Smart Swaps: Healthy Fast-Food Choices

If you're on a diet or trying to lose weight, you don't have to give up fast food completely. You just have to be careful when ordering. Here, we show you what foods you should avoid and what healthier foods you should eat to save calories and fat at popular fast-food places.

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Put down: Beef 'n Cheddar Max Sandwich

680 calories, 37g fat

Eat up: Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich

210 calories, 8g fat

You save: 470 calories, 29g fat


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Baja Fresh

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Put down: Diablo Shrimp Burrito

1,000 calories, 34g fat

Eat up: Shrimp Baja Ensalada

230 calories, 6g fat

You save: 770 calories, 28g fat


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Mimi's Cafe

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Put down: Roasted Chicken Crepe

1,101 calories, 83g fat

Eat up: Chicken Piccata with Asparagus

587 calories, 34g fat

You save: 514 calories, 49g fat


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Put down: Doublicious with Original Filet

520 calories, 25g fat

Eat up: Honey BBQ Sandwich

320 calories, 3.5g fat

You save: 200 calories, 21.5g fat


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Taco Bell

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Put down: Crunchwrap Supreme

540 calories, 21g fat

Eat up: Fresco Crunchy Taco

150 calories, 7g fat

You save: 390 calories, 14g fat


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Put down: Big Steak Omelette

1,220 calories, 82g fat

Eat up: Simple & Fit Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Omelette with Fresh Fruit

330 calories, 12g fat

You save: 890 calories, 70g fat


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Olive Garden

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Put down: Fettuccine Alfredo

1,220 calories, 75g fat

Eat up: Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

660 calories, 22g fat

You save: 560 calories, 53g fat


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Uno's Chicago Grill

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Put down: A slice of Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza

770 calories, 55g fat

Eat up: A slice of Roasted Eggplant, Spinach, and Feta Thin Crust Pizza

97 calories, 4g fat

You save: 673 calories, 51g fat


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Put down: Bacon Ranch Chicken with Salsa Quesadilla

1,520 calories, 93g fat

Eat up: Guiltless Grill Classic Sirloin

340 calories, 9g fat

You save: 1,180 calories, 84g fat


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Panda Express

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Put down: Beijing Beef

850 calories, 50g fat

Eat up: Broccoli Beef

150 calories, 6g fat

You save: 700 calories, 44g fat


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Applebee's

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Put down: Chicken Fajitas

1,150 calories, 50g fat

Eat up: Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice

380 calories, 5g fat

You save: 770 calories, 45g fat


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Boston Market

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Put down: Meat loaf with mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn bread

1,040 calories, 52g fat

Eat up: Roasted turkey breast with potatoes and fruit salad

350 calories, 6g fat

You save: 690 calories, 46g fat


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Jamba Juice

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Put down: Peanut Butter Moo'd (16 ounces)

470 calories, 10g fat

Eat up: Strawberry Nirvana (16 ounces)

150 calories, 0g fat

You save: 320 calories, 10g fat


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Put down: Regular Prime Rib & Peppercorn Sub

930 calories, 53g fat

Eat up: Low-Cal Choose 2 Duo: Roadhouse Steak Sammie and a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup

405 calories, 8g fat

You save: 525 calories, 45g fat


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Put down: French Toast Slam (French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage)

940 calories, 53g fat

Eat up: Customize the Grand Slam (egg whites, turkey bacon, chicken sausage patty, and wheat pancakes)

546 calories, 15g fat

You save: 394 calories, 38g fat


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Put down: Chicken Club Toaster Sandwich with a small side of tater tots

870 calories, 54g fat

Eat up: Jr. Burger with a side of sliced apple wedges

345 calories, 15g fat

You save: 525 calories, 39g fat


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Olive Garden

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Put down: Garlic-Herb Chicken con Broccoli

960 calories, 41g fat

Eat up: Venetian Apricot Chicken

380 calories, 4g fat

You save: 580 calories, 37g fat


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Outback Steakhouse

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Put down: Fresh Tilapia with Pure Lump Crab Meat served with fresh seasonal veggies (without butter)

563 calories, 29g fat

Eat up: Outback Special Steak, 9 ounces, with fresh seasonal veggies (without butter)

397 calories, 12g fat

You save: 166 calories, 17g fat


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Taco Bell

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Put down: Chicken Ranch Taco Salad

900 calories, 54g fat

Eat up: Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco and a side of Mexican Rice

300 calories, 7.5g fat

You save: 600 calories, 46.5g fat


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Au Bon Pain

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Put down: Chicken Florentine

250 calories, 13g fat

Eat up: Vegetable Beef Barley

140 calories, 3g fat

You save: 110 calories, 10g fat


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Chick-fil-A

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Put down: Chargrilled Chicken Cool Wrap with ranch dressing

570 calories, 29g fat

Eat up: Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with mustard

265 calories, 3g fat

You save: 305 calories, 26g fat


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Dunkin' Donuts

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Put down: Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Bagel

660 calories, 29g fat

Eat up: Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread

280 calories, 6g fat

You save: 380 calories, 23g fat


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Chipotle

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Put down: Chicken burrito (with black beans, corn, cheese, and sour cream)

900 calories, 36g fat

Eat up: 3 hard tacos (with chicken and cheese)

470 calories, 21g fat

You save: 430 calories, 15g fat


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Auntie Anne's

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Put down: Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel

470 calories, 12g fat

Eat up: Raisin Pretzel

360 calories, 5g fat

You save: 110 calories, 7g fat

Originally published in the July 2010, May 2010, April 17, 2010, April 1, 2010, March 2010, February 2010, January 2010, November 2009, October 17, 2009, October 1, 2009, and September 2009 issues of Family Circle magazine.