Usually if you find yourself looking for vegan fast food you will be disappointed. But here are 5 fast food meals that will surprise you!
I hate fast food. How can something be good for you when it is so processed and prepared by people who are generally unhappy and underpaid? I don’t think it can be. But sometimes you find yourself looking for vegan choices. This can happen accidentally when you are traveling or when you have a craving you can’t control. Yes, I occasionally have fast food cravings, I admit it.
Looking for vegan fast food is like looking for ethics in congress. It’s there somewhere but it’s really hard to find. I can tell you that your breakfast options will be nearly impossible. It will depend on what restaurant options you have near you. Finding a vegan fast food meal for lunch is much easier. Allow me to be your guide and share with you 5 vegan fast food options you may not have know existed.
5 Vegan Fast Food Meals
I’m sure there are other options out there at different fast food restaurants. But these 5 choices come from personal experience. If you are interested in more we did an article a couple of months back that detailed 11 fast food recommendations for vegans. It was based more on which places are easier to order vegan options from. This article is about specific vegan fast food meals. You can read the other article here.
1. Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers Pizza
This is a simple, straight from the menu vegan meal. Just make sure they don’t put cheese or butter on it and you are good to go. I should also mention Domino’s Pizza also has a veggie pizza and they offer a gluten free crust as well. (I researched the Domino’s gluten free crust when they first came out with it and it was vegan. I see now they have added honey to the ingredient list. Since I know a ton of vegans that eat honey I am leaving it in this article. But technically it is not vegan)
5 Vegan Fast Food Meals
1A. Papa John’s Veggie Pizza
The original hand tossed crust at Papa John’s is vegan and so is their sauce. Just order your pizza without any cheese and you should be good to go. Their veggie options are ok but not amazing. I always put them all on mine with double mushrooms and double pineapple. As a bonus, their garlic dipping sauce is also vegan. No, it isn’t healthy for you but it is vegan. And it makes the pizza even more delicious in my opinion.
On the next page we get into some Mexican and Chinese fast food options. There are some really good ones out there since Mexican and Chinese are the easiest foods to make vegan to begin with. Find out how to eat vegan fast food at more places on the next page below.
Chipotle has been on the cutting edge of fast food for years. They even went non-gmo which made a lot of people happy. The a lot of negative reports about their non-gmo practices started coming out and the public went negative on them. And of course that had some recall issues as well. All I can say is this is fast food. It’s going to happen. So if you are going to eat fast food just consider it part of the process.
The great thing about Chpotle is not only do they have several menu items you can make vegan with a couple of changes, they also have a vegan menu item you can order ‘as is.’ When the Chipotle Sofrita news came out that they were vegan a lot of people lost their minds. Vegans everywhere were flooding Chipotle. I’ll admit I had a few of them myself.
2. Chipotle’s Sofritas
When Chipotle’s added this to their menu earlier in the year the internet exploded so you have probably already heard of it. I can tell you it is quite delicious if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s also very large and very filling. I know some of my friends can’t eat a whole one so it’s two meals for them.
You can find Chinese restaurants in nearly every town in America. Even small towns of 2000 people will often have a Chinese restaurant. This is really good for vegans because there are a lot of dishes you can make vegan at the Chinese restaurant. This applies to most chains and independent restaurants.
3. Chinese Restaurants Like P.F Changs or others
You have a ton of vegan choices here. Veggie Spring Rolls, Veggie Dumplings, Tofu Dishes like Tofu ‘pork’ or ‘chicken, Vegetable Soup, Tofu Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, General Tso’s Tofu, Moo Shu Vegetables, Sweet and Sour Tofu, Orange Tofu, Kung Pao Tofu, Veggie Chow Mein. You just need to ask some questions before ordering.
- What is in the soup stock or soup broth
- Are there any eggs in it
- Does it contain milk or butter
- Is it cooked in the same oil as meat products
Jamba Juice is a well recognized brand, especially on the west coast. I will throw in to this one that other parts of the country have similar kinds of restaurants. I know in the south we have a smoothie store called Tropical Smoothie. You can get a ton of vegan smoothies if you order them right, and they even have Beyond Meat vegan chicken for their wraps. You can substitute it in several of their menu options. And remember to ask for no cheese.
This choice isn’t really a healthy one either but man is it delicious. This vegan menu item is so good you will want to eat even more of it. But just try to contain yourself. Have you ever tried the Apple Cinnamon Pretzel?
4. Apple Cinnamon Pretzel at Jamba Juice
You probably already love the vegan smoothies at Jamba Juice. You may not know the the mind blowing Apple Cinnamon Pretzel is vegan. If you have a sweet tooth craving to satisfy, this is a good choice.
Vegan Fast Food For Truckers is on the next page below.