Healthy fast food


Flock Rotisserie

Not every quick food option has to revolve around burgers and drive through. Check out these alternatives.


This local chain is vegan and vegetarian, and if you’re not eating gluten, there’s plenty of gluten-free options too. From giant salad bowls to pancakes on weekend, it’s a handy place to have something a bit healthier. Kid favourites include pancakes (of course), as well as the grilled cornbread and sweet potato fries. These little places get busy, so aim for off-peak times if you can.

326 Bloor St, 147 Spadina St, 894 Queen St W, & 90 Ellington East


Rotisserie chicken is a kid-pleaser most of the time, and its Flock’s specialty. Get a half chicken to share, with sides like roasted sweet potatoes and cold edamame. Finish off with pie or chia pudding. Check out the family takeout combo deal if dinner is looking, well, unlikely.

330 Adelaide St W, 97 Harbord St, & 67 Richmond St W

the big carrot


The Big Carrot

The vegetarian deli inside this great longstanding organic shop has baked goods, salads, soups and more. Dishes are created fresh every day, and there’s always vegan and gluten-free options. Stay in to eat, or take away.

348 Danforth

Oats & Ivy

Oats & Ivy

Not just juice, Oats & Ivy offers some lovely lunch boxes as well. Pesto spaghetti squash, chickpea and avocado sandwiches, or little snack packs with hummus and veggies. Order ahead through Ritual and pick it up quickly at the Liberty Market Building for a truly healthy fast food experience.

127A 171 East Liberty St

Erin McGann

Erin McGann is Managing Editor for Toronto Mom Now and Vancouver Mom. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large. Contact her at erin [dot] mcgann [at] crispmedia [dot] ca

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