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9 ways that vegans, vegetarians can make fast food restaurants work for them

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 06:07:05-04

Eating healthy can be hard enough at home, but that challenge increases exponentially for vegans and vegetarians who are traveling.

CNN offers these tips to get your greens on the go:

Check out menus in advance: Look online or call ahead to see how limited a restaurant’s offerings are.

Look for newer fast food chains: Traditional burger joints don’t always have as many vegetarian-friendly options as fast salad places or ethnic fast casual restaurants.

Veggie up: Order side salads or wraps and sandwiches with lots of veggies.

Veggie burgers: Even White Castle now has veggie sliders!

Ask for off-menu items: Many fast casual restaurants may have veggie burgers but don’t list them on the menu. Or custom order your food without the animal-based products.

Breakfast for lunch is always good: The simple egg staples of breakfast can often be healthy when paired with a side salad for vegetables.

Pack foods that balance the meal: Supplement your picnic basket with side salads from a fast food place when nothing else is available.

Go for grain salads: Places like Panera Bread and Starbucks often have protein-packed and fiber-rich salads with quinoa or brown rice.

How about a smoothie? Watch for excess sugar, but these are a great option with nuts, fruits, veggies and spices on the go. 

See the rest of nutritionist Lisa Drayer’s tips at CNN’s website here.