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How to Make Healthy Fast Food Swaps

Sometimes a girl needs a quick meal on the go! Whether you’re at the airport, on a road trip or booking it back to the office from your lunch break, a bite from a chain may be easy—but it’s rarely the healthiest option. The good news is, as long as you know what you are looking for, you don’t need to sacrifice nutrition for convenience.

Lauren Slayton, founder of, says a few easy tweaks can turn a calorie bomb into a balanced meal. Check out Slayton’s top fast-food trades that slash calories while boosting nutrition to help keep you feeling fueled, energized and fit.


If your usual order is…Chicken Burrito Bowl
Calories: 890
The standard comes with white cilantro-lime rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa, cheese and sour cream.

Order this instead…
1. Switch out white rice for brown rice.
2. Order double fajita veggies and shredded lettuce instead of beans.
3. Ditch the cheese and sour cream, but keep guac and salsa.

Calories: 615
Makeover meal: 275 calories slashed, veggies added, fiber increased

Slayton explains, “In the original order, there were three fats: cheese, sour cream and guacamole. For runners, avocado is full of potassium and fiber, which makes it the best choice. Keep your added fats to one per dish.”

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Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta is the freelance web editor for Women's Running. A freelance journalist, she is the assistant editor at LAVA Magazine and has written for espnW, ELLE, Men's Journal, VICE Sports, Health and more. Find her online at and on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.