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10 High-Protein Fast Food Meals To Keep You Energized

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Protein All the Whey

In today's fast-paced world, finding time to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal three times a day can be a challenge. While most of us probably wouldn't count on fast food chains to deliver a protein-rich meal, some chains offer healthier options that can be nutritious, high in protein, and easy on your wallet. Whether you're on the hunt for a hefty post-workout meal or just looking for a healthier option in general, these high-protein fast food meals are sure to hit the spot. 

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McDonald's: McDouble

Calories: 380 | Protein: 23 grams

Don't sleep on Mickey D's just because it seems unhealthy. Made with two 100% beef patties and topped with melted cheese, the McDouble provides a substantial source of protein to support muscle growth and repair — while helping you stay full and energized. The sesame seed bun and condiments (ketchup, mustard, and pickles) help add flavor and variety to the sandwich. 

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Starbucks Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Starbucks: Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Calories: 230 | Protein: 18 grams

Made with a cage-free egg white patty and reduced-fat turkey bacon, this Starbucks sandwich packs a punch while providing a source of high-quality protein. The reduced-fat cheese and whole grain English muffin add healthy fats and fiber to the mix to make this sandwich a more balanced and nutritious option for anyone hoping to up their protein intake.

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Burger King

Burger King: Whopper (No Mayonnaise)

Calories: 610 | Protein: 35 grams

The Burger King Whopper is another beloved classic that can provide a good source of protein. Comprised of a flame-grilled beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and condiments, the Whopper provides a substantial source of protein post-workout or whenever you're in need of a hefty meal to keep hunger at bay — just be sure to skip the mayonnaise to keep it a tad healthier. 

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Arby's: Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad

Calories: 230 | Protein: 22 grams

Packing the same amount of protein as a McDouble, Arby's doesn't just have the meats — they also know how to make a mean salad. Made with a generous portion of roasted turkey, mixed greens, cheddar cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, and croutons, this salad is tossed in a savory red wine vinaigrette dressing. The greens, cheese, and tomatoes provide a variety of nutrients — including fiber, vitamins, and minerals — while the turkey provides lean protein to help you bulk up and stay energized. 

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Taco Bell: Chicken Fresco Burrito Supreme (Without the Red Sauce)

Calories: 340 | Protein: 19 grams

This scrumptious burrito consists of seasoned all-white meat chicken, warm nacho cheese sauce, crispy red strips, juicy ripe tomatoes, and tangy guacamole all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. With an impressive 19 grams of protein per serving, this burrito is a great choice for those looking to fuel their bodies with protein while still enjoying a satisfying meal.

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Panera Bread: Steak and Arugula Sandwich

Calories: 500 | Protein: 24 grams

Panera's steak and arugula sandwich is as delicious as it is (somewhat) nutritious. Featuring sliced steak, tangy balsamic glaze, and fresh arugula served on a toasted baguette, this meal is a quick and convenient high-protein option that will fill you up. With its generous portion of steak and arugula providing a boost of vitamins and antioxidants, this sandwich is definitely worth a try. 

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Shake Shack: Chicken Dog

Calories: 310 | Protein: 24 grams

If you're thinking: "Yuck, a chicken dog," bear with me for just a second: Shake Shack's chicken hot dog is not only low-carb and high in protein, it's also pretty darn good. Made from 100% antibiotic-free chicken, this hot dog provides a source of lean protein for anyone looking to boost their intake of amino acids. It works for a pre- or post-workout snack, or simply a tasty lunch or dinner. 

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Boston Market: Quarter White Meat Rotisserie Chicken With Steamed Veggies

Calories: 270 | Protein: 43 grams

Made with 100% natural, antibiotic-free chicken, this dish is a rich source of high-quality protein. Boston Market's quarter chicken is slow-cooked on a rotisserie to create juicy, tender meat infused with seasonings and herbs. Rotisserie chicken is also a versatile and affordable option for busy shoppers or anyone looking to cut back on their grocery bill. 

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Wendy's: Apple Pecan Salad

Calories: 450 | Protein: 33.2 grams

This fan-favorite features a mix of crisp greens, juicy red apples, crunchy pecans, and crumbled blue cheese topped with grilled chicken breast for a boost of protein. The combination of fresh, crunchy ingredients and grilled white meat chicken makes this salad a delicious and healthy choice for a post-workout boost.

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Chipotle: Steak Salad Bowl With Fajita Veggies, Guacamole, and Chili-Corn Salsa

Calories: 255 | Protein: 25 grams

Ditch the rice for a bed of leafy greens with this steak bowl from Chipotle. Topped with marinated steak, sautéed fajita veggies, guacamole, and chili-corn salsa, this well-rounded meal will keep you full and satisfied throughout the day. The steak provides a rich source of lean protein, while the fajita veggies serve to add a burst of flavor and nutrients. Yum on all accounts.