Healthy Fast Food Options.

Sometimes we don’t have the time to cook and sometimes you need to eat and you need to find something fast. There’s nothing wrong with that. In today’s post I wanted to share with you some of my favourite “fast food” options.  Of course when tackling on a specific weight gain/weight loss goal, its better to be prepared, but ideal foods can be found outside the house if you do your proper research. The following “fast food” choices are based on taste, macronutrient content, the amount of time it takes to order and affordability. Here we go…

 

PHO: This is by far one of my favourite foods in general (fast or not). I opt for a rice dish, which is usually paired with a protein and some vegetables (most likely pickled radish and cucumber). Not in the mood for rice? Try the beef or chicken noodle soup (pho). Not only is the broth rich in minerals, but also the noodles are rice based, making it a great gluten free option.  It’s also worth noting that most pho dishes come with a good amount of mint and basil, which aid in digestion and contain anti-inflammatory properties. Side orders? Try fresh rolls. These are fresh herbs, lettuce and shrimp wrapped in rice paper. A typical meal at a Pho restaurant will usually run you about $10-12.

Pictured here: Fresh Roll platter

Pictured here: Fresh Roll platter

 

Burrito Bowls: I’ve named this "burrito bowls” but we all know that I’m talking about Chipotle. Whenever I’m dealing with a client, I’ll always refer to a burrito bowl from Chipotle as an ideal split of all the macronutrients. You have your rice (carbs), vegetables (fibre and micronutrients), beans (fibre and prebiotic), choice of protein and your fat (guacamole).  A meal at Chipotle will run you about $10-12. Another option is the Taqueria station at Whole Foods, which carries tacos, and burrito bowls as well!

Pictured here: Burrito bowl with rice, chicken, black beans, lettuce, corn, tomato, and guac. 

Pictured here: Burrito bowl with rice, chicken, black beans, lettuce, corn, tomato, and guac. 

 

Jerk Chicken: My next “fast food” option is jerk. I have one routine that I’ve implemented the last while where I’ll get a haircut, workout then have some jerk chicken (there’s a really good jerk place by my barber). Your carb option (rice and peas) makes a complete protein, so you’re already winning.  A typical meal for me at a jerk spot is jerk chicken, coleslaw, rice and peas. Sometimes I’ll get a side of plantain, but that’s for a high carb day. The thing I love about jerk is that its tasty but the herbs and spices used in the seasoning upgrade everything. Things such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger are all beneficial herbs and spices which aid in digestion making this “fast food” top notch.

Pictured here: Jerk chicken, rice and peas, coleslaw.

Pictured here: Jerk chicken, rice and peas, coleslaw.

 

Some notable mentions include, Thai Food and Korean Food. They didint make the list becasue they are good outside options but aren't necessarily "fast". Fast food doesn’t necessarily mean “bad food”. Notice how all my food options here are foods that haven’t been covered in sauce nor has anything been heavily fried.

 

Enjoy!