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Fast food options?

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Created December 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I know your best bet would be a can of sardines from the grocery store, but are there any fast food places (nationwide chains) that offer a meal that could actually be considered a good paleo meal? I was thinking possibly Chipotle's burrito bowl, but don't they use tons of soybean oil? Basically any chain that is considered nationwide.

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on December 08, 2013
at 05:53 AM

Those ready-to-eat chicken are awesome. Grab some raw spinach, kale, or whatever and pour the chicken juice on top. Quick, easy, and tasty.

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Also, the potatoes are freshly cut and deep fried right away, so their french fries are alright as well. I am not sure what oil they use, but since they only deep fry the french fries in it, there won't be any cross contamination with anything else.

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on January 09, 2013
at 09:46 AM

Fries? Some places still use tallow instead of vegetable oil.

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:43 AM

kebab anyone? mmmm

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Sam's Club also has ginormous chickens which are always plump, juicy an tender. Plenty of leftovers to make chicken salad out of!

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:55 PM

^^I had that for lunch today. Delicious!

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I recommend the ones at Whole Foods. Just herbs and salt, no additives at all. You can also get the Naked one which is just chicken.

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Chipolte Carnitas with guacamole. Search for Ghetto Burrito Bowl.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Ketchup? Noes.

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on December 28, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Plus heavy cream.

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Uh, a $4 meal that was butchered that same day? I can't complain too much about that.

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:06 PM

and, they need a better menu. Wouldn't it be great to get an extra order of animal style without the animal? Real grilled veggies grilled in real fat?

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

oh, its not nationwide, so too bad all those other people.

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Wow! Sounds like a heart attack on a, an, er pc of lettuce? Too bad you have to wait in line an hour to get it....not! fast

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:42 PM

It isn't the bad taste of the burgers so much as the fact that I'm probably eating pureed butcher room floor scrapings mixed with enough ammonia and preservatives to give it a shelf life of 10 years.

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on December 11, 2011
at 10:55 PM

The rotisserie chickens at Sam's Club are gluten free, so at least I don't have to worry about gluten when I get one there. When I'm tired and haven't planned well, I would much rather eat one of those chickens than pull into the drive through of a burger joint.

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on December 11, 2011
at 10:54 PM

The rotisserie chicken at Sam's Club are gluten free, so at least I don't have to worry about gluten when I get one there.

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on December 11, 2011
at 07:05 PM

Even if they taste bad, I would still say you are probably better off with the burger. Check the ingredients list of "chicken breast" at major chains, and you will generally find some wheat by-product and other fillers.

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on December 11, 2011
at 06:08 PM

Yeah sorry about that, US chains.

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on December 11, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Carnitas don't have soy. http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx

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on December 11, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Been asked and answered before. And by nationwide I assume US?

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on December 11, 2011
at 12:04 PM

Been asked before. And by nationwide I assume US?

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on December 11, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Been asked and answered before.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:53 AM

I think you're always out of luck if you're concerned about the oils. They're only ever going to use what's cheapest for the company or what the majority of people think is healthy. Then you've got to worry about where the meat came from.

Or you could just not worry, and take paleo to mean making the best decision from the options available.

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on June 01, 2012
at 11:43 AM

kebab anyone? mmmm

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on December 11, 2011
at 12:40 PM

Most of the grocery stores in my area sell a cooked ready to eat rotisserie chicken. This is a good fast food option even though it is not 100% paleo. They usually have a little bit of sugar and possibly some flavor enhancers added to them but if you need dinner in a pinch this is a good option. A rotisserie chicken is much better choice than the pizza and burgers we all used to love.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on December 11, 2011
at 10:55 PM

The rotisserie chickens at Sam's Club are gluten free, so at least I don't have to worry about gluten when I get one there. When I'm tired and haven't planned well, I would much rather eat one of those chickens than pull into the drive through of a burger joint.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on December 11, 2011
at 10:54 PM

The rotisserie chicken at Sam's Club are gluten free, so at least I don't have to worry about gluten when I get one there.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on May 31, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Sam's Club also has ginormous chickens which are always plump, juicy an tender. Plenty of leftovers to make chicken salad out of!

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on May 31, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I recommend the ones at Whole Foods. Just herbs and salt, no additives at all. You can also get the Naked one which is just chicken.

Medium avatar

on December 08, 2013
at 05:53 AM

Those ready-to-eat chicken are awesome. Grab some raw spinach, kale, or whatever and pour the chicken juice on top. Quick, easy, and tasty.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on December 11, 2011
at 05:00 PM

In n out quadruple hamburger, protein style. with ketchup instead of their sauce, it has.... 920 calories, 60 g fat, 23 g carb, 66 g protein.

I know they don't add anything besides meat into their meat, and it costs around $4. Pretty good fast food option if you're in a pinch, and damn tasty. I should add that I've been to their food processing plant, where they make all of the food that is served in their restaurants except for the TX locations. I was very impressed, especially because they get the carcasses in the morning and the burgers are in the restaurants and served the very same afternoon!

It's also nice to eat around other people so they realize you're not a total lunatic when it comes to only eating you're home-prepared grass-fed meats ;)

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Uh, a $4 meal that was butchered that same day? I can't complain too much about that.

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on December 12, 2011
at 05:06 PM

and, they need a better menu. Wouldn't it be great to get an extra order of animal style without the animal? Real grilled veggies grilled in real fat?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

oh, its not nationwide, so too bad all those other people.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on December 12, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Wow! Sounds like a heart attack on a, an, er pc of lettuce? Too bad you have to wait in line an hour to get it....not! fast

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Ketchup? Noes.

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Also, the potatoes are freshly cut and deep fried right away, so their french fries are alright as well. I am not sure what oil they use, but since they only deep fry the french fries in it, there won't be any cross contamination with anything else.

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on December 11, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I just pick some smoked fish or gravlax from grocery store and add it to salad. No bad oils or anything.

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on December 11, 2011
at 01:31 PM

I unfortunately (from a convenience perspective) can't do any "national chain" fast food at all. I think it is the cooking oils and maybe other additives (MSG?) that just destroys my digestion. On long car trips we will often stop at fast food type places for the kids. I used to try to get a grilled chicken sandwich and eat just the chicken and vegetables, but the sauces and spices must all have some kind of nasty crap in them because even that often bothers my stomach. Anything fried or pan-fried is bound to have a big dose of these oils too. And getting a plain, unseasoned and unsauced grilled chicken breast that has probably been frozen for a few months is very unappealing. Instead, I will get a bottle of water and look for beef jerky at a gas station, or just skip the meal(s) completely.

If one of the burger joints had decent burgers that were grilled instead of pan fried, that could be an option. I am getting used to high quality grass fed beef, and Burger King burgers (which are supposed to be grilled, though I think they are actually pre-cooked in a steamer and then grilled just to give them some flavor) taste horrible to me. The beef at McDonald's scares me (Google "pink slime"). The meat at Wendy's seems a little better (not great), but the burgers are fried.

I keep hoping a national chain that serves grilled grass-fed burgers will spring up. Guess I won't hold my breath...

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:42 PM

It isn't the bad taste of the burgers so much as the fact that I'm probably eating pureed butcher room floor scrapings mixed with enough ammonia and preservatives to give it a shelf life of 10 years.

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on December 11, 2011
at 07:05 PM

Even if they taste bad, I would still say you are probably better off with the burger. Check the ingredients list of "chicken breast" at major chains, and you will generally find some wheat by-product and other fillers.

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:52 AM

jeeze. hows about just getting a salad. or the apple slices and a coffee at mcdonalds.

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Try an unwich at Jimmy John's. I prefer the Beach Club as it is mostly veggies and not full of preserved meats like salami. There's conventional mayo in the sandwich, but in a pinch it's fine.

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:52 PM

i eat spring roll wraps or sushi (i eat rice) from publix

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on December 11, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Chipotle carnitas aren't fried in soybean oil! I usually get the salad with pork, guacamole, and salsa. The fajita vegetables are not safe, unfortunately. http://www.chipotle.com/en-US/menu/special_diet_information/special_diet_information.aspx You could also trick them into giving you 3 sides of carnitas if you're feeling gutsy. http://paleohacks.com/questions/20014/have-you-tried-the-ghetto-burrito-bowl-chipotle-menu-hack#axzz1gG7CzOt5

I also like In N Out burger, because I can weasel them into giving me half a pound of hamburger with nothing else but lettuce. I can't find an official statement about what they fry their food in, but google tells me it's cottonseed oil. It's at least tastier than McDonald's brand omega six.

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on December 11, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Wendy's has 3-4 entree type salads. Anemic iceberg lettuce with chicken breast and options like small mandarin orange slices. Decent in a pinch. I wouldn't consider the beef (hamburgers) of any national food chain. "USDA approved" has all the credibility for me of "mail delivered by the exacting professional standards of the USPS."

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on December 11, 2011
at 01:32 PM

If I have to, I'll hit a fast food burger place and order a hamburger, no bun, no condiments, and a side salad, no dressing. I throw them together and it basically works. The ingredients are low quality, but as an occasional fast meal it seems OK.

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on June 01, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Fast food sucks. I'd rather fast until good food becomes available personally. Although there is one exception.. wendy's sweet potato?

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on December 28, 2011
at 01:22 PM

What about stopping at the local grocery store and getting an apple, banana, and some raw almonds. That will fill you.

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on December 28, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Plus heavy cream.

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on December 11, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Hero Burgers

if only they would use beef tallow for the sweet potato fries

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on December 11, 2011
at 06:02 PM

When I have to eat out on the run, I usually try to find a little authentic taco stand. The soft tacos aren't bathed in soy oil, and the portions are pretty decent. You can get one or many tacos, and the beans and rice either aren't offered or they are on the side. There are plenty of healthy toppings like fresh salsa and cilantro to round out the meal.

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on May 24, 2013
at 06:42 PM

If I'm in a hurry, I just get a pre-made salad at the grocery store.

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on March 22, 2013
at 08:29 PM

How about 5 Guys burgers? Anyone know much about them??

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:29 PM

If I have to eat fast food, I normally just go for a salad minus the dressing. I haven't died yet.

Breakfast is a little easier. Lots of places will just give you sides of eggs, bacon, etc. You can also order fruit...McDs has apple slices and grapes. Just skip the yogurt and the candied walnuts.

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:46 PM

The discount grocery store (i.e. Sale A Lot) is faster to get in and out of during lunch time then any of tradition fast food drive thru(s). For I quick lunch I pickup fruit, jerky, and almonds. I everything I need is in the first isle or the check out counter.

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on May 31, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Carl's junior/hardees...you can get any of their burgers on lettuce wraps minus cheese. Awesome taste and paleo friendly

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on December 12, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Burger (ask for lots of veggie toppings, don't eat the bun).

McDonald's chicken breast on salad (ask them to hold the glaze on the chicken and don't eat the croutons.)

Mixed (or not mixed) pre-cut fruit container from produce store or grocery store. Starbucks used to make a good one but they stopped. Be careful, some "fruit salad" mixes could have syrup, avoid those.

Steamed chinese food dishes (of the protein & veggie variety).

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on December 11, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Pollo Loco grilled chicken with their fresh salsas on the side.

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on January 09, 2013
at 08:02 AM

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