While not exactly healthy, nor an extensive menu, the regional fast food chain prides itself on the quality of its food. All burgers are made with 100 percent pure beef and are free of additives, fillers and preservatives, according to In-N-Out Burger’s website. Additionally, its American cheese is all real, the potatoes used for the fries are cut in each store, and no food is frozen, microwaved or stuck under a heat lamp. (It’s easy to see why they have a following, right?)
Freshness aside, we wanted to take a look at In-N-Out Burger’s nutritional menu to see if any options would meet our registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield’s healthy guidelines of having less than 500 calories and less than 500 milligrams of sodium, according to the the new daily sodium recommendations. Because the menu is so limited to begin with — and unfortunately the company doesn’t list nutritional facts on its underground “styles” of burger preparation like Monster and Animal — our list is pretty short.
Healthiest Meals at In-N-Out Burger
1. Half a Hamburger with Onion and Half an Order of Fries. You can have a traditional In-N-Out Burger meal; you just have to have less of it. Grab a buddy and split a Hamburger with Onion and an order of fries, and you’ll each have a fast-food meal with 393 calories and 448 milligrams of sodium.
2. Hamburger with Onion Protein Style. Skip the bun and enjoy this hamburger and onion on lettuce for 240 calories and 370 milligrams of sodium. Goes perfect with a cup of iced tea, which has zero calories and zero milligrams of sodium!
With both of these options, remember to hold the condiments! Once you pile those on, the sodium count gets too high.
What’s your favorite meal at In-N-Out Burger?
April 28th, 2011