Eating healthy and organic on the go

I just got back from a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend road trip out to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Nothing like beautiful waterfalls and long hikes to remind me how thankful I am for nature's beauty and my health.

The road trip takes about 7.5 hours from where I live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, so we had to get creative when eating on the road. I'm vegetarian and I don't eat any processed food (anything with a list of unpronouncable ingredients). MMcDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell -- not going to cut it.

Thankfully there are alternatives. After one last hike, we started on our drive home snacking on an organic veggie tray with organic dip, which we purchased at the supermarket in town. We also snacked on organic bread and cheese as well as incredible-tasting local pink lady apples we grabbed at a farmer's stand.

That held us over until we got a few hours down the road. Then we were faced with the typical fast food restaurants at every exit. We probably would have just opted for a locally owned restaurant that would take up more time, but I used my iPhone to see if there happened to be any Evos locations near us. Evos is a healthy and organic fast food chain with a handful of locations. Sure enough, there was an Evos in Chapel Hill, right where we were passing on the interstate (the only one in North Carolina). Bingo! A good, fast, healthy meal on the go!

What's so great about Evos? They offer healthy vegetarian options, burgers and wraps with natural, humane, anti-biotic- and hormone-free beef and chicken, air baked fries (with 70 percent less fat) and delicious organic milkshakes. They do their best to offer sustainable packaging and making socially responsible selections, such as Fair Trade green tea. They still serve regular fountain sodas with high-fructose corn syrup, but they are a far cry from typical fast food. As such, the price is a little higher, we paid $17 for the two combo meals.

I opted for their garden veggie burger, which had a delicious avocado sauce with lettuce, tomato and ranch. My friend had their humane, organic steak burger. We enjoyed the crispy fries, experimenting with garlic and cayenne flavored katsups. Lastly, we washed it all down with an organic vanilla milk shake. Mmmmm amazing. You leave Evos feeling good, not sluggish from grease.

Because Evos offers healthy, natural, organic and vegetarian-friendly fast food, I get to enjoy fast food combo meals for the first time in over 15 years.

Check out the Evos locations to see if there is one near you or where you are traveling. I first tried Evos in Tampa when I was on vacation. We had to drive a little out of our way to find it, but it was totally worth it. Evos currently has locations in California, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

If you are lucky enough to find an Evos, you are in for a real treat. If there's no healthy and organic fast food near you, look for a locally-owned restaurant or diner and take a longer pause in your day. Another option is to find a Whole Foods for made-to-order sandwiches, salads and hot food to go. It's hard to stay focused on healthy eating when there is fast food lurking around every corner. But more healthy options are popping up all the time.