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5 healthful drive thru options

There are those days when obligations at work, home, and in the community make it nearly impossible to find the time to whip up a healthy meal for dinner. And sometimes, you just need to put your feet up and relax after a hard day. During times like these, you need to listen to your body and take a break.

But what about dinner? Fast food take out is an option, but isn’t it unhealthy?

Not necessarily. Sure there are plenty of high fat, high sodium meals on the fast food menus, but if you know what to look for, you can find healthy options as well. Here is our list of five healthy take out options you can find at fast food chains right here in Spokane.

Veggie Power Menu Bowl from Taco Bell

The veggie power bowls pack 12g of healthy protein due to the beans. Add in the fiber and zero trans fats, and these bowls will keep your stomach satisfied throughout the day, while still satisfying a quick Mexican fix with guacamole, reduced fat sour cream, seasoned rice and cheese. Add Jalapeño peppers for a low-cal extra kick.

Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens from Starbucks

This combo of chicken, black beans, quinoa, sweet corn, tomatoes, jicama and Cotija cheese with a chile vinaigrette brings out some strong Southwestern flavors, while pulling in a hearty serving of veggies and an impressive 27 grams of protein. Add an iced americano or iced green tea to fuel your afternoon!

Dick’s Classic Hamburger

Really craving that Whammy? Consider starting with a classic hamburger or cheeseburger - the same classic Dick’s flavor, while staying a little lower on the calorie side. When healthy feels tough - aim towards simpler items on the menu!

Impossible Burger (without mayo) from Burger King

With this flame-grilled patty, you’ll never know that you aren’t eating meat. This plant-based burger tastes just like the real thing. Cut the mayo to limit saturated fats and extra calories. This vegetarian option will please both those on a plant-focused diet and meat-eaters.

Burrito Bowl (without rice or guacamole) from Chipotle

These customizable bowls are packed with protein. Substitute shredded lettuce for rice, and you have yourself a Southwestern-style salad. Chipotle is known for its sustainable and organic practices, so you know you’ll be getting meat with no additives or pesticides.

Learn More About Healthy Take Out Options

There is plenty more information about healthy meals, recipes, and plant-focused diets on our website. Read more articles or find a care center near you today.

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