Whether you’re a fan or not, fast food in America is here to stay. Fast food will always be there to satisfy those cravings in times of low budgets, munchies, and nostalgia. Ignoring the issue of nutrition (or lack thereof), many people would agree that fast food can be delicious and even necessary at times. The classic "burger, fries, and a Coke" shall always be known as a great meal.
However, change happens, and that especially includes fast food in 2017. As the demand for healthier options grows, more and more fast food restaurants are adding all-natural items and expanding their low-calorie menus. Salads and vegetarian items are becoming more popular, while meal portions are shrinking. Some fast food chains have even rebranded themselves to attract the "weight-watchers" and concerned parents.
Fortunately for junk food fanatics, these restaurant chains are still creating new fast food items with all the yummy calories included. In 2017, customers can expect to see creative combinations stuffed in a bun or wrapped in a tortilla. Vote for the fast food items you can’t wait to eat this year, and make sure to wipe off that drool while reading the list.
Panera Bread Removes Artificial Ingredients From Menu
Say bye-bye to artificial ingredients – starting in January 2017, every time you bite into a Panera Bread panini it’ll be all natural. The company announced in 2016 they were switching their ingredients to all-natural, but officially made the change in the new year. According to the company, all Panera Bread locations in the US are now "100 percent clean."
Taco Bell’s Chicken Chalupa Puts The Chicken On The Outside
Taco Bell announced it will offer the Naked Chicken Chalupa nationwide starting January 26. This innovative taco invention uses a slice of chicken as the taco shell. The chicken shell is fried and marinated in Mexican spices, and is reminiscent of KFC’s Double Down.
McDonald’s Goes Big With The Grand Mac
McDonalds is adding two new Big Macs in 2017 – an even bigger version and an even smaller one. The Grand Mac is a bigger version of the Big Mac, weighing one-third pound and featuring all the same Bic Mac toppings, just more of them. They also announced the Mac Jr. which is essentially just a Big Mac without the middle bun. The smaller option will only set you back 460 calories, as compared to a Big Mac that’s 540 calories.