Paleo Fast Food Choices! – Mind Over Munch

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(bright music) – Hey munchies, welcome. If you’re new, I’m Alyssia, and I am stoked to have you here. So last year we did a vegan fast food choices and a general healthier choices at fast food restaurants video.

You guys seemed to love them, but I had a lot of requests for a Paleo edition, so here it is. In case you’re not familiar with the specifics of a Paleo diet, there is quite a bit of debate over some of the nitty gritty details of what’s a yes or a no food.

So some allow grass-fed dairy, some allow sweeteners, some allow bacon, and some don’t. Whatever. But here is the generalized list for your reference. Feel free to pause the video to review. (whimsical music) So let’s just begin by saying that fast food technically is not Paleo.

It pretty much contradicts the whole philosophy behind the lifestyle. It’s highly processed, it’s pretty much junk food, and it’s definitely not what our ancestors ate or what we are best suited to be eating.

But, sometimes life happens and we have to find something to eat at a fast food restaurant, or maybe that never happens to you, and if that’s the case, then great. Stop watching this video now before you feel inclined to leave a nasty comment, because guess what? We don’t need that negativity in this community.

I’m not telling you what to eat, what to not eat, or telling you how much to eat. Literally, all I’m doing is showing you a list of some fast food restaurants and some as-close-as-we-can-get-to-Paleo options with the macros.

If you need more or less food, eat more or less food. That being said, if you are on a Paleo diet and wanting to eat fast food, just recognize up front you’re gonna have to make some compromises. It might be wise to treat those fast food meals as a treat.

If you are strict on your Paleo diet, just don’t eat fast food. In-N-Out. Double-double protein style burger with onion, no cheese or spread. Ah, we’re starting with my California love. We hope this is Paleo.

It’s a 100% beef patty without additives, and definitely better than most other burger joints, but there’s not really any ingredient info anywhere. They do use vegetable oil on their fries, which is probably what they use for their other food.

Onions come grilled, but if you wanna avoid that extra cooking oil, you can go with fresh if you ask. Sodium is something you’ll just have to deal with at most fast food joints, but with this meal, it ain’t too shabby.

Jimmy John’s. A double turkey and veg unwich, or lettuce wrap, with avocado spread and mustard. Now, this is already only Paleo-ish. Processed meat is not so Paleo. But with the lettuce wrap and a ton of veggies on top, it’s not so bad.

No artificial ingredients, no nitrates or nitrites. It’s good to know, though, that almost every meat they offer contains dextrose, tapioca starch, cultured celery juice powder, natural flavors, et cetera.

The mustard also does have a little bit of added sugar, but it’s one of the most do-able condiments. Without the bread, this is a small meal, and low in calories, so you might wanna add extra avocado, which adds to the cost, or meat, which adds to the cost and the sodium.

Or, you could just go with a salad instead of the unwich if that’s better for you mentally. Pita Pit. Tuna pita, fork style. Fork style’s a pita served as a salad, so pretty much it’s a salad.

With double meat, adding egg, avocado, shredded and Romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, and Sriracha, which is almost Paleo, other than that dang sugar.

Otherwise, this is hopefully Paleo. But they don’t have a ton of ingredients info online, so we don’t actually know what is in the meats or sauces. So it seems moderately clean, but who can know for sure? And maybe that’s what they want us to think, eh? Pretty much, we have no clue what is in the tuna or in any of the meats or sauces.

Chipotle steak salad. Now you could use any meat you prefer, but the steak is the lowest sodium meat besides the chicken, and to me, chicken gets a little boring. But you do you. It’s also got lettuce, fajita veggies, the tomatillo green salsa, which is the lowest in sodium and calories, and the guacamole.

Skip out on that salad dressing, which is loaded with sugar. I also have an entire video on making healthy choices at Chipotle. If you wanna check that out, I will link it in the description. Panera green goddess Cobb salad with chicken.

This is a wanna-be Paleo dish. They are trying to offer fresh, healthy options, but the ingredients and meats are not very clean, especially the dressings. Come on, Panera! Time to up your game. The greens, chicken, which does have added sugar and rice starch, avocado, tomato, boiled egg, pickled red onions, which have sugar, and bacon, which has sugar, will make up a decently satisfying salad, but there is literally no dressing without dairy, sugar and/or soybean oil.

So, enjoy the flavor of those ingredients on their own. Jamba Juice orange carrot karma smoothie, medium size. Another Paleo-ish choice. It is made from real, whole fruits and simple ingredients, but it is very high in sugar, and we aren’t sure from what.

Some is from the fruit, but they also use fruit blends that I suspect contain added sugar. But for those who care, this is vegan and non-dairy according to the website. Taco Bell double shredded chicken power bowl with extra chicken.

Skip the rice, beans, cheese, and sour cream, and go for extra shredded chicken, iceberg and Romaine, and extra guacamole. And add onions, tomatoes, and fire-roasted salsa. Both the pico and the guac contain xanthan gum, FYI.

You can add bacon if you want, but you know that means the sodium will increase. Hardee’s low carb double Thickburger, double meat. There isn’t much on the Hardee’s menu that is filling or Paleo, but this option is.

Low carb means it’s a lettuce wrap, with the two burger patties, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mustard. If you nix the ketchup, mayo, and cheese, it is entirely Paleo. If you wanted a cleaner option, you could get the side salad, but we’ve already seen quite a few salads today.

The chickens and other meats at Hardee’s all have quite a few other ingredients, and none of their sides fit as Paleo. Long John Silver’s cod and shrimp platter with double green beans. There aren’t many Paleo options here either, but this platter is pretty clean.

It’s just a bit small and has a load of sodium. It is baked though, unlike most everything else that is fried. The green beans are also the only do-able side, so feel free to get two of them and go for the Louisiana hot sauce as a less problematic addition.

Last but not least, Chick-fil-A. Grilled nuggets with a superfood side salad. This is definitely not Paleo, but it isn’t the worst. Your chicken will be cooked with vegetable or soybean oil, and some additives are in there from corn and sugar.

Even the superfood side salad has quite a bit of sugar. There’s nothing blatantly artificial or synthetic in the meat, but there are some in the sauces. It’s a boring meal, but there’s nothing 100% Paleo at Chick-fil-A other than the side salad without cheese.

Even the fruit cup has added sugar. And that is your fast food Paleo options video. I hope you found these helpful, but remember, eating fast food at all already sort of breaks the true essence of the Paleo concept.

So don’t fool yourself. Feel free to check out my vegan and general healthy fast food videos, and Chipotle healthy choices video for more like this. At the end of the day, we don’t want fast food to be a regular part of our lifestyles, so don’t stress too much as long as you’re truly making this an occasional indulgence.

And remember, especially when it comes to fast food, it’s all a matter of mind over munch. hey munchies welcome if you’re new I’m Elysia and I am stoked to have you here so last year we did a vegan fast food choices and a general healthier choices at fast food restaurants video you guys seem to love them but I had a lot of requests for a paleo addition so here it is in case you’re not familiar with the specifics of a paleo diet there is quite a bit of debate over some of the nitty-gritty details of what’s a yes for a no food so some allow grass-fed dairy some allow sweeteners some allow bacon and some don’t whatever but here is the generalized list for your reference feel free to pause the video to review so let’s just begin by saying that fast food technically is not paleo it pretty much contradicts the whole philosophy behind the lifestyle it’s highly processed it’s pretty much junk food and it’s definitely not what our ancestors ate or what we are best suited to be eating but sometimes life happens and we have to find something to eat at a fast food restaurant or maybe that never happens to you and if that’s the case then great stop watching this video now before you feel inclined to leave a nasty comment because guess what we don’t need that negativity in this community I’m not telling you what to eat what to not eat or telling you how much the literally all I’m doing is showing you a list of some fast food restaurants and some as close as we can get to paleo options with the macros if you need more or less food eat more or less food that being said if you are on a paleo diet and wanting to eat fast food just recognize a front you’re gonna have to make some compromises it might be wise to treat those fast food meals as a treat if you are strict on your Paleo diet just don’t eat fast food in and out double double protein style burger with onion no cheese or spread we’re starting with my California love we hope this is paleo it’s a 100% beef patty without additives and definitely better than most other burger joints but there’s not really any ingredient info anywhere they do use vegetable oil on their fries which is probably what they use for their other food onions come grilled but if you want to avoid that extra cooking oil you can go with fresh if you ask sodium is something you’ll just have to deal with that most fast food joints but with this meal it ain’t too shabby Jimmy John’s a double Turkey and veg on which or lettuce wrap with avocado spread and mustard now this is already only paleo ish processed meat is not so paleo but with the lettuce wrap and a ton of veggies on top it’s not so bad no artificial ingredients no nitrates or nitrites it’s good to know though that almost every meat they offer contains dextrose tapioca starch filtered celery juice powder natural flavors etc the mustard also does have a little bit of added sugar but it’s one of the most doable condiments without the bread this is a small meal and low in calories so you might want to add extra avocado which adds to the cost or meat which adds to the cost and the sodium or you could just go with a salad instead of the un– which if that’s better for you mentally pita pit tuna pita fork style fork style the pita served as a salad so pretty much it’s a salad with double meat adding egg avocado shredded and romaine lettuce spinach tomatoes cucumbers onions black olives green peppers mushrooms and sriracha which is almost paleo other than that de sugar otherwise this is hopefully paleo but they don’t have a ton of ingredients info online so we don’t actually know what is in the meats or sauces so it seems moderately clean but who can know for sure and maybe that’s what they want us to think a pretty much we have no clue what is in the tuna or in any of the meats or sauces Chipotle steak salad now you could use any meat you prefer but the steak is the lowest sodium meat besides the chicken and to me chicken gets a little boring but you do you it’s also got lettuce fajita veggies the tomatillo green salsa which is the lowest in sodium and calories and the guacamole skip out on that salad dressing which is loaded with sugar I also have an entire video on making healthy choices at Chipotle if you want to check that out I will link it in the description Panera green goddess Cobb salad with chicken this is a wannabe paleo dish they are trying to offer fresh healthy options but the ingredients and meats are not very clean especially the dressings come on Panera time to up your game the greens chicken which does have added sugar and rice starch avocado tomato boiled egg pickled red onions which have sugar and bacon which has sugar will make up a decently satisfying salad but there is literally no dressing without dairy sugar and/or soybean oil so enjoy the flavor of those ingredients on their own Jamba Juice orange carrot karma smoothie medium side another paleo ish choice it is made from real whole fruits and simple ingredients but it is very high in sugar and we aren’t sure from what some is from the fruit but they also use fruit blends that I suspect contain added sugar but for those who care this is vegan and non dairy according to the website Taco Bell double shredded chicken power bowl with extra chicken skip the rice beans cheese and sour cream and go for extra shredded chicken iceberg and romaine and extra guacamole and add onions tomatoes and fire roasted salsa both the Pico and the guac contain xantham gum fYI you can add bacon if you want but you know that means the sodium will increase parties low-carb double stick burger double meat there isn’t much on the Hardee’s menu that is filling or paleo but this option is low-carb means it’s a lettuce wrap with the two burger patties lettuce tomato red onion and mustard if you mix the ketchup mayo and cheese it is entirely paleo if you wanted a cleaner option you could get the side salad but we’ve already seen quite a few salads today the chickens and other meats at Hardee’s all have quite a few other ingredients and none of their sides fit as a paleo Long John Silver’s Cod and shrimp platter with double green beans there aren’t many paleo options here either but this platter is pretty clean it’s just a bit small and has a load of sodium it is baked vil unlike most everything else that is fry the green beans are also the only doable science you’ll feel free to get two of them and go for the Louisiana Hot Sauce as a less problematic addition last but not least chick-fil-a grill nuggets with a superfood side salad this is definitely not paleo but it isn’t the worst your chicken will be cooked with vegetable or soybean oil and some additives are in there from corn and sugar even the superfood side salad has quite a bit of sugar there’s nothing blatantly artificial or synthetic in the meat but there are some in the sauces it’s a boring meal but there’s nothing 100% paleo at chick-fil-a other than the side salad without cheese even the fruit cup has added sugar and that is your fast-food paleo options video I hope you found this helpful but remember eating fast food at all already sort of breaks the true essence of the paleo concept so don’t fool yourself feel free to check out my vegan and general healthy fast food videos and Chipotle healthy choices video for more like this at the end of the day we don’t want fast food to be a regular part of our lifestyles so don’t stress too much as long as you’re truly making this an occasional indulgence and remember especially when it comes to fast food it’s all a matter of mind over munch

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