These Are Chick-Fil-A's Two Lowest-Sodium Foods, According To A Dietitian

Known for their waffle fries, addicting lemonade, and finger-lickin' chicken nuggets, Chick-fil-A is quickly becoming an American fast food staple. That's no surprise, as everything on their menu from the ranch dressing to the warm chocolate chip cookies are freaking delicious!

Compared to other fast food chains like McDonald's, Carl's Jr., and even sandwich chains like Subway, Chick-fil-A has a big advantage: their menu is overall pretty healthy. This is huge for customers, especially those who are trying to mind what they eat, but still want to get their fast food fix every now and then.

When you think of Chick-fil-A, what comes to mind? Maybe an eight-count nuggets with a medium fry? If you were to order that, it would cost you 670 calories, which isn't terrible considering a Big Mac from McDonald's alone is 550 calories (via the Chick-fil-A and McDonald's websites). However, if a near 700 calorie meal isn't exactly what you're looking for, opt for a small fry which will cut your calorie intake down by 100. Or, try one of Chick-fil-A's salads, all of which are under 550 calories.

In case you're looking for something even healthier off the Chick-fil-A menu, here are the chain's two lowest-sodium foods, according to dietitians.

Good news! You can still order nuggets

Unsurprisingly, Chick-fil-A's Greek yogurt parfait with granola is one of the healthiest items on the menu, with a sodium intake of 100 mg, registered dietitian Summer Yule, MS, RDN, told Eat This, Not That!. "This item is a little higher in sugars (23 grams per serving) than a savory dish, but that is mostly due to the fruit and the dairy in this item," she said. Likewise, the parfait has 13 grams of protein and meets the FDA standard of a low-sodium food.

The second lowest-sodium food you can order at Chick-fil-A is the eight-count grilled nuggets. It has a ton of protein — 25 grams — and only 440 mg of sodium. For reference, Chick-fil-A's website reveals an eight-count of traditional nuggets has 27 grams of protein and 1,210 mg of sodium, yikes. With a sodium count this low, you can still indulge in your favorite dipping sauce, just be aware each condiment has its own nutritional information as well.

Lead nutritionist at Fresh n' Lean, Ysabel Montemayor, MS, RDN, told Eat This, Not That! that the grilled nuggets are an excellent source of lean protein. To keep it healthy, she recommends swapping out the waffle fries for a fruit cup.