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What Do UnDiet Nutrition Pros Eat On The Go?


Earlier this week, an article was published in The Huffington Post called What Nutrition Pros Eat At Chain Restaurants.

This was perplexing to me.

I know there are those in the field who call themselves “pros” or “experts”, who like to recommend what your best option is when eating at a fast food restaurant, weighing between grams of fat and calorie counts.

Knowing what I know about food, health, disease and chemical ‘food’ processing, I could never consider these ‘healthier’ options good enough to be regarded as options for those who truly want to eat well. If this kind of convenience isn’t good enough for my health, I am just not comfortable recommending it to anyone else.

There is something to be said for moderation. There are certain things that are welcomed to enjoy in moderation. There are however, many more things that are just not okay in moderation and fall more into the ‘never ever’ category. Fast food, diet sodas, and anything comprised of GMO and/or chemistry experiments is part of that.

Lisa Borden, of Borden Communications and mother of three explains, “There is a HUGE difference between “healthier” and “healthy”. We should never compromise and do marginally better for ourselves, we need to do right by ourselves, always.”

To offer some insight and inspiration about what my own UnDiet community of leading nutritionists, health experts, doctors, best selling authors, and UnDiet ambassadors would choose as their go-to fast food options, I asked them to weigh in.

Since the healthier of two junk food options still doesn’t equate to healthy, our best defence against the temptations is simply to make the choice that there are no other options, and the best thing we can be is prepared.

Here are the go-to fast food picks of my colleagues and top choice UnDiet approved posse, many of whom are playing host in the UnDiet Virtual Book Tour.

William Davis, MD / Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Wheat Belly

Fast Food Of Choice: Chipotle Burrito Bol

Why: Chipotle is one of those rare things: a fast food restaurant where organic, locally-sourced, sustainably-grown foods comprise most of the choices. Because I believe that NO human should consume modern semi-dwarf wheat, the creation of genetics research, I opt for the “Bol” without the burrito wrap but still enjoy the greens, salsa, and cheese.

Andy Bellatti, MS, RD / Nutritionist / @andybellatti

Fast Food Of Choice: A homemade trail mix of almonds, cocoa nibs, and raisins does the trick

Why: Fast, filling, and fiber-rich.

Jess Ainscough / The Wellness Warrior/ @JessAinscough

Fast Food Of Choice: Green Smoothies.

Why: I can pack them full of enzyme-loaded greens, electrolyte-loaded coconut water, and heaps of energy-providing superfoods. My favourite combo is kale, Cos lettuce, banana, coconut water, spirulina, chia seeds, hemp seeds and maca. These take about two minutes to make, and if I need to head out on the road I’ll make a couple in the morning and take them with me in a cooler.

Lisa Borden / Idea Girl, Borden Communications / @LisaBorden

Fast Food Of Choice: A filled water bottle, and a couple bars from Go Raw Foods

Why: As I work full time/overtime and I am also a mother of 3, I seem to be perpetually travelling – and inevitably someone wants a snack or needs to fuel their body, myself included. I always make sure that I leave home with a filled water bottle, and a couple bars from Go Raw Foods. They are vegan, nut-free and packed with lots of goodness…plus they don’t weigh a lot or take up a lot of space, they are not over packaged and last a long time. The ultimate efficient power snack that is real food and a treat at the same time. Other healthier packaged fast food choices that are safe for on the go, and nut-free are here.

Also, instead of going to a restaurant and ordering a “lesser evil” option, it is simple, less expensive, and as fast as you can get, to go to a grocery, or health food store. Not only so most have meals-to-go, but they also now will have fully loaded kale chips (a meal in itself), or grab a jar of your favourite nut butter and gluten-free crackers and sit in the park and enjoy!

Nadine and Ron Artemis / Living Libations / @livinglibations

Fast Food Of Choice: Kale Chips

Why: Fun and Filling

Michele Simon, JD, MPH / President, Eat Drink Politics and Author, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back / @MicheleRSimon

Fast Food Of Choice: Simple, bring your own from home. Hope that helps

Why: No explanation needed.  

Daedra Surowiec / Owner Strawesome / @BeStrawesome

Fast Food Of Choice: Panera Bread Or Chipotle

Why: It’s a rarity that I’m on the road without food that I’ve packed myself.  But, if I happen to be on a long road trip the ONLY place I will stop is Panera Bread or Chipotle where I order a salad and drink the water I brought.  I’ve been known to drive for miles just waiting for one to show up.

Sammie Kennedy / Creator, Booty Camp Fitness Inc./ @sammiekennedy

Fast Food Of Choice: Hands down my fast food of choice is a homemade smoothie.

Why: It is totally portable, easy to consume in a rush and I can jam pack as many nutrients as I want in one thermos to keep it cool. My favourite combo is frozen raspberry, hemp hearts, homemade almond milk, raw cacao, spirulina and a smidge of raw honey. Mmmm Mmm Good!

Gena Hamshaw / Choosing Raw / @choosingraw

Fast Food Of Choice: Raw, vegan snack bars, made with dates and nuts/seeds. There are plenty commercially available–my current favorites are from 22 Days Nutrition–but I also love to make my own.

Why: Dried fruit gives me quick energy, while the nuts keep me full from healthy fats. And they taste great and are easy to carry, too!

Julie Daniluk, RNCP / Nutritionist Julie and Author Meals That Heal Inflammation /  @JulieDaniluk

Fast Food Of Choice: Jicama Fries

Why: Is a root vegetable that tastes like a potato crossed with water chestnut and pear, and it is super low in calories (1 cup contains 46 calories and 6 whopping grams of fibre). It is eaten raw so it is so much faster than cooking and tastes even better than those soggy sticks from McYucks! The great thing is when you are embracing an UnDiet, you are eating such healthy food that counting calories is completely unnecessary.

When ever I travel, I hit a health food store as my first stop and look for fun food that does not require refrigeration. Jicama lasts up to a week out of the fridge as long as you store it in a cool dark place.

Josh Gitalis  / Clinical Nutritionist / @JoshGitalis

Fast food of choice: Quinoa + Avocados
Why: When I am in a rush and don’t have time make a meal I turn the faithful quinoa. It takes me one minute to rinse and get boiling and then I can get ready while it’s cooking. Once it’s done almost anything goes great in the mixture. I throw in some sprouts, coconut or flax oil, tamari, ground nuts and seed and I have a high-protein nutrient dense fast food. Total time preparing it takes no more than 3 minutes. My other favourite fast food is an avocado. It’s got a low glycemic index and keeps me full when I need something on the go.

My own fast food of choice? I like to have a selection of prepped raw, roasted, and steamed veggies ready to go. They are easy to transport, can be added to a grain or greens to make a salad, can be dipped into hummus and nut butters easily, and help keep my energy stable and keep me eating seasonally and fresh.

If you are still unsure whether taking the time and effort is truly worth it, check out this list of books on the value, benefit and importance of real food, putting your health first and making the quality of what you eat a priority for you and your family. Chances are good, you won’t see any of these authors gorging on a McMuffin diet anytime soon.

If your goal is to eat to improve your health, the truth is that it will be hard to make that happen by continuing to eating the same foods from the same places that contributed to the health challenge in the first place. Just some food for thought.

For more fast food inspiration, check out this fast food fettucini, one pot turmeric stir fry or the ultimate in fast- this selection of awesome smoothies.

7 responses to “What Do UnDiet Nutrition Pros Eat On The Go?”

  1. Shannon C says:

    Fabtastic list! Thanks for sharing and inspiring, everyone!

  2. Laurel says:

    Great article! Love the list (and I, too, hold out for Chipotle salads)! I couldn’t open the recipe to Jicama Fries. Please post. Thanks.

  3. Noel Guillory says:

    Great article! I love the responses from all the different *REAL* health experts. Anyone suggesting McDonald’s is okay isn’t much of an expert to my mind… I’ve got sliced up grapefruit in a reusable container today for on the go. Also I have become addicted to prepping lunch and dinner at home every day for my partner and myself.

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      Fantastic! It’s such an empowering feeling to know you have the ability to prepare a whole day’s worth of food and have it ready to take with you!

  4. Lauren says:

    Great list! Regardless of what foods people eat/don’t eat, the common theme is always whole, real foods and usually homemade.

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