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Other than Baby Greens, Supermarkets (CM, Whole Foods, Wheatsville) and maybe Freebirds on occasion. Are there any other 'fast' healthy food options in Austin I'm missing?

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  1. Zen.

    I usually don't equate eating out with healthy.

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    1. re: Kent Wang

      I would not recommend Zen, the bowls are pretty heavy in sauce, even though u have the option of brown rice. I was very unimpressed with the food there.

      1. re: Angie

        Well, you can get the sauce on the side and dole it out yourself - I'm a fan of the chicken and veggies teriyaki bowl - for fast and healthy, it really does the trick. Don't forget the sushi and salads to grab in the cold case...usually a major step above supermarket sushi, and the ginger dressing (on the side) with the seared tuna salad is great...

    2. Mr. Natural has fabulous and fast take-out (I go to the S. Lamar location), as does Casa de Luz (casadeluz.org), but at Casa you have to bring your own container.

      Good luck!

      Ellen aka Queen of Sky (queenofsky.net)

      1. How about the Pita Pit on Guadalupe next to campus? Everything is made to your specs and ingredients seemed fresh when I was there. Whether it's healthy depends on your ingredient choice.. but they had a decent selection of veggies.

        1. I eat at Zuzu a lot for healthy options. They have great salads (I like the mahi mahi, and the grilled chicken), and while their rosemary vinagrette dressing is awesome, I usually top mine with pico de gallo and their red salsa instead.

          If I'm in a not so healthy mood, I really like their chicken flautas with a side salad and a side of black beans.

          There's no drive through, but they are pretty quick packaging up a to-go order.

          1. Since we are mentioning chains: I really enjoy Chipotle. I think the bowls are far better than the burritos. I like to start with the rice and black beans, add the excellent peppers and onions, a meat, pico de gallo, corn salsa, and cheese. I take it home and microwave it latter for a very satisfying dinner, under $6.

            Or you can get a salad bowl.

            1. I'm a fitness nut.. and I have at least 3 meals a week at Boston Market... usually as my after workout meal. I actually worked there when I was a kid for 3 years at several locations.. and did everything from food prep to meat carving... so I know for a fact that their cooking and food handling methods are clean and healthy... and I still am not tired of the food as there are so many different combinations of entrees and side dishes that you can try to keep things fresh!

              They post all their nutritional information online... so you can craft the perfect meal for yourself. Their turkey breast and white chicken are delicious, extremely healthy, and high in protein. Although I'm pretty mad that they stopped offering honey glazed ham as a meat choice. Check it out.. its quick, very tasty, and reasonably priced.

              Oh.. also print out the $1.25 off coupons from their website.

              1. Koriente... I thought they went a bit too healthy with some of their interpretations of Korean dishes, but if healthy is what you're going for, it's right up your ally. It's easy to call in and take food out, but I dont know how fast it would be otherwise.