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Everyone nowadays pretty much lives an on the go life. Rushing the kids to day care, play dates, games and practices, a lot of us are guilty of just swinging in to the drive thru. We try and make the healthy choice for our kids, but sometimes not even the healthy choice is really all that healthy. Here are a few of the worst healthy fast food choices for kids and what to pick instead.

Chick-Fil-A offers the Grilled Nuggets Kids’ Meal with six chunks of chicken, waffle fries and chocolate milk. All told the meal has 570 calories, 19 grams of fat and four grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,150 milligrams of sodium and 23 grams of sugar. The average child’s daily allowance for sodium is anywhere between 15 hundred and 23 hundred  milligrams per day. Instead, pick the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with honey barbecue sauce and a large fruit cup. This meal has 420 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of saturated fat. There is also some actual nutrition value with this meal. It has 10 grams of fiber, some calcium, and vitamin A. It also provides all of a your child’s vitamin C for the day.

McDonald’s Cheeseburger Happy Meal with fries, apple slices and milk sounds more healthy, but it still contains 520 calories, 20 grams of fat, eight grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 920 milligrams of sodium and 22 grams of sugar. Instead pick the four piece chicken mcnuggets with barbecue sauce and a fruit and yogurt parfait. It has 390 calories, 14 grams of fat, three grams of saturated fat, 18 percent of your child’s daily calcium and some vitamin C.

Sonic Kids Junior Burger Meal includes the burger, apple juice, and apple slices with dipping sauce packs 550 calories, 17 grams of fat, six grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 715 milligrams of sodium and 42 grams of sugar, which is more sugar than two Twinkies combined. Instead, pick the corn dog (210 calories) or the chicken strips (200 calories) with skim milk and apple slices and skip the dipping sauce. You’ll save on calories, fat and sugar and add calcium and vitamin C.

The best one on the list is the Burger King’s Hamburger Kids Meal with skim milk and apple slices has 380 calories, 10 grams of fat, four grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 615 milligrams of sodium and 24 grams of sugar.

Subway also offers kids meals that rank pretty high on the health scale for fast food. A mini turkey sandwich on wheat with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, skim milk and raisins. It has 390 calories, eight grams of fat, four grams of saturated fat, five grams of fiber and 140 milligrams of calcium. You can also save a few calories and fat by skipping the cheese.

If you’re on the road with your kids and stop for fast food, do you try and stick with healthy options?

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