5 Healthy Meals on the Go

By Lisa Rhea

When we’re trying to improve our health, we know packing a lunch is the best route, but it’s not always feasible. So what should you order when life calls for eating lunch on the go? Here are my top picks from a few popular lunch spots.

Jersey Mike’s

#7 – Turkey Breast with Provolone

The best choice on the menu is the classic turkey sandwich. Beware, though, calorie counts do not include having it Mike’s Way – oil, vinegar and mayonnaise will add extra calories. Want to add a sauce but minimal calories? Try removing the cheese and then ask for mayo.

According to Jersey Mike’s “Lean and full of flavor, our turkey breast is the very highest quality you can buy and one of our best sellers. If you love turkey, you’ve come to the right place!”

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Panera

Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa Salad

Panera is a popular lunch spot and an easy place to accidentally overindulge. Many of their dishes appear healthy while laden with added fats, plus calorie values on the menu don’t factor in the bread, chips and/or apple side dishes.  This pick is a protein-rich salad, something that can be hard to find out to eat.

According to Panera this salad has “Bright Mediterranean flavor with a boost from organic quinoa, kale, romaine, cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomato sofrito and toasted almonds in Greek dressing. Topped with chicken raised without antibiotics. Available in whole and half. 25g of protein from chicken per whole salad.”

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McDonald’s

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Who says you have to get a BigMac at McDonald’s? There are plenty of better choices, including this grilled chicken sandwich. If you’re really trying to stay on track, be sure to pair it with a side of fruit or yogurt, and not french fries.

McDonald’s says this meal includes a “100% grilled chicken breast filet seasoned to perfection with ingredients like salt, garlic and parsley – seared in our kitchens, no preservatives added. Crisp leaf lettuce, fresh tomato, and a vinaigrette dressing. All atop our delectable artisan roll.”

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Panda Express

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken and Mixed Vegetables

Yes, even at a Chinese place you can get something reasonably healthy. The Grilled Teriyaki Chicken dish is by far the most protein-packed dish for the calories. Pair it with veggies instead of rice, and you have a great dish that won’t set your fitness goals back.

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Chipolte

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Chipolte is a great place to get a meal with fresh ingredients, but beware, it’s easy to rack up the calories. Your best bet – a chicken burrito bowl with rice, beans and salsa. Skip the sour cream, cheese and guac if you’re trying to keep it around 500 calories.

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What are your favorite healthy dishes out? We’d love to hear from you to include in our next healthy meals on the go post!

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