The Best Plant-Based Fast Food Meal You Can Order, According To One Nutritionist

The best fast-food plant-based meal actually comes from Chipotle, according to Dr. Avena. It’s the Vegan Lifestyle Bowl made with cilantro cauliflower rice, black beans, plant-based sofritas protein, fresh tomato salsa, corn salsa, and lettuce. These bowls pack 420 calories, 14 grams of fat (with just 1.5 grams of saturated fat and no trans fat), 1860 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbs with 18 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 22 grams of protein.

Dr. Avena explains just why these bowls are a great healthy option. “It replaces the rice with cauliflower rice, which has a lot less fats. Also, the bowl offers a lot of protein from the black beans and plant-based meat, while avoiding the fats that meat can bring to your order. It also includes vitamins and important nutrients from the lettuce, tomatoes, and corn. This bowl can provide someone with a lot of energy without leaving a person feeling stuffed or lethargic from the increased fats.” 

The lower fat and higher protein content isn’t the only reason to order this bowl. “Cauliflower rice is really good for us!” Dr. Avena adds. “While it includes 85{bd1a3fb8a267bf65dee3fa7bd5bef83d11dd7659b283768a0375222e95be74bd} less calories than white rice, it also contains more potassium, calcium, and fiber! It can help add to your daily calcium and fiber intake, while not adding as many carbohydrates.”

The only thing Dr. Avena says you might want to consider changing is swapping the corn salsa for fajitas vegetables. You’ll still get tons of great veggies and nutrients without quite as many calories.