Takeout Without the Guilt: Budget Food Tip

We love the idea of healthy fast food, but the reality of it isn’t so common. Fortunately, restaurateurs are catching on and healthy choices are starting to crop up in the trendier cities.

With an emphasis on healthy, natural and organic eats, a new genre of “fast food” restaurants has evolved to meet the needs of an increasingly conscious consumer base. Now organic fare isn’t limited to the grocery or specialty store, meals cooked at home, and premium restaurants; “fast food” venues are providing both takeout and order-in food options (even online ordering) that are good for you and the environment.

Organic To Go – with locations in Washington State and California – is the country’s first USDA-certified organic cafe; menu items are organic if possible (60-100% organic) and are always all-natural and additive-free. The menu include items for both carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Lean And Green, La Jolla, CA, also features both meat and vegetarian food, including brown rice bowls, wraps, and smoothies and juices, and even offers a kids’ menu. Menu items that are 100%-organic are indicated by a leaf on the menu.

Zen Burger, New York City, offers vegetarian and flexitarian fare, with meat-free and healthier interpretations of traditional fast-food favorites, such as the ZenBeef burger and ZenChicken tenders, as well as organic soups and salads, non-dairy ice cream, and organic teas and fair-trade coffees. Visit the Web site for 10% off your first online order.