What 9 NYC Fitness Trainers Eat for Lunch Every Day
It’s not only salads, guys
We’re always on the lookout for new, healthy lunch options in the city, so we’re consulting the pros. OK, these lunches probably won’t give you abs, but combine them with a regular exercise routine and you’ll be as buff as these guys in no time.
Zuta Gilchriest, Regional Group Fitness Director at Crunch
After working out, Gilchriest loves to eat lunch at organic salad spot Sweetgreen. Her absolute favorite is the Earth Bowl, piled high with quinoa, farro, arugula, roasted chicken, white cheddar, tomatoes, corn, chickpeas, broccoli and pesto vinaigrette.
Locations throughout NYC; 646-964-5012 or sweetgreen.com
Alexandra Bonetti Pérez, Founder of Bari Studio
This hard-working gal would rather have a nice, sit-down lunch than scarf down a salad. That’s why Pérez is a huge fan of Amada in Battery Park City--she loves to order a bunch of healthy small plates and share them with her friends.
250 Vesey St. (at North End Ave.); 212-417-7102 or amadarestaurant.com
Yusuf Jeffers, Coach at Tone House
This self-proclaimed “rabid carnivore” isn’t satisfied just getting a small salad and calling it a day--so instead, he gets three lunches in one at Dig Inn. He recommends the wild sockeye salmon with pesto vinaigrette, and sides of roasted kale and sweet potato.
Multiple locations in NYC; 212-335-2010 or diginn.com
Debora Warner, Founder of Mile High Run Club
At least once a week in the summer, Warner treats herself to the Greek-style quinoa-and-avocado salad from Siggy’s Good Food. And when she’s feeling extra hungry, she’ll have the wild-caught salmon burger.
292 Elizabeth St. (at E. Houston St.); 212-226-5775 or siggysgoodfood.com
Heather Andersen, Founder of New York Pilates
When she’s not teaching classes on the Reformer, you can find this former pro ballet dancer at Smile to Go, grabbing a collard greens Caesar salad for lunch.
22 Howard St. (at Crosby St.); 646-863-3893 or thesmilenyc.com
Katie Richey, Instructor at Lyons Den Power Yoga
This rule-breaker is all about eating breakfast for lunch. She’s really into the Mediterranean Breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda, but if you’re planning to go, she suggests going to this super-popular lunch spot before 1 p.m. and eating at the counter to avoid crowds.
50 Carmine St. (at Bedford St.); 646-669-9888 or jackswifefreda.com
Velma Maynard-Jacobs, Personal Trainer at New York Health & Racquet Club
After getting sweaty at the gym, Maynard-Jacobs heads to East Village lunch spot Eva’s Kitchen to refuel. She’s currently obsessing over the protein-packed Victory Plate--grilled chicken with steamed veggies, brown rice and tahini dressing.
11 W. Eighth St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-677-3496 or evas.nyc
Vanessa Packer, Founder of modelFIT
Packer isn’t just into fitness; she’s also a holistic nutritionist, so we’re taking her lunch choices very seriously. She loves to order a green juice and a hearty salad with quinoa from Nolita vegetarian joint The Butcher’s Daughter…and now it’s one of our faves, too.
19 Kenmare St. (at Elizabeth St.); 212-219-3434 or thebutchersdaughter.com
Noam Tamir, Founder of TS Fitness
Up to five times a week, Tamir fuels up at healthy lunch chain Muscle Maker Grill--but salads aren’t his thing. Instead, he orders the teriyaki chicken with veggies and brown rice or the Godfather, a mountain of chicken, peppers and broccoli topped with cheese.
Locations throughout NYC; 212-807-1000 or musclemakergrill.com