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Healthy Meals to Order at Steak 'n Shake

Whether you're craving a hearty breakfast, a burger, nuggets or a salad, we have the best bets for your waistline when ordering at Steak 'n Shake.

It's easy to underestimate the nutritional prowess of Steak 'n Shake. After all, the chain is famous for its premium burgers and shakes — not exactly dishes synonymous with eating well or weight loss.

But the burger chain does have some healthy menu items hiding amongst its trans-fat-laced burgers and 1,000+ calorie shakes, you just have to dig a bit to find them—and that's exactly what we did.

Whether you're craving a hearty breakfast, a burger, nuggets or a salad, rest assured that we've found some of the very best nutritional bets for your waistline. This way, all you have to do is place your order and enjoy your meal.

All of our Steak 'n Shake nutrition picks have 400 calories or less and serve up reasonable amounts of sodium, sugar, and fat. Refer back to this list each time you dine at Steak 'n Shake to strip away belly fat and stay on the fast track to the body you've always wanted.

Best Breakfast

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Two Potato 'n Egg Tacos with a Side of Applesauce

Calories 330
Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Sodium 240 mg
Carbs 31 g
Protein 8 g

Steak 'n Shake's Egg 'n Cheese Biscuit sandwich packs nearly a day's worth of saturated fat, while the Sausage 'n Egg Biscuit has more sodium than 62 Funyuns. For a fraction of the calories, fat and salt, you can start your morning off right with two Potato 'n Egg breakfast tacos (which come with a delicious fresh salsa) and a side of applesauce.

Best Burger

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Single Steakburger, no cheese or fries

Calories 280
Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Sodium 310 mg
Carbs 30 g
Protein 12 g

In the restaurant word "specialty" means excess calories and fat, and that rule certainly holds true at Steak 'n Shake. Steer clear of the chain's Specialty Steakburgers—the souped-up options with extra fixings—and order the Single Steakburger instead. It's the only burger on the menu that isn't laced with trans fat—the dangerous man-made chemical that has been shown to increases the odds of dying from any cause by up to 24 percent. Word of warning: Make sure your server holds the cheese. That's where the trans-fat appears to be hiding out.

Best Combo

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Chipotle Steakburger Shooter and a Small Garden Salad with Zesty Italian Dressing (with 1 ounce dressing)

Calories 285
Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Sodium 845 mg
Carbs 23 g
Protein 8 g

If a cheese-free burger sounds less than delectable, opt for a spicy, dairy-topped Chipotle Shooter. It's small enough that it carries less than a half-gram of trans fat (which is why the chain can claim it's free of the additive), which isn't ideal, but better than the bigger, more fat-laden alternative. Add on a small garden salad to round out and boost the satiety factor of your meal.

Best Chicken

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Chicken Fingers (3), no fries

Calories 370
Fat 20 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 920 mg
Carbs 26 g
Protein 21 g

Okay, so chicken nuggets aren't exactly a health food, but if you're in the mood for fried chicken, picking this over the chain's spicy fried chicken sandwich will save you 90 calories and 300 milligrams of sodium.

Best Sandwich

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich, no fries

Calories 370
Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Sodium 980 mg
Carbs 51 g
Protein 25 g

Though this chicken-, veggie- and mayo- packed sandwich is lacking in the fiber department, its mega protein content is sure to keep you satiated until your next meal. This sandwich also serves up 60 percent of the day's iron, a supernutrient that most of us, particularly women, don't get enough of. Being short on iron slows your calorie burn, zaps your energy and makes it more difficult to fight off germs.

Best Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette (with 1 ounce dressing)

Calories 320
Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 3.5 g
Sodium 1,020 mg
Carbs 42 g
Protein 26 g

Opting for this bed of greens over the chain's Taco Salad with Grilled Chicken will save you 270 calories and nearly 33 grams of heart-harming fat. It's filled with grilled chicken, lettuce, carrots, red cabbage, tomatoes (one of our favorite healthy foods that comes with a laundry list of benefits), Cheddar-jack cheese, croutons and your choice of dressing. We like the Berry Balsamic variety because it's low in calories and sodium, but still provides a sweet and satisfying flavor.

Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more about Dana Leigh