Meal prepping is incredibly popular right now, and for all the right reasons. It helps people cut their spending, eat healthier and save time. Even if you don’t always prepare your meals in advance, you may still make it a goal to pack a lunch from home. While you may not get the same time benefits as you could with meal prepping, you can control what you bring to lunch and stay on track with your health goals.

However, what happens when you're running out the door in the morning and you don't have time to pack something? Instead of hitting up the drive thru for a burger and fries, here are three excellent lunch takeouts that are fresh, healthy and flavorful!

1. Deli Sandwiches 

Living on the East Coast, there’s no shortage of delis to visit! Delis have a long history here, as they were started in the early 1800s by first- and second-generation German immigrants, some Jewish and some not.

The first American delis began popping up in immigrant communities in New York in the 1850s, and they’ve been popular ever since. Whether it’s a pastrami sandwich, a spiedie or a bagel and lox, you can enjoy a variety of fresh meats and cheeses from your local deli.

To make your deli sandwich healthier, choose a whole grain bread, lots of crunchy veggies, a source of protein and a sauce that has flavor but not a ton of sodium or fat. Fortunately, deli sandwiches are made fast and to-go so they won’t be a problem for a lunch takeout!

2. Chicken

Healthy chicken restaurants are popping up everywhere, despite the increased cost of poultry. Whether you like your chicken grilled or crispy, spicy or traditional, there are plenty of options for a tasty chicken sandwich.

La Rosa Chicken and Grill is pleased to offer grilled, crispy and rotisserie chicken served many different ways. You can eat your chicken plain, in a sandwich or wrap or on a fresh salad. All chicken served is free of preservatives, hormones and MSG. We also marinate all meats and cook our sides fresh daily.

Enjoy a quick takeout lunch from La Rosa Chicken and Grill any day of the week. If you have time, sit and enjoy your meal at one of our restaurants. We have plenty of regulars who stop in for a healthy, balanced meal while catching up on emails.

3. Poke Bowls

Another great option for lunch is a poke bowl, especially if you’re a fan of sushi but need something more work-friendly. Poke bowls are a Hawaiian-based dish that combines rice, a protein (usually fish) and vegetables with some type of sauce, such as eel sauce, wasabi mayo or dragon aioli.

If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, you can order zucchini noodles or kelp salad instead of rice. Everything comes in one bowl, so you can easily grab this on your lunch break and eat it in your car, on a park bench - anywhere! It’s essentially sushi in a bowl but with plenty more options!

These are three excellent lunch takeout options when you don’t have time to make yourself a lunch in the morning. It happens to the best of us, but hopefully, you work in an area where sandwich delis, chicken restaurants and poke bowl bars are plentiful!

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