The goop Fast Food Guide
Summer’s (almost) here, which means the next family trip is just around the corner. And while here at goop, we do our best to keep things clean and healthy, we’re also realists who know that sometimes—especially when it’s airline-terminal-adjacent, right off the next highway exit, or at your kid’s all-day competition (shout out to all the #dancemoms out there)—we’re going to eat fast food. Here’s a compilation of our go-to orders, goop menu hacks, and when you should just go straight for the French fries.
YOUR BEST BET
When push comes to shove, these are the places we prefer to stop—they all have clean-ish options.
PRO TIP: You can always make a meal of their snack game: They’ve got Hippeas (organic vegan chickpea puffs), fresh fruit, and toasted coconut chips.
PRO TIP: Ask them not to add the sauce to the chicken (it’s full of sugar), and garnish with soy and chili sauce packets.
PRO TIP: Guac is technically not extra, if you skip the meat.
PRO TIP: Skip the sugary dressing, and opt for the oil and vinegar.
PRO TIP: Get their standard beef patty lettuce-wrapped, which comes with tomato and onion—sans cheese and mayo. If you’re craving French fries, go for an OG baked potato (leave the sour cream, take the chives).
TRICKY, BUT DOABLE
While none of these places are ideal, we found it relatively easy to modify menu items to make healthy-ish choices worthwhile.
PRO TIP: Go for a side of apple slices.
PRO TIP: Ask for no cheese, light cheese, or half of each.
PRO TIP: You can pretty much substitute any meat on the menu for black beans, which are 100 percent vegan.
JUST ORDER THE FRIES…
The clean-ish options at these places are few and far between—and their marginal nutritional benefit might be outweighed by the delight of simply indulging in something you really want. Who are we to stand between you and your Blizzard?
HARD TO PASS UP: The biscuits.
HARD TO PASS UP: A sundae.
HARD TO PASS UP: Curly fries, best enjoyed with reckless abandon.
HARD TO PASS UP: Donuts.