I usually brown bag it for lunch…it’s healthier, it’s quick, and it’s better on my budget. But when I forget to pack (or leave my lunch sitting on the counter), working in Center City means I have unlimited lunch options. Unfortunately, it also makes it hard to choose a healthy option when lobster mac ‘n cheese or a Philly cheesesteak is right around the corner. I’ve come up with a few tricks to make lunchtime choices that make me healthy and happy.
Choose-your-own bowls and salads are a great way to customize your lunch and focus on healthy, delicious options. The secret is going light on noodles, rice, and the like, and focusing on protein and veggies. I like Agno Grill when I’m in the city. You get a choice of protein that includes flavorful basics like chicken and veggies, but you can also choose lamb meatballs, falafel, and salmon. Plus, you can fill it with a variety of roasted vegetable options and top it off with balsamic or lemon oregano to add light flavor. Chipotle is good option, too…and they’re everywhere.
Make it a liquid lunch
Some days call for a liquid lunch…but, I’m not talking about a Mad Men-style martini break. Smoothies offer endless options for a healthy, delicious lunchtime treat…for even the pickiest of palates. If you’re in the city, try Sook Hee’s Produce & Squeeze Juice Bar beneath the Comcast Center. Whether you want a fresh juice or smoothie – Sook Hee’s has it all from kale to beets to ginger root.). And, the best part is, you don’t have to worry about cleaning the juicer afterward! You can choose from plenty of fresh salads and sandwiches, homemade Korean food, and snacks to complement your drink of choice.
Wok at lunch
Sometimes you just need a little stir fry…and if you make the right choices, it’s a healthy bet. Be sure to focus on lean proteins and veggies, and don’t overdo it on the sauces. When I’m in the mood to stir it up, I head to Honeygrow. They stir it up fresh every time. Added bonus: They also have salad and smoothie options and for dessert…a honey bar!
What are your favorite healthy lunch places?
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