With nearly 9,450 locations nationwide, 7-Eleven is one of America’s most recognizable food retailers. While not every state in the United States has a 7-Eleven, there are many places, such as California, Florida, Texas, and Virginia, where it can feel like there’s one around every corner.
This familiarity is especially appealing to younger generations. According to a recent survey, 7-Eleven is the most popular grocery store among millennials, particularly younger men. The chain outperformed Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi, and many others, which is surprising given that 7-Eleven does not even attempt to market itself as a grocer but rather as a classic convenience store.
While 7-Eleven is perhaps best known as the home of Slurpees, Doritos, and Sour Gummy Worms, many locations offer healthier options, including fresh foods. There are also plenty of 7-Eleven options that, while not highly rated by registered dieticians, are undeniably delicious. Let’s look at both types of 7-Eleven foods to balance wellness and pure satisfaction.
1. Cold Pressed Organic Juice
That’s correct! According to customer reviews, a 7-Eleven-branded, organic-certified cold pressed juice is quite good. 7-Click Go! Smart Organic Cold Pressed Juice has four flavors: Berry & Bright, Clean & Green, Restoration Red, and Tropical Glow. You don’t even need to visit a 7-Eleven to sample the juices. They can also be ordered online.
2. Cup of Fruit Harvest Blend
Most 7-Eleven locations sell two fresh fruit cups: the classic Fruit Blend Fruit Cup and the Fruit Harvest Blend Fruit Cup. Both are made entirely of fresh fruit chunks, but we recommend this one because the melon on the Fruit Blend Cup can be a little past its prime in our experience. Fresh strawberries, apples, and grapes are included in the Fruit Harvest Blend cup, each of which provides various health benefits such as vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and more.
3. Sandwiches with Chicken Salad
While not the healthiest food available at 7-Eleven, the Chicken Salad Sandwich is a customer favorite due to its surprisingly good taste and filling 400 calories and 18 grams of protein. When one Reddit user asked, “What’s the best thing on the 7-11 menu?” the Chicken Salad Sandwich was mentioned several times, with one respondent saying, “I’m partial to the chicken salad sandwiches… Pair that MF-er with a bag of off-brand hot chips and Dragonfruit Vitamin Water, and you’re headed lights and sirens to flavor town for delicious satisfaction.”
4. Coffee on Ice
7-Eleven’s hot coffee is usually fine—nothing special, but it’s brewed frequently enough that it’s always fresh and rarely tastes burnt or bitter. It was once deemed superior to similar offerings at McDonald’s, Peet’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks, which is saying something considering two chains are literal coffee shops! Smooth, flavorful, and quite affordable, 7-Eleven’s iced coffee alone is a reason to visit.
Healthy? No. Do you want to know the entire ingredient list? Based on our research, no. But 7-Eleven’s Taquitos are undeniably delicious, whether you go with the classic Taquito, the newer Korean BBQ Taquito, or, if you can find them, Buffalo Chicken Taquitos, about which one Redditor remarked: “Buffalo chicken taquitos. With a side of nacho cheese for dipping. 5 for $4. Breakfast fit for a champion.”
6. The Complete Cookie Recipe by Lenny & Larry
No time for breakfast or lunch? Need something to get you through the afternoon? 7-Eleven sells a cookie that can help: the Complete Cookie from Lenny & Larry’s. How can a cookie stand in for a meal? Because one of these vegan cookies has 420 calories, 16 grams of protein, 10 grams of fiber, and nearly 60 grams of carbs, but only 10% of a day’s sodium and 15% of a day’s fat.
7. Salad with Garden Vegetables
This fresh 7-Eleven offering consists of romaine lettuce, carrot slices, grape tomatoes, and chopped red cabbage; it’s fine on its own but even better as a base for a larger salad when you add your ingredients like grilled chicken, edamame beans, or more veggies.
8. 7-Select PuriTEA Unsweetened Black Tea
While most of the iced teas in the 7-Select lineup are quite tasty, they’re also largely loaded with sugar—as in sugar comparable to that found in soda, so they’re best left on the shelf. On the other hand, the chain’s PuriTEA Unsweetened Black Tea is suitable for heavy drinking from a health standpoint, and it’s also quite refreshing; it’s also made with organic tea leaves.
7-Eleven’s pizza isn’t going to win any awards, and it’s not going to have any pizza purists writing rave reviews, but it’s available, hot and ready, all day and all night, and when you ask for an entire pizza, the staff will usually cook a “fresh” pie for you. There’s also the price. The $5 pepperoni pizza from 711 is equally as good as the same from a large chain.
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