Talking about fast food and Paleo food together might not sound right to you. Fast food includes burgers, sodas, sugar filled beverages, French fries, milkshake, which you want to avoid at all cost in your Paleo diet. If you follow a Paleo diet then you would never want to enter a fast food shop or restaurant and you would never want to stray from your perfect diet. But sometimes it is not possible for us to stay on our Paleo diet. Mostly, people that find little time to prepare lunch or are on a trip outside traveling with only fast food chains on the road, find it difficult to follow their Paleo diet.
Whatever the reasons might be, you don’t have to leave your Paleo diet for sugar and potatoes. This article will guide you what items you can find on fast food restaurants that can fit into your Paleo diet.
Some Important Pointers
Searching for right amount of Protein in fast foods will be easier if you will follow some pointers:
- First make a list of restaurants within your reach. If you have multiple fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC in your reach, take their menus and compare all of them in one place.
- We provide simple overview of the different meals and their nutritional value. Unlike other sites, you will find the items in one place.
- Advance readings give you better options of what to avoid like Protein value.
What We Are Looking For?
Let’s see what we are looking for. It is not possible to find quality carbohydrates in a typical food at fast food restaurants, so let’s look at quality fish and meat. In this article, the data will be divided in Sodium, Sugars and Trans Fat column. Here all the restaurants will be compared to shed light on which are best for you. Protein/100 kcal will be used for sorting here that will give you a clear idea.
Best Paleo Choices
Here are the best Paleo choices for you pick out from the top results of some fast food chains:
Grilled Chicken Nuggets (Chick-fil-A)
- Protein 23 grams
- Fat 3 grams
- Calories 140
- Carbohydrate 4 grams
This meal is lacking in quality with more carbohydrates and fat than we expect. However, it is little similar to what we cook at home. Carbs are high because of 1g of sugar and the sodium value is obviously high. Though, still good enough to eat in Paleo diet.
Original Recipe Chicken Breast (KFC) with no breading or skin
- Protein 29 grams
- Fat 2 grams
- Calories 130
- Carbohydrate 0 gram
This meal is similar to the chicken you buy from supermarket when comparing the nutrition values, just avoid the breading or skin on the chicken. Here, the sodium value is high which means you should avoid consuming more salt during the day.
Asian Cashew Chicken Salad (Wendy’s) with no dressing or cashews
- Protein 33 grams
- Fat 4 grams
- Calories 210
- Carbohydrate 13 grams
Talking about a food product from Wendy’s this is the best you can get, even when knowing it contains 5g of sugar.
Baked Cod Meal (Long John Silver’s)
- Protein 36 grams
- Fat 1 gram
- Calories 160
- Carbohydrate 1 gram
This is what we expect from a baked cod no matter where you look. Only problem with it is with the sodium which is present in high amount but considering it is a fast food item, this is the cost that comes with it or any other menu to be persistent.
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad (McDonald’s) with Grilled Chicken and no dressing
- Protein 29 grams
- Fat 8 grams
- Calories 220
- Carbohydrate 8 grams
This meal contains no Trans Fats but you will get high amount of sugar (4 grams) and sodium but like Wendy’s though it is not the best Paleo food for you but it is the best you can get from McDonalds.