So, we’ve covered the basics of a quick, healthy breakfast. (How’s that avocado toast been treating you?) But lunchtime is a whole different story. For help saying no to the burgers--and yes to the kale salads--we tapped local pros who definitely know their healthy eats, because it’s kinda their job. Here’s what seven top Chicago trainers have for lunch on a weekday.

Yoga Six’s Deirdre Ring-Marrinson: Snap Kitchen
Yes, lasagna is part of a balanced diet. As a manager at Yoga Six, Ring-Marrinson balances for a living--and her go-to lunch spot is Snap Kitchen. Her order? Grass-fed lamb lasagna with a Far East Turmeric Elixir. (Turmeric. So hot right now.)
Chicago locations here

SoulCycle’s Hallie Wilson: Lyfe Kitchen
For a quick, nutritious lunch, SoulCycle instructor Hallie Wilson heads to Lyfe Kitchen. She cycles between (get it?) gluten-free and vegan entrées, including the Kale Caesar Salad and the Quinoa Crunch Wrap.
Chicago locations here

Core Power Yoga’s Rachel Hirsch: Chicago Raw
Raw satiates pizza cravings with uncooked, plant-based products. For real. Hirsch, an instructor at Core Power Yoga, has a thing for its vegan pizza--think wheat-berry crust, cashew cheese and hazelnut pesto.
Locations here    

Exhale’s Mia Zifkin: Firefly Kitchen
You’re in the ’burbs and have only 30 minutes for lunch. What to do? Grab a chopped chicken salad at Firefly Kitchen. Zifkin, Exhale Evanston’s studio director, orders it up almost daily. And on cold days, she throws in a lemon-ginger tea.
111 Green Bay Rd.; 224-408-2464 or ffkitchen.com

Studio Three’s Erin Schirack: Mixed Greens
Here’s the secret recipe for a cycling teacher’s salad. Schirack of Studio Three heads to Mixed Greens to toss together kale, avocado, tofu or chicken, almond slices, and “all the veggies all they have.” She tops it all off with a dash of feta and honey-lime vinaigrette. We’re so stealing this.
308 W. Erie St.; 312-888-3044 or saladjoint.com

Core Power’s Chelsea Gartner: Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen
As studio manager at Core Power Yoga Gold Coast, Gartner is hooked on the California Salad at Doc B’s. The dish is filled to the brim with ingredients like avocado, pistachio, dried cranberries and wasabi peas. But--and this is the important part--don’t forget the side of sweet-potato fries.
Chicago locations here

Equinox’s Julie Valenti: Wellness Grub
There are Wellness Grub cafés in both the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park Equinox locations. So Valenti, the gym’s director of regional group fitness, doesn’t have to leave work to find a decent lunch. Before workouts, her usual snack is the is the Energy Ball, made from dates and nuts; after class, she heads back for the Super Green Protein + Smoothie. Wellness in a cup.
Gold Coast and Lincoln Park locations here

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