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Food Court Survival Guide

Try one of these healthy options next time you're navigating the food court. By: Katherine Brooking MS, RD and Holley Grainger, MS, RD

Fast Food Nutrition: McDonald's Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken
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Best Choice:  Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken

McDonald’s has an array of healthful menu options like the Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken. The one-dish meal has just 290 calories for the entire salad including grilled chicken, cheddar and jack cheese, chili lime tortilla strips, and a Southwestern vegetable blend of tomatoes, corn, black beans, and peppers. Skip the dressing and opt for a fresh squeeze of lime juice for no added calories. Otherwise, add a packet of low-fat Balsamic Vinaigrette for just 30 more calories. Moderate in calories and high in protein, this meal will help keep you full enough to avoid those cinnamon buns around the corner.

Nutrient Breakdown: 290 calories, 8g fat (2.3g saturated fat), 27g protein, 650mg sodium

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