Top 5 High Protein Fast Food Meals

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If you're looking for some high protein fast food options, take a look at this list.

On this list are top fast food places to grab a high protein meal. These restaurants are highly accessible, have multiple high protein options on the menu, and nutrition facts readily available. They say life is what happens when you're busy making plans. Avoid letting life get in the way of your fitness plans, and remember these fast food options when you're on-the-go.

1. Chipotle

Burrito Bowl with Brown Rice, Fajita Veggies, Double Chicken, Light Cheese, Salsa, & Lettuce

Calories: 700   Protein: 78g   Carbs: 39g   Fat: 32g

Chipotle or other similar burrito restaurants like Freebirds World Burrito are a wonderful choice if you want to grab a high protein meal on the go. You're able to control exactly what's included in your meal, which makes squeezing this fast food option into your macros a breeze. Make sure to ask for double meat to maximize your protein content. If your chipotle location is notoriously stingy with the meat, remind them that you want double chicken after your first scoop to get your money's worth. You can manage your carbs by adding fajita veggies for volume and flavor, then choose either rice or beans as your carb source.

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2. Chick Fil A

12 Piece Grilled Chicken Nugget with Buffalo Sauce, and a Side Salad with Light Italian Dressing

Calories: 305   Protein: 39g   Carbs: 15g   Fat: 11g

Another easy fast food choice for grabbing a high protein meal is Chick Fil A. Stick with their grilled nuggets as a lean protein source and eat as many as your heart desires. If you need a dipping sauce to pair with your nuggets, go for their buffalo sauce as a safe bet. Pair your nuggets with a side salad to get in your micronutrients and complete your meal. Whatever you do, don't order their chocolate chunk cookie, if addictions just aren't your thing.


Calories: 220    Protein: 21g    Carbs: 24g   Fat: 7g

3. Panda Express

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken without Sauce, Mixed Veggies, and 1/2 Order of Steamed Brown Rice

Calories: 554  Protein: 49g   Carbs:49g   Fat: 18g

Panda Express made the list because you can get a ton of protein with their Grilled Teriyaki Chicken entree. The only caveat is, you may want to ditch the sauce. Teriyaki sauce only has about 3g of sugar/carbs per serving, but the serving size is a mere tablespoon. Once the restaurant gets done dousing your chicken in sauce, you're looking at a ton of extra carbs that won't fill you up. Choose steamed brown rice as your carb source and add mixed veggies for volume. This is a meal that can carry you throughout the day.


4. Starbucks

Turkey and Havarti Sandwich with Grande Cafe Latte (2% Milk)

Calories: 556   Protein: 41g   Carbs: 49g   Fat: 28g

If Starbucks is the only thing that stands between you and a morning meltdown, run there and try out this meal. I'm actually pleasantly surprised with the number of high protein coffee beverages that Starbucks has on its menus. However pay attention, because some of your choices can have upwards of 45g of carbs per drink. Make sure you're using your carbs wisely. They're not the enemy, but if you have goals, don't make the mistake of consuming them in exchange for little benefit.


5. Panera

Roasted Turkey & Caramelized Kale Panini, and a Seasonal Greens Salad

Calories: 737   Protein: 32g   Carbs: 78g   Fat: 33g

Panera completes this list with their Roasted Turkey & Carmelized Kale Panini. You're going to get a solid amount of protein with this meal. However, remember that Panera is a bakery first, so go there understanding that most of your meals options will be high carb and plan for it. Micronutrients, volume and feeling full are all crucial to a fit diet. So whenever you can, make sure to eat a side salad or veggies. If you choose a salad, pick their light version of dressing, to avoid consuming calories that don't add to your fullness.