The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices
"Fresh" has become synonymous with "healthy," and this chain boasts "no freezers, can openers, or microwaves" -- in other words, nothing processed, preheated or reheated. That all sounds great, except that nearly a third of the menu items here will run you 1,000 calories or more. Order from their "Healthy Choice" menu -- which eliminates the edible shells, tortilla strips, and chips -- the fat traps that most people tend to eat once they're put on their plate.Calorie Bombs Breaded Fish Quesadilla
1,400 calories, 770g fat, 38g saturated fat, 170mg cholesterol, 2,350mg sodium
More than half the calories in this entree are from fat (770), and 38 grams of saturated fat is more than twice the maximum amount you want to be digesting in an entire day -- much less in one meal. The red flag here is the word "breaded" -- and the irony is you'll hardly taste it since the fish is buried in a cheesy quesadilla. Avoid this and your heart will pump with pride (and relief).Shrimp Bean & Cheese Burrito
950 calories, 34g fat, 17g saturated fat, 310mg cholesterol, 2,320g sodium
Enchilada Style: 1,580 calories, 74g fat, 36g saturated fat, 385mg cholesterol, 3,770mg sodium
Shrimp and black beans = good. This burrito = bad. It's the size of a linebacker, for one, and if you order the enticing "Enchilado Style" -- melted jack and cheddar on top of the cheese that's already in the burrito, plus nachos and sour cream on the side -- you could find yourself consuming a day's worth of calories (1,580 calories), roughly two days' worth of fat (74 grams) and enough sodium (3,770 mg) to bloat you into the next dress size.Charbroiled Steak Tostada Salad
1,230 calories, 63g fat, 17g saturated fat, 140mg cholesterol, 2,380mg sodium
Be afraid of the word "tostada" -- it involves a whole lot of surface area that's deep fried into an edible shell, designed to be eaten after you consume the steak, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole it will contain. The only actual salad ingredients you'll find in here are some (buried) lettuce and tomato.Healthier Alternatives Charbroiled Shrimp Baja Ensalada
(Without tortilla strips): 193 calories, 1g fat
With romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes, cotija cheese, and pico de gallo, you'll want to opt for the salsa verde. Just make sure you skip the tortilla bowl and those little crispy "strips" on top -- they may look harmless, but they're soaked in fat.Original Baja Taco Chicken
210 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 90mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium
Always look for the word "original," which likely means it was created before the entire restaurant industry overloaded their menus. This relatively lean taco is a good example of fast food done right, and with only 230mg of sodium, it's close to health food in the realm of takeout.Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad
390 calories, 1g fat
This salad has the kind of "stimuli overload" you can love: mango, avocado, cotija cheese, romaine lettuce, chicken, and chipotle vinaigrette. Enough protein, greens, healthy fats, and fruit in a combination that will make you feel like you've indulged, all for less than 400 calories.
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