Eleven Best Fast Food Post-Workout Snacks
Under 200 Calories


Some protein bars can be more like candy bars, providing sugar and fillers rather than actual healthy nutrition. While a fast food restaurant may not be the best choice for a quick bite after your workout, these options are good. They provide protein, carbohydrates and, most of all, satisfaction for fewer calories than a Snickers bar.


Best in-hand option
    No time to use utensils? A Starbucks latte gives you a dose of protein and carbohydrates to refuel.



1.   Starbucks
Skim Latte (Grande)
130 calories
19 grams carbohydrates
13 grams of protein

See other options at Starbucks:

Cold Drinks (Tall) Calories Fat (g)
Caramel Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee 130 1
Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Coffee 180 2.5
Shaken Tazo® Iced Passion® Tea (unsweetened) 0 0
Shaken Tazo® Iced Black Tea Lemonade 100 0
Nonfat Iced Vanilla Latte 120 0
Nonfat Iced Caramel Machiato 140 1
Iced Coffee (with classic syrup) 60 0
Iced Skinny Latte 60 0
Hot Drinks (Tall) Calories Fat (g)
Brewed Coffee 5 0
Brewed Tazo® Tea 0 0
Nonfat Tazo® Green Tea Latte 150 0
Nonfat Cappuccino 60 0
Nonfat Caffè Latte 100 0
Nonfat Caramel Machiato 140 1
Soy Tazo® Chai Tea Latte 170 2
Nonfat Caffè Mocha – hold the whip 170 2
Skinny Vanilla Latte 90 0
Steamed Apple Juice 170 0
Nonfat Vanilla Crème – hold the whip 150 0
Caffè Americano 10 0



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Find out why this is a perfect post-workout snack.

Best breakfast option
     If you work out in the morning, this wrap will get much-needed protein to your muscles.

2.  Dunkin' Donuts
Egg White and Cheese Wake-Up Wrap
150 calories
13 grams carbohydrates
8 grams protein

See other options at Dunkin' Donuts:

English Muffin 160
gingerbread cookie 140
small(16 oz) Coffee Coolatta with skim milk 210
Egg White and Cheese and Bacon Wake-Up Wrap 170
Egg White and Cheese and Ham Wake-Up Wrap 160
Egg and Cheese Wake-Up Wrap 180
Soups and Salads
Brocolli Cheddar Soup (8 oz) 190
Chicken Noodle Soup (8 oz) 130
Garden Salad 180


Best open 'till 2 a.m. option
     For the night owl, Taco Bell has a Fresco menu that offers a few low-cal options that pack a good amount of protein.

3.  Taco Bell
Fresco Crunchy Taco
150 calories
13 carbohydrates
7 grams of protein

See other options at Taco Bell:

Serving Size Calories
Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco 128 g. 160
Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco 135 g. 170
Fresco Soft Taco 113 g. 180
Mexican Rice 85 g. 130
Pintos 'n Cheese 128 g. 170
Mini Quesadilla 60 g. 190
Chicken Soft Taco 99 g. 190


Best drive-thru hand held
     Wipe the sweat from your brow and cool off with this chocolately boost of protein and moderate amount of carbs. Men's Health swears by the muscle building power of chocolate milk.

4.  Burger King
1% Chocolate Low-Fat Milk
180 calories
31 grams carbohydrates
9 grams protein

See other options at Burger King:

Calories Carbs Protein
Fat free Milk 100 14 g. 10 g.
MINUTE MAID® Orange Juice 140 33 g. 2 g.
MINUTE MAID® Apple Juice 100 23 g. 0 g.


Best high protein option
    Even though this isn't under 200 calories it's very close. And it has a commendable amount of protein and slow-acting good carbs in the form of beans.

5.  Wendy's
Small Chili
220 calories
22 grams carbohydrates
18 grams of protein

See other options at Wendy's:

Calories Carbs Protein
4-piece Chicken nuggets, Kids' Meal 180 10 g. 9 g.
Jr. Hamburger 230 26 g. 12 g.


Best filling sandwich option for early risers
     This sandwich will keep you filled up through to lunch. You can even add some veggie toppings for some more vitamins.

6.  Subway

Black Forest Ham, Egg and Cheese English Muffin
180 calories
18 grams of carbohydrates
15 grams of protein

See other options at Subway:

Calories Carbs Protein
Egg and Cheese Muffin Melt 170 18 g. 13 g.
Steak, Egg and Cheese Muffin Melt 190 19 g. 16 g.
Western, Egg and Cheese Muffin Melt 180 19 g. 15 g.
Black Forest Ham, Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt 160 18 g. 15 g.
Double Bacon, Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt 190 18 g. 16 g.
Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt 140 18 g. 12 g.
Steak, Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt 170 19 g. 16 g.
Western, Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt 160 19 g. 15 g.


Best sides as a snack option, plus a high-protein treat
     These side dishes are perfect post-workout snacks, combining good carbs and an excellent amount of protein with low-calories.

7.  KFC
Red Beans With Sausage and Rice
160 calories
26 grams of carbohydrates
24 grams of protein

8.  KFC
Macaroni and cheese
180 Calories
20 grams carbohydrates
6 grams protein

9.  KFC
2 grilled chicken drumsticks
160 calories
0 carbohydrates
20 grams of protein

See other options at KFC:

November 7, 2010   When I went to KFC's nutrition page on the web, the file was corrupted and not available for research at this time.




Best protein splurge option
     Remember your childhood with these crispy little bites. While this a higher fat option, this little treat has a good amount of protein for satiety.

10.  McDonald's
4 piece Chicken McNuggets
190 calories
11 grams carbohydrates
10 grams protein

See other options at McDonald's:

Calories Carbs Protein
Premium Southwest Salad (without chicken) 140 20 6
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad (without chicken) 140 10 9
Snack size Fruit and Walnut Salad 210 31 4
English Muffin 160 27 5
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (7 oz) 160 31 4
Vanilla Reduced fat ice cream cone 150 24 4



Best sweet treat option
     For when you need a sweet fix. Plus, who doesn't get great joy out of eating one of these!

11.  Carvel
Low-Fat Vanilla Flying Saucer
190 calories
35 grams of carbohydrates
4 grams of protein

See other options at Carvel:

Calories Carbs Protein
Low-Fat Chocolate Flying Saucer 190 34 4



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