10 Vancouver Food Trucks to Try for a Healthy Lunch

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(HealthCastle.com) We recently featured an article on our parent site, HealthCastle.com, that explored how to find a fast lunch that’s healthier than fast food by visiting food trucks. Since Vancouver has really embraced the food truck trend, I thought I’d take a look at some of the options our city has to offer.

The first thing I discovered is that there are an absolute ton of them! Of course, this makes it impossible to include all of them in one post. So, I’ve picked five carts for meat-eaters and five for vegetarians to consider when looking for a healthier option than a fast food restaurant for a quick lunch.

Organic or Sustainable Meat and Seafood Food Trucks

These food trucks focus on using organic and/or sustainable (and often local) meats and seafood in their dishes.

  • Feastro, The Rolling Bistro: Options include Ocean Wise tiger prawns, local red snapper fish and chips, and smoked salmon tacos. All smoked meats are smoked in house, right on the truck.
  • Big Dogs Street Hots: Not regular hot dogs – these are local, organic, natural, nitrate-free, and contain no hormones or fillers. Gluten-free options are available, and you can get nutritional information about all their menu items from their iPhone app.
  • Fresh Local Wild: The name says it all: This truck offers seasonal, local fish and chips, fish sandwiches, and salads. As a bonus, the truck’s electricity is powered using vegetable oil instead of propane for reduced environmental impact.
  • The Kaboom Box: Serving Ocean Wise seafood, sustainably produced meat, and organic vegetables, this truck offers fish and chips, fish and meat sandwiches (including venison), and a veggie burger.
  • Street Meet: Featuring Ocean Wise seafood, organic beef, and local pork, chicken, and duck, the menu changes seasonally but is focused on burgers and sandwiches.

Food Trucks With Vegetarian Options

These carts are not all vegetarian, but they all offer vegetarian options if you’re looking for a meat-free meal.

  • Soho Road Naan Kebab: In addition to chicken options, this cart offers a spicy vegetable sabji wrap, wrapped in fresh naan cooked in a tandoor oven inside the truck.
  • Num Num Food Cart: This Vietnamese-style food cart offers a tofu, rice, and veggie wrap, and the chicken in their salad roll can also be swapped for tofu.
  • Roaming Dragon: Among their “authentically unauthentic Pan-Asian” options, you’ll find a tofu grilled burrito as well as greens- and noodle-based vegetarian salads.
  • Vij’s Railway Express: A street food offering from Vikram Vij of the legendary Vij’s, the dishes incorporate Vij’s well-recognized style of unique takes on traditional Indian recipes. The menu changes often, but there should generally be vegetarian options “on board.”
  • The Juice Truck: Cold-pressed juice and smoothies featuring interesting combinations like avocado, pineapple, coconut water, lime, vanilla and agave.

If you want to explore the Vancouver food truck scene in more detail, check out the Street Food Vancouver app to find all the food trucks near you. Remember, not everything you’ll find at a food truck is healthy, but they do use fresher, more natural ingredients and way less sodium than fast food joints. Plus, with so many to choose from, you can avoid getting into a lunchtime rut.

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