I had a client who was eating at Chick-Fil-A for lunch multiple times per week. Despite ordering the Chicken Cool Wrap with fruit every time, I still told her it’s fast food and that she needed to get more involved in making her own lunch and prepping it ahead of time. Relying on fast food drive throughs was not a healthy habit.
Buuuut after seeing her eat it so many times, getting results, and analyzing the nutrients, I decided to go try it myself. I had written off drive throughs as a food option over a decade ago. They aren’t even on my radar. There’s no way that Chick-Fil-A actually provides healthy options, right?
Well, I was totally wrong. If you’re on the go, Chick-Fil-A does actually have some of the healthiest *quick* options available. With the holidays and road trip season coming up, I wanted to share with you the best picks if you find yourself needing to run through a drive-through:
#1: The Grilled Cool Wrap. At 350 calories, 29g of carbs, 13g of fiber, and 43g of protein, that’s pretty damn balanced. I’m sold.
The caveat: You can’t get the Avocado Lime Ranch, Creamy Salsa or Garden Herb Ranch dressing to go with it. Well you could, but try not to use the whole thing because those packs have almost as many calories as the wrap itself!
What I do: I use the Zesty Buffalo sauce (25 cals per packet)
The side: Fruit! I would usually never order fruit as a side because you always get that nasty, unripe melon with one lonely strawberry and a few soggy grapes. No thanks. But Chick-fil-A’s fruit is actually delicious! Lots of berries, apples, and mandarin oranges.
#2: The Grilled Market Salad with Grilled Nuggets. 320 cals, 14g fat, 26g carbs, and 27g of protein. Again, very balanced. Get the Light Balsamic Vinaigrette as your dressing and call it a day.
Bravo, Chick-Fil-A, for giving us some actually healthy options on the go! If you’re there for breakfast, the Egg White Grill isn’t bad either (even though I wish they would just use the whole egg).