How to Eat as a Vegetarian at 5Popular Fast Food Chains

 

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We all know fast food is unhealthy, and if anyone tries to argue it isn’t watch “Supersize Me”. However, everyone eats it! Especially if you live in the United States. They are everywhere, they are cheap, and you get a lot of food. After becoming a vegetarian my fast food consumption dropped significantly, which is a good thing. However, there will still be times when you want a quick and cheap alternative over preparing dinner or going to a sit down. Now, I’m not saying, that you should eat unhealthy or should eat fast food all the time now. This post is to show that Vegetarians do have a lot of options for food, even at places who’s slogan is “We have the Meats!”. It can be done.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is an amazing place when you are a teenager being one of the only restaurants open past 2am! Taco Bell also can be an amazing place for vegetarians. In general “Tex-Mex” and “Mexican” food has a lot of vegetarian options to choose from. On Taco Bell’s website they even have a whole page dedicated to the idea that “Vegetarians should have options too!” which I find pretty amazing!

https://www.tacobell.com/stories/how-to-eat-veggie

Your Options:

  • Breakfast Soft Taco without Bacon
  • Black Bean Burrito
  • Black Beans with Rice
  • Veggie Power Menu Bowl
  • Veggie Power Menu Burrito
  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Cheesy Rollup
  • Spicy Tostada
  • 7-Layer Burrito (My favorite)
  • Bean Burrito
  • Pintos n’ Cheese
  • Cheesy Bean & Rice Burrito

Taco Bell also offers more vegetarian options on their menu such as “Cinnamon Twists” however, some locations may fry these in oil prepared with meat. They also mention that almost every item can be made as vegetarian. Check out the website to see!

White Castle

Even though White Castle may not be the best on your digestive system, they sure win at the vegetarian game! You can even pack 100 veggie sliders into a crave crate to eat throughout the entire week if you want!

https://www.whitecastle.com/food/menu/Sliders

Your Options:

  • Veggie Slider with 3 choices of sauce (Honey Mustard, Sweet Thai, & Ranch)
  • French Fries
  • Cheese Fries
  • Onion Chips/Rings
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Hash brown Nibblers
  • Oatmeal
  • Any Breakfast Sandwich (just ask for no meat)
  • Any Dessert

Burger King

Burger King surprised me the day they released their veggie burger. I was a little nervous to try it after their “Black Burger” turned people’s fecal matter green, but nevertheless I tried it and it was really good!

https://www.bk.com/menu-item/veggie-burger

Your Options:

  • Veggie Burger
  • Fries (Can be Vegan)
  • Any Salad (Ask for no meat)
  • Onion Rings
  • Egg and Cheese Croissan-wich
  • Hash browns
  • French Toast Sticks

Wendy’s

Being so close to my work, I would run over and grab some fries on my break. But, at Wendy’s there are a lot more vegetarian options than just fries!

https://spoonuniversity.com/place/9-wendys-vegan-menu-items

Your Options:

  • Fries
  • Baked Potato (Broccoli & Cheese or Sour Cream & Chives)
  • Any Salad (Ask for no meat)
  • Any Breakfast Sandwich (Ask for no meat)
  • Veggie Sandwich (All the burger toppings with no patty)
  • Frywich (All the toppings with fries inside)

McDonald’s

Not my favorite of all the fast food chains, but considering it is the most popular and widespread out I got to include it. Compared to other chains, McDonald’s isn’t as vegetarian friendly. Their fries include beef to “improve the taste”, the parfaits contain gelatin, and the hash browns also contain meat. which I all find ridiculous.

https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/full-menu.html

Your Options:

  • Any Breakfast Sandwich (ask without meat)
  • Hotcakes
  • Any Salad (without meat)
  • Fruit Maple Oatmeal

 

At most fast food chains I would assume that you could ask for any burger or breakfast sandwich without the meat. However, I am unsure if the burgers are prepared off site or if they would just throw the meat in the trash and waste it. Let me know what you know about this. Want to see more Fast Food Chains? Let me know in the comments down below what you want to see.

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