Tip of the Day: Better Buck Chow

by Eubie on June 25, 2013

Today’s tip is stolen… sorry, taken from the Tampa Bay Times, and rearranged in such a way as to avoid copyright infringement! Dollar menus at your local fast-food establishment are tempting, so much so that we all get pulled in from time to time, especially when our wallets are racing toward empty. So you want to save time and money, but not at the expense of your waistline? Here are the single best options (taste-, value-, and health-wise) from many of your favorite burger/chicken/taco shacks (NOTE: unless otherwise directed, all items are a buck):

McDonald’s: Fruit-n-Yogurt Parfait, a strawberry-granola-yogurt snack/dessert that’s surprisingly yummy. 160 calories and two grams of fat.

Burger King: Small Onion Rings. Finding these babies anywhere is a little tricky, but here at the B-K, a small will only set you back 150 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Wendy’s: Small Chili ($1.29, 190 calories, six grams of fat). The TB Times is not a fan since the recipe changed, but since this is one of the few places you can get a cup of chili, decent or otherwise, we felt compelled to include it on the list. There are other items getting higher recommendations, especially the Sour Cream and Chive Potato ($1.29, 320 calories, 3.5 grams of fat), but we love us some chili here at the HUB. Love it!

Taco Bell: Grilled Chicken Burrito (89 cents, 440 calories, 20 grams of fat). Yes, yes, a lot of calories and a lot of fat, but this is what gets the top recommendation off of Taco Bell’s extensive discount menu. However, you can reduce the calories and fat if you substitute salsa for the avocado-based dressing it normally comes with.

KFC: Buffalo Snacker Sandwich (99 cents, 240 calories, seven grams of fat). Ladies and Unrepentant Bachelors, we have a winner! Tasty, cheap, and not too tough on the gut! (Psst, we’re admittedly biased as we love all things smothered and covered in Buffalo wing sauce).

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