Scenario: You're starving on your way home and too lazy to cook. What is your quick paleo approved food fix? Mine:
Fajitas sans tortillas, rice, beans, chips, etc. from mexican restaurant
Roasted chicken at local grocer
My default choice is a cobb salad or a mixed green salad with steak or chicken, no dressing.
Here are my other options for specific fast-food places:
Johnny Rockets: the Original with bacon, lettuce wrapped (aka protein style) with a load of pickles for the side! Yummy!
Chipotle: salad bowl with chicken, no beans, no dressing, but loads of guacamole!
Boston Market: 1/2 chicken with two sides of steamed veggies.
Thai: spicy beef salad, no dressing, with lemon wedges.
Sharkey's (for the Californians): Half Power Plate, with steamed broccoli and grilled veggies!
In-n-Out (again, for the Californians): Animal Style (no spread), Protein Style, double-meat.
The chicken curry salad from Whole Foods is amazing. Its basically just free range chicken covered in curry sauce and nuts with a tiny bit of raisins.
No disrespect Josh- But a lazy Paleo-man dies of starvation, but I know what you are asking. This is one of the true benefits of Intermittent fasting (which I believe needs to be UN-planned). There is always time to wait til a nice steak is done in a pan. or a few veggies (never forget the veggies) are chopped. That mexican stuff has way too much corn meal, starch and grains for me. Roasted Chickens are always the chicken that could be sold for one reason or another (old), so they roasted it. Get a slow cooker crock pot and come home to some real food. Keep a hard boiled eggs in the frig. Eggs are quick to cook- hardboiled ones even quicker, and I don't think I have gone a day with cutting an Avocado open and spooning the guts out.
Earlier today, I was driving up I-75 on a long trip. I had already exhausted my supply of snacks and was getting hungry. After saying to my husband that it was difficult to find "Paleo fast food" on the road, the light bulb went off. BBQ!!! After all, we were in GA where there is an sign for a BBQ joint every 20 miles or so. Half an hour later, we had a pound of pork plus a pound of ribs and were back on the road.
BBQ is going to be my new emergency go-to snack on the road. The extra bonuses are that most of the smoked meats are cooked in advance, so takeout orders are usually pretty quick and most meats are available by the pound. Pork ribs, pulled pork, or smoked chicken without the sauce are my favorites.
Five Guys double with bacon (no bun no ketchup)
Moe's or Chipotle burrito bowl (double meat, guac, no beans no chips)
Wendy's Grilled chicken sandwich (no bun no sauce) eaten on top of 99 cent side salad
Plain BBQ Brisket or Pork (the picture below was snapped while in N.C.)
Convenience store pork rinds (no msg or other additives) and gluten-free/sugar free jerky
If you want to read more about my recent attempt to stick with paleo while traveling, check out "Going Paleo (and not so Paleo) on the Road"
I don't know how many of you have a Wegmans supermarket in your area, but with the size of the Prepared Foods section being built into most of them, it's a huge variety of "fast food". What's more, they (usually) list the ingredients plainly for a lot of what they offer, as well as the calorie count (if that's of issue to you).
I'll go in some nights and snag roasted brussels sprouts or broccoli with a plain roasted chicken and some green tea.
The Low Carb Six Dollar Burger at Carl's Jr.
Actually, Carl's will lettuce-wrap any of their sandwiches, and is one of the only fast food chains that "gets" low-carb. I used to like In-N-Out protein style as well, but after a while In-N-Out burgers seem to not have enough meat for me.
Another very good option is the Low Carb BBQ Plate at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, for those of you fortunate enough to live close to one.
A third alternative is a whole rotisserie chicken at CostCo for $4.99. The price is unbeatable, and it is actually one of the best rotisserie chickens available at any price.