Healthy Lunch
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The New Year is here and everyone is trying to burn off those holiday indulgences in the gym. Not to mention all the champagne we popped to bring in 2018. It almost feels like an easy fix to commit to leg day this week and boom, all problems solved. Sure, committing to your new regimen is a start, but it’s half the battle. You know something deep down that’s the true game changer? Your eating habits.

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So, in between googling for meal prep recipes and trying to figure out when you’ll have time to grocery shop, eat out. We’ve compiled five healthy options in New York City that are not only delicious, but keep you on track with your body goals.

Lunch

The Little Beet

DIY your way into the Little Beet and make your own protein plate to go. With a number options, made fresh, you’ll find it hard to decide what to leave with. They have locations all over the city, which makes it easy to meet up with friends who you’re trying to convince to eat clean.

135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020, thelittlebeet.com

Atla

After a run, you won’t regret stopping into Atla. Their menu is one to brag about with flaxseed chilaquiles and their guacamole goat cheese toast. Lunch here is light and won’t have you compromising your recent workout.

372 Lafayette Street,  New York, NY 10012, atlanyc.com/

Healthy Lunch

By Chloe

By Chloe makes being vegan look like a dream. With a menu that has everything from burgers to brunch fare, you’ll definitely be in for a treat on your first visit and all the ones to follow. 

185 Bleeker St., New York, NY 10012, bychefchloe.com

Healthy restaurant

Late Night

Superiority Burger

Going out can become our enemy once hunger settles in and the food options are slim in the city. However, you can count on Superiority’s complete vegetarian menu with options for vegans too. Who doesn’t want to bite into their Mega Mouth burger at 2 a.m. and not feel bad about it on abs day?

430 E. 9th St., New York, NY, 10009, superiorityburger.com

Van Leeuwen

One of the biggest issues people face when trying to switch up their diet is experiencing a lack of flavor in their new choices. While you won’t be having ice cream all the time, when you are indulging, you’ll want to consider healthier options. Van Leeuwen is changing the game with ice cream made of organic coconut milk and house-made cashew milk, leaving the dairy out your diet. You won’t even be able to tell the difference from their vegan ice cream so might as well treat yourself.

204 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, vanleeuwenicecream.com

 

Van Leeuwen
You won’t regret this indulgence! Van Leeuwen serves vegan friendly ice cream in dozens of flavors.

Cheat day is about to start looking very different for you, but your body will thank you for it!

Honorable Mentions: Dudley’s, Nix, Sweet Green

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Manzo Ristorante

So, you’re visiting New York City and have a list of things to see, but where are you going to eat? While you won’t be able to chew your way through the entire city, here are a few suggestions when you only have one day in the culinary capital of the world.

Brunch 

Your feet are going to get a lot of use during your time in the concrete jungle, so you’ll need to start your day with a healthy brunch. At Essex, located in the Lower East Side neighborhood, you can enjoy flavorful dishes including Lobster Benedict and challa bread french toast. They also have an ever-tempting offer of bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or screwdrivers. Don’t go too crazy though, since you still have the whole day ahead of you! Keep in mind that Essex is a popular spot, so be sure to book a reservation in advance if you can.

Brunch Meal Essex Restaurant
Don’t forget to toss on your walking shoes before you head out to this brunch spot. Essex is sure to give you a hearty meal to take on the day.

Lunch

During your visit, you simply must order some pizza. Period. The debate on New York’s best pizza spot is hotly contested. Traditionalists declare the city’s O.G. Lombardi’s as king. Die-hards sing praises to Joe’s, John’s, and Patsy’s. The list goes on, but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and put something a little unexpected on the table: &pizza.

&pizza is known for its outside-the-box pies in a signature oblong shape. Making it’s debut in NYC in 2016, the D.C. transplant has been largely considered one of the best new pizza spots in the city. You can choose one of their funky creations or have total control and create your own. Seriously. You have the choice of everything from toppings and finishes such as Italian sausage and hot honey, down to your choice of dough and sauces.

&Pizza
Even the pickiest eater will be able to create something they love at &pizza.

Dinner

After a long day on the go, slow down with a nice dinner. At Eataly NYC Flatiron, kill two birds with one stone by crossing a must-visit off your list and enjoy a delicious meal while you’re there. Inside its flagship Flatiron District location, Manzo Ristorante has one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten on its menu (the Bistecca alla Fiorentina) and a wide wine and cocktail selection for every palate. It’s worth an author’s note that I used to work here. Still, I’m always sure to recommend it to any friend coming to town.

Manzo Ristorante
In the mood for a nice, juicy steak with a glass of wine? Look no further than Manzo Ristorante!

Dessert  

Before you end your journey through the city that never sleeps, indulge in a slice of authentic New York-style cheesecake. There’s no better place to go than Junior’s, a restaurant and bakery that’s best known for its “World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake.” The cheesecake lives up to its name, as this dessert is hands down one of my favorites for its cake-like crust and its just right texture balance between creamy and firm. They also have a large selection of other desserts, from decadent red velvet cake to ginormous smoothies. There are a few locations including one in Midtown. You can head over after your Broadway show for a sweet end to your night!

Junior's Cheescake
The perfect night cap to a busy day in the bustling city of New York. You won’t be disappointed in your decision to indulge in this sweet treat!
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Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

As a busy entrepreneur, I’m always looking for on the go eats like Fresh & Co. One of the things I love most about this brand, is that they’re all over New York City so I’m never too far away. I recently discovered that they have their own app. Lucky for me, they sent me $10 for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to redeem it. I’m somewhat of a regular at Fresh & Co. so I’m here for all the perks they offer.

Fresh & Co Ingredients
My usual order is the Tex Mex bowl. It comes with a spicy tex mex sauce, fresh avocado, melted cheese, beans, pico de gallo and fresh kale. You also have the choice of quinoa or rice and I almost always choose quinoa. Not sure how to properly say Quinoa? Watch my video here. I love how good I feel after I have this dish, and love how filling it is as well.

Fresh& Co Adobo Chicken

The Fresh & Co staff are extremely sweet and work efficiently. You can always count on them to adjust the heat in your dish and make great recommendations for proteins. The adobo chicken is my go to which they layer over the bowl. There are other options but I was told tthe adobo chicken is the best, and it’s the most affordable.

Fresh & Co Tea
You can grab iced teas at Fresh & Co. too. But I try to grab a red jacket with my meal if the location is offering it. Every location can be a little different but the food is always great. I never run into too long of a line and there’s always plenty of seating. The packaging is perfect for taking your order with you. It keeps the food warm and maintains the taste. Next time you’re feeling healthy and don’t want to compromise on flavor, choose Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co Tex Mex Bowl

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The day is in your forever in your favor when you walk into Blend and you see they are having $5 Mojito’s all day!

Though I don’t normally find myself having lunch in Queens, I’m glad I didn’t pass up an invite to Blend. When in Rome, you order Mojito’s like the special calls for and you start your day on the right foot even though you didn’t have breakfast that morning. Enjoy yourself! Dine out with people who won’t judge you for drinking during lunch.

     

Mojito Blend

As usual, I couldn’t resist getting the Ropa Vieja off the menu. Considering Blend had a Latin flair to it, I knew i couldn’t go wrong with this option  With braised beef accompanied by rice and sweet plantains. It didn’t fail me. The combo itself, which I’m very familiar with, is one of the best combos put on a plate and served. A little bit of the pork, that has a great chew and sauce to it, with the perfectly cooked rice, and sweetness of the plantain will have you swooning. I’m sure it helped that the Mojito’s just kept coming.

Ropa Vieja Blend

The vibe at Blend is pretty laid back. The environment is full of relatively simple aesthetics that made it perfect for a quick lunch or a really casual date. However, if you would like to step it up a notch and looking for something different and a little more upscale, they also have another location called , Blend on the Water.  Just remember, the environment you choose while dining out can make or break your experience.

I ended my lunch at Blend with the Bread Pudding for dessert but wasn’t a huge fan. The ice cream was good but the pudding needed an upgrade, So you may want to opt for something else on the menu when you’re ending your time there.

Dessert Blend

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STATS Dirty bird Atlanta
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When I’m off the eaten path, I try to go to as many places as possible since I don’t know when I may be in that city again. On my last visit to Atlanta, I was staying near a sports bar named STATS and I was very reluctant to check it out despite the length of my stay and proximity to the location. Right before my flight, I finally gave in.

STATS is such a sports bar to its core but the menu is right out of a show on food network. It was still early so the place was close to empty but I snuggled into a booth to see what they could possibly be working with. I ordered a drink recommended by the down to earth waitress attending me, and the drink was everything I imagined it to be. There’s nothing worse than ordering a drink and it tastes off from what you expected.

STATS Dirty bird Atlanta

The menu was the kind that will leave you ordering 4 items because it all sounds good. My waitress didn’t steer me wrong on my drink, so I went with her judgment on the Dirty Bird despite my dislike for coleslaw. She mentioned what a good pairing it was with the crispy chicken and she was spot on. The sandwich was a little bigger than I was hungry for but every bite was perfection. It was perfectly crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and came with the right size french fries needed. I tip my hat off to the chefs at STATS for making my food experience memorable and being more than just your average sports bar.

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The last thing I thought during my trip to Connecticut, was that I would find some finger licking BBQ for lunch. I had just wrapped up my interview at Access Tv and Brandon Frame said he knew a great spot. We walked through the rain, passed a few restaurants, and entered Bears. I immediately noticed that the place had plenty of seating and learned that they’re normally packed at all hours. It was still somewhat early but I could sense the real lunch rush was coming and I should make some decisions.

Bears

The menu at Bears is on the wall but the food is also right in front of you to pick out and eat with your eyes. I opted for a combo which consisted of two meats and two sides. I couldn’t resist the burnt ends which are said to be a delicacy in the bbq world. They looked too amazing to say no to and were worth every bite. Bears also provides four kinds of BBQ sauces that you can grab at your table, have it served on the side or all over your meats. The fountain drinks are also self serve here but they aren”t your standard fountain drinks; let’s just say they like to stay within the theme.

Burnt Ends

Turkey upclose

I also tried the turkey breast which was so beautifully cut. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t find the turkey to be boring. The sauces at Bears are all over the place, from the sriracha to their grizzly sauce, so there were plenty of ways to spice things up if needed. The best part of this meal was that I was able to take some home to snack on later. Though I couldn’t save my fries, I was able to save plenty of the macaroni and cheese, which I couldn’t wait to sit with at home.

Mac and cheese

Bears really seemed to be the local favorite BBQ spot and when I’m back in the area, it just might be mine.

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