15 Healthier Fast Foods for All Your Weekend Cravings

Do you get in the mood for pizza and drinks as soon as the weekend rolls around?

It’s not because you follow a diet for health reasons, that you no longer get cravings. But burgers and fries, hot dogs and milkshakes have a bad rep for a reason.

Fast food is high in calories, salt and fat content (and not the good kind). The trans fats in fried foods raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol in your blood, putting you at double risk for heart disease. What’s more, highly processed foods that are low in vitamins and fibers cause harmful spikes in your blood sugar levels, which contributes to the development of diabetes.

The solution? Making healthier versions of your favourite fast food.

Ok, the recipes below are not as fast as throwing snacks in the deep-frier, and they definitely require more effort than ordering take-out. But you can enjoy healthified ‘fast’ food without getting stomach aches, bloating or worse chronic illness symptoms from ditching your diet. Plus, you can easily adapt them to suit your eating style, whether that’s vegetarian, gluten-free or keto.

No matter if you’re craving a good shawarma, fish and chips or a soft serve ice cream, check out these 15 healthier fast food recipes for all your weekend cravings! 

BBQ Jackfruit Pulled ‘Pork’ Burger from Bianca Zapatka

Healthier Fast Food: BBQ Jackfruit 'Pulled Pork' Burger from Bianca Zapatka | The Health Sessions

 

Nachos Supreme with Walnut Chorizo from Feasting at Home

Healthier Fast Food: Nachos Supreme with Walnut Chorizo from Feasting at Home | The Health Sessions

 

Loaded Mediterranean Street Fries from Pinch of Yum

Healthier Fast Food: Loaded Mediterranean Street Cart Fries from Pinch of Yum | The Health Sessions

 

Baked Chicken Shawarma (Vegan Adaptable) from Feasting at Home

Healthier Fast Food:Baked Chicken Shawarma (Vegan Adaptable) from Feasting at Home | The Health Sessions

 

Blackened Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce from Foodie Crush

Healthier Fast Food: Blackened Fish Tacos from FoodieCrush | The Health Sessions

 

Taco Style Veggie Dogs from Emilie Eats

Healthier Fast Food: Taco Style Veggie Dogs from Emilie Eats | The Health Sessions

 

Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets from Unbound Wellness

Healthier Fast Food: Paleo Crispy Chicken Nuggets from Unbound Wellness | The Health Sessions

 

Delicious Zucchini Pizza Crust Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen

Healthier Fast Food: Delicious Zucchini Pizza Crust from Ambitious Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

Greek Turkey Burgers (+ Tzatziki Sauce) from FoodieCrush

Healthier Fast Food: Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce from FoodieCrush | The Health Sessions

 

Healthy Oven Baked Fish and Chips from Simple Healthy Kitchen

Healthier Fast Food: Healthy Oven Baked Fish and Chips from Simple Healthy Kitchen | The Health Sessions

 

Falafel Sandwich with Yoghurt Tahini Sauce from The Awesome Green

Healthier Fast Food: Falafel Sandwich with Yogurt Tahini Sauce by The Awesome Green | The Health Sessions

 

Easy Sweet Potato Flatbread Tuna Pizza from The Tortilla Channel

Healthier Fast Food: Sweet Potato Flatbread Tuna Pizza from The Tortilla Channel | The Health Sessions

 

Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream from Half Baked Harvest

Healthier Fast Food: Creamy Chocolate Soft Serve Avocado Ice Cream by Half Baked Harvest | The Health Sessions

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Milkshake from Simply Quinoa

Healthier Fast Food: Healthy Peanut Butter Milkshake from Simply Quinoa | The Health Sessions

 

Banana Cherry Garcia Soft Serve from Simple Veganista

Healthier Fast Food: Banana Cherry Garcia Soft Serve from The Simple Veganista | The Health Sessions

Do you ever make healthier fast food, and what’s your go-to recipe?

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01/01/2017
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