21 Healthy Twists On Fast Food Favorites

Fast food has a strong pull on the American diet.  It’s convenient, cheap, and addicting.  You can still get the amazing taste of chicken nuggets and fries — but make at home them with whole food ingredients! In the amount of time it takes to get in your car and drive to a fast food joint, wait in line at the drive-thru, and drive home, you’ll have a wholesome, home-cooked meal.  So, fore-go the drive-thru for some healthy twists on fast food favorites, and change your diet for the better!

  • 21 Healthy Twists On Fast Food Favorites 1 of 22

    If you crave the addicting taste of fast food but want to start the year eating well, try one of these healthy fast food recipes!

  • Smoky BBQ Turkey Burger Sliders 2 of 22

    Swap out high-fat beef for lean turkey and decrease portion size with these tasty sliders!

    Get the recipe for Smoky BBQ Turkey Burger Sliders

  • Cumin-Crusted Oven Fries 3 of 22

    Skip the deep fryer and make these healthier oven-baked fries at home! 

    Get the recipe for Cumin-Crusted Oven Fries

  • Gluten-Free Onion Rings 4 of 22

    For those on gluten-free diets, these onion rings will satisfy your major cravings right at home!

    Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Onion Rings

  • Spicy Chicken Sandwiches 5 of 22

    A handful of spices and all-natural chicken breast are all you need to create a fast food copycat sandwich worth staying home for!

    Get the recipe for Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

  • Baked Buffalo Chicken Nuggets 6 of 22

    These kid-approved baked chicken nuggets have a whole grain coating!

    Get the recipe from THE STAY AT HOME CHEF

  • Healthy Strawberry Milkshakes 7 of 22

    Make your own shakes at home with antioxidant-rich frozen strawberries and reduced- fat ice cream or yogurt, and you'll have a sweet treat you won't feel guilty about!

    Get our recipe for Strawberry-Banana Milkshakes from one of our favorite bloggers, Angie McGowan of Eclectic Recipes

  • Fiesta Fried Rice 8 of 22

    Your body deserves healthy whole food, and this fried rice recipe stands well above the grease-laden takeout you've been eating!

    Get the recipe from THE COZY APRON

  • Blackened Salmon Sandwich 9 of 22

    Start the new year right with a blackened salmon sandwich- choosing this over a fried fish fast food lunch is a smart and healthy choice!

    Get the recipe from USE REAL BUTTER

  • Smoked Tofu And Roasted Pepper Pizza 10 of 22

    Make greasy cheese pizza a thing of the past- this healthy pizza is loaded with good-for-you food choices!

    Get the recipe from THE FLEXITARIAN

  • Swiss Chard And Ricotta Cheese Dinner Roll 11 of 22

    Instead of stuffed pizza crust, stay home and add leafy greens to your stuffed dough- you'll get a healthy dose of antioxidants with your meal!

    Get the recipe from ITALIAN CHIPS

  • Chicken Chow Mein 12 of 22

    Fresh, vibrant vegetables make this meal a healthy choice over takeout!

    Get the recipe from MY BARE CUPBOARD

  • Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Drumsticks 13 of 22

    Enjoy crispy chicken without dunking it in hot oil with this simple recipe!

    Get the recipe from HARRELL'S HAVEN

  • Lightened Up Macaroni And Cheese 14 of 22

    Use whole grain pasta and a lower-fat sauce for a perfect, creamy mac and cheese!

    Get the recipe from MY PASSION FOR FOOD

  • Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake 15 of 22

    Avoid heading to the drive-thru for a chocolate shake- this version is healthy, chocolatey, and easy to make!

    Get the recipe from OH MY VEGGIES

  • Easy Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings 16 of 22

    Baking up a batch of buffalo wings is easier than you think- these will disappear in minutes!

    Get the recipe from CLOSET COOKING

  • Baked Vegetarian Eggrolls 17 of 22

    Take a break from fat-laden fast food egg rolls and make your own healthy baked version!

    Get the recipe from SKINNY KITCHEN

  • Broccoli, Cheese, And Potato Soup 18 of 22

    Thick, creamy, and ready in under 30 minutes- this lightened-up soup will hit the spot on a chilly day!

    Get the recipe from SKINNY TASTE

  • Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt 19 of 22

    Multigrain bread and Greek yogurt make this lunch a tasty, healthy choice!

    Get the recipe from THE YUMMY BITS

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Fig Butter And Arugula 20 of 22

    Adding greens to your meals is one health change to commit to this year — go beyond a greasy fast food grilled cheese sandwich, and make this one at home!

    Get the recipe from LEMONS AND ANCHOVIES

  • Maple Butternut Squash Donuts 21 of 22

    Donuts don't have to be a sinful treat- these baked goodies are packed with antioxidants!

    Get the recipe from THE SWEET CHICK

  • Melt-In-Yer-Mouth Vegan Breakfast Biscuits 22 of 22

    Move over Egg McMuffin- this breakfast biscuit is just what your body needs!

    Get the recipe from CHEEKYKITCHEN

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