESSSS! There are grilled nuggets involved!)

8 ct Chick-fil-A Nuggets
Calories……….260
Protein………..28g
Carbs………….9g
Sugar………….0g
Sodium………..980mg
Fiber…………..1g
Total Fat………12g

Let's level up in this game of meal transformation!

8 ct Grilled Nuggets
Calories…………110….what? 150 less calories!
Protein…………..21g…ehh, okay, a little less, but I’ll still take it!
Carbs……………..1g……8 less like I said, I’ll take it!
Sugar……………..0g
Sodium………410mg….570 less mg of sodium
Fiber………………1g
Total Fat………..2.5g……9.5 less grams fat

The Clear Winner…The Grilled Nuggets!

You want some fries with that shake????
Kidding. Kinda. I like to live in this imaginary world where fries are fat/calorie free. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Let’s find out what is!

Medium Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries
Calories……..360
Protein………5g
Carbs………..43g
Sugar………..0g
Sodium………280mg
Fiber…………5g
Total Fat…….18g

Now…if perhaps we’re looking to again, make it a just a little “better”..

Superfood Salad
Broccolini & kale blend, maple vinaigrette dressing, & dried sour cherries with roasted nut blend

Calories………140……..not surprising, 220 less calories
Protein………..4g………1 less gram of protein
Carbs…………16g……..27 less grams of carbohydrates
Sugar…………11……….7 grams more sugar than the fries, dressing, keep in mind any sauces you would be adding to fries..likely a wash.
Sodium……….160…..120 less mg of sodium
Fiber……….…3g……..2 grams less
Total Fat……..8g……..10 grams less fat!

Or

Regular Fruit Cup
Calories………..50…..90 calories less than superfood salad & 310 less than the fries!
Protein………….0……definitely not the winner in this category but that’s why it’s a side!
Carbs…………..12g….4 less than salad & 31 less than fries
Sugar…………..9g….2 grams less than salad, the fries win in the sugar department.
Sodium…………0mg…….winner, winner, winner, chicken dinner right here!
Fiber……………2g……6 less than salad and 3 less than fries
Total Fat……….0g……..another obvious winner right here.


But wait! Maybe you just want a salad as your main meal?!?
She gave us a great option for that as well!

Grilled Market Salad w/ Grilled Filet
Sliced grilled chicken breast served on a fresh bed of mixed greens, topped with crumbled blue cheese and a mix of red and green apples, strawberries, & blueberries. Served with Harvest Nut Granola, Roasted Nut Blend and Light Balsamic dressing.

Calories………330
Protein………..29g
Carbs…………26g
Sugar…………13g
Sodium……….590mg
Fiber………….5g
Total Fat……..13g


Wow!

Who knew there are actually some okay drive-thru choices out there?

I know where I am picking the next time I have to make a pit stop! 🙂 (Support your friends and make sure it’s the East York location the next time you visit Chick-Fil-A as well!)

Hopefully the above comparison was as helpful for you as it was for me!


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