When it comes to eating healthy many questions likely come to mind.
and what about options?
Any of those come to mind?
Many people will avert the healthy option. Therefore, settling for the more viable, practical fast food approach.
I’ll admit this option does solve many questions.
For instance, Fast food restaurants now have value menus and BOGO (buy one get one) options. The drive-thrus are relatively quick, and they keep their promise on taste. For example, when you order a big mac you know it’s going to taste like a big mac.
These three things alone are enough to get the eater to steer into a drive thru instead of a supermarket.
BUT lucky for you, I have found an alternative. So, if you ever find yourself asking, “is healthy fast food possible?”
I will tell you the answer is yes, yes it is.
First, let us define the meaning of “fast food”
Fast food is :
- Food that can be ordered quickly and with ease. You can count on your food being ready in less than 10 minutes, and more than likely there is a drive-thru option available.
Okay, pretty good definition right?
Well, that was my definition.
Let’s ask the big dogs (google) and see what they have to say.
According to google fast food is defined as, “food that can be prepared quickly and easily and is sold in restaurants and snack bars as a quick meal or to be taken out.”
If we run with this premise it’s safe to say that any food that can be prepared easily and taken out can be labeled as “fast food”.
This means whether you or somebody else is preparing the food, it’s still fast food. Granted it’s ready in a short amount of time.
SO if you think of a buffet…
A buffet qualifies as fast food, right?
1) The food is already prepared
2) The food is ready to be eaten or taken out in less than 10 minutes.
(What I’m trying to do here is change your outlook on fast food)
NO, I am not saying to start eating traditional fast food, I am not advocating that.
What I am saying is that there are other options available which can be credited as fast food.
Okay, now that I have hopefully piqued your interest let me share with you my fantastic fast food alternative.
Usher in, Whole Foods.
Yes, Whole Foods.
Whole Foods contains within its walls a comprehensive buffet and salad bar. A perfect alternative.
“But that’s not fast food!”
Let’s take a look at that google definition of fast food one more time (I promise) :
“food that can be prepared quickly and easily and is sold in restaurants and snack bars as a quick meal or to be taken out.”
How does Whole Foods qualify you ask? Here’s how :
1) A trip through the Whole Foods buffet takes less than 10 minutes.
2) Whole Foods provides you with to go containers to put your food in. A perfect way to take your buffet and salad bar findings with you when you are on the run.
3) The price isn’t too bad. Yes, it is a little more expensive than traditional fast food but you are eating a far healthier meal for a few extra bucks. Worthy trade in my eyes.
Have I convinced you yet? No? Maybe this picture can help :
A picture doesn’t do it justice either?
Sheesh, you’re hard to please.
Well, since I can’t offer you a bite I’ll explain some of the things that the buffet at Whole Foods offers :
- Easily accessibility: Hardly any traffic or waits. Grabbing what you want in a matter of minutes should provide no hassle at all.
- Variety: Whole foods buffet and salad bar offer a wide variety of greens, vegetables, fruits, grains, and even a hot foods section that offers anything from mac and cheese to chicken tikka masala.
- Healthy options: You can find anything from extra virgin olive oil to walnuts (Both fantastic sources of good fat). Arugula to spinach (Great sources of micro-nutrients and high in iron and calcium). Quinoa to lentils (Both great sources of protein and both provide long sustainable energy due to their complex carbohydrate characteristics). The buffet is packed with healthy options that taste great.
- Price: At $8.99 /lb you can easily stack your buffet box and not spend a fortune, especially if you are eating mostly greens and veggies that don’t weigh much. The average eater spends anywhere between $5 and $15 at a drive-thru. Why not spend the same amount on food that impacts your body in a positive way.
- Experience: Trying new food for some people is hard. You may have heard about a food that is healthy for you but you may not know where to buy it or how to prepare it. Whole foods makes that easy for you. It allows the eater to casually try new foods without the pressure of buying and cooking. Many Whole foods also offer a cafeteria area where people can eat. I myself like to skip the cafeteria and wander outside. As well as a cafeteria many Whole Foods have nice outdoor seating, where one can sit in the sun, feel the breeze, and enjoy their food in peace. Like this :
Give it a try
Next time you’re in the mood for a quick meal, give this alternative a try. Search “nearest whole foods” and take a little drive.
While you’re at it, make sure not to pull into any drive-thrus.
Stay the course, and get to the buffet. I guarantee you will find something that pleases your taste buds.
Develop the habit
Replacing just one fast food meal a week with a healthier alternative can make great strides in your diet. If you make this a habit, you can build from there.
One day becomes two, two becomes three, and so on and so forth. I know, I know, I make it sound easy. But nothing worth working for is ever easy, and changing your diet habits is a tough road.
Let Whole Foods buffet help you with your segue to a healthier diet. I guarantee you will find something pleasing and healthy among its walls.