When life gets busy, and you find yourself with a short dining window, fast food often becomes a go-to option. But not all fast-food venues have golden arches and high-calorie menu items. Here are three of my favorite places where food is not only quick, it's also good for you. Why settle for less?
Maoz Vegetarian (food court inside Town Center at Boca Raton): This vegetarian Mediterranean fast-food company specializes in crispy falafels—small fried chickpea balls that resemble the look of meatballs. Maoz serves them either in a pita bread or on top of a salad with a choice of several side dishes and sauces (pictured below). These falafels boast only 50 calories per piece; they're loaded with protein and fiber. To make the deal even sweeter, Maoz also serves a variety of green juices, so you can get an extra nutritional punch.
4th Generation Organic Market & Cafe (75 S.E. Third St.): This is one of my all-time favorite places in Boca. Here you will find a wide selection of prepared foods in the deli section ranging from raw vegan pizzas to hot organic chicken lasagna and gooey gluten-free brownies. Best of all, everything here is organic and non-gmo, so order guilt-free. If you are pressed for time, try one of the green superfood smoothies. Z-Tip: Ask for samples, that way you're not surprised by a selection; the employees are happy to help. My favorite picks here are mushroom veggie burgers, raw salad and coconut/chocolate squares.
Chipotle (2301 Glades Road): For those craving healthy Mexican food, try Chipotle (there are three Boca locations and one in Delray). It is the only fast-food chain that offers humanely-raised animal protein and a few organically-grown vegetables. When I am in the mood for Mexican, I usually order a salad with black beans, brown rice, salsa, non-gmo chili corn and guacamole. This plant-based combination makes for a delicious and satisfying meal and because it is packed with good carbs, healthy fats, protein, potassium and vitamins—a good boost to get you over that 3 p.m. energy slump.