5 Healthy (and Damn Delicious) Food Options for Busy People
For the love of lunch, think beyond boring salads
Eating healthy on the go used to mean one of two things: A) a salad out of a paper box from Whole Foods, or B) a flash-frozen precooked meal from the grocer.
Luckily, the healthy-dining scene in Dallas has taken a turn for the better (and tastier) with quick,pre-portioned meals that keep us full and satisfied.
Here, five healthy restaurant options that fit both our busy lives and our needs. (Heck, one of them even has a drive-through.)
My Fit Foods
With nine DFW locations, there’s probably a My Fit Foods kind of close to wherever you are. This chain offers more than 40 different meals (most of which come in two sizes), each detailed with nutrition facts so you can choose dishes that are in sync with your specific dietary needs or goals. You can preorder meals or simply pop into a location to pick one up (and heat it) before heading back to work. We love the Besto' Pesto: zucchini and herb-roasted chicken breast, with sweet basil and sun-dried tomatoes.
Hands down the easiest way to eat virtuously on the go is through Start’s drive-through window. The two locations (Lemmon Avenue and Greenville Avenue) serve up three square meals plus lots of yummy, superfood-based snacks. Start with an egg white and veggie sandwich for breakfast, get a quinoa salad for lunch, and then finish your day with a sweet potato stuffed with chicken and spinach. Insider tip: Check the nutrition facts before ordering, because even though everything on the menu is wholesome and natural, some dishes contain hidden diet busters like cheese, buttermilk or bacon.
Austin-based Snap Kitchen has quickly opened nine Dallas-area locations, all serving pure goodness in the form of pre-portioned foods and freshly pressed juice blends. (We like the Antioxidant with beets and apples, and the Energy Boost with lime, papaya, watermelon and mint). Each meal is labeled by dietary need (gluten-free, non-dairy, sodium-conscious, Paleo, etc.) and number of calories, which makes eating well a…snap.
Located in the Plaza of the Americas, Adolphus Tower and Baylor Medical Plaza, Freshii offers protein-based bowls, salads and burritos made with tofu, steak, chicken and turkey carnitas. All meals are made to order and are chock-full ofsuperfoods and cruciferous veggies that boost your immune system and fight diseases.
The meals at LYFE Kitchen are made with ingredients sourced from local farms, and everything on the menu is under 600 calories and free of butter and cream, which makes sticking to a diet or new meal plan much easier. Even the “un-fried” chicken and chocolate-chip cookies are made without butter--and yet they're still so tasty.