Even when you plan to eat healthy, it’s easy to end up at a fast food place because it’s the only thing around and you’re hungry, dammit. But does McDonald’s have anything for a vegetarian to eat? Is there anything low carb at Starbucks? This cheat sheet can help.
For example, on a Mediterranean diet, you only have a few things to eat at McDonald’s: a side salad, apple slices, or a Cutie (one of those tiny oranges). But Starbucks offers five items, including two delicious-looking salad bowls. Or say you don’t eat meat: Wendy’s only has a few sides for you, but Taco Bell offers 14 different entrée items stuffed with cheese, eggs, and beans.
The full analysis is here, sponsored by NetQuote. (They want you to come for the fast-food menus and stay for insurance quotes.) The chains they looked at are Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s; the diets are vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian (vegetarian plus fish), Mediterranean, and low carb.
They define low carb as fewer than 16 grams of carbs, which may not be strict enough for all low-carb dieters (especially when we’re looking at Taco Bell, where 16 grams per taco is going to add up fast). So make sure to double-check labels—but this is still a great starting point when you’re stuck in a food court.