With the New Year here, many of us are implementing New Year’s resolutions, learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to eating healthy and starting that dreaded diet. Personally, I’ve struggled with implementing consistent healthy/clean eating around work deadlines and day to day responsibilities. I’ve done it before, so I know the healthy task at hand is achievable. The question is, how am I going to accomplish the task?
One meal that I struggle the most with is lunch.
For my work day, about an hour lunch is what I can allow myself and more often than not, I won’t pack a lunch. When the clock hits 11 a.m., I’m usually asking myself the age old question – what’s for lunch or where am I going? With the New Year here, and goals in hand, the new question has been – where can I grab a quick, yet healthy lunch?
This past week, I did some research for my fellow readers who work in the neighborhood and ask this question regularly. One key consideration for this research has been quantity. Too often I find myself overeating for lunch, so these considerations don’t come on a caloric count, but health conscious and small in portion.
Here’s my five healthy lunches in the neighborhood to add to your lunch lineup. Enjoy.
1. Revival Market
Soup of the Day and Side
The soup of the day I enjoyed from Revival Market was their black bean stew. The soup is sized in a cup portion, just enough to be paired with a side. The side I chose was their couscous salad.
Find them at 550 Heights Blvd.
2. Urban Eats
Ratatouille & Baked Goat Cheese
The Ratatouille and Baked Goat Cheese is served in, roughly, a 16 oz serving dish. The dish is filled with roasted tomato ragout, with eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and carrot, baked until browned. The dish comes with three small sourdough rolls; I opted out of the bread.
Find them at 3414 Washington Ave.
3. Cyclone Anaya’s
This ceviche is lime and herb cured seafood served with avocado and crispy plantains. The portion size is just enough for a quick lunch. You can add on jumbo lump crab meat for a bolder lunch.
Find them at 1710 Durham Dr.
The Cobb Salad
The Cobb Salad at Kojak’s is served with avocado, bacon, blue cheese, egg, ham, tomato and dressing. I opted for only a third of the provided dressing and took out half of the bacon.
Find them at 1912 W 18th St.
5. A 2nd Cup
Southwestern Veggie Wrap
The Southwestern Veggie Wrap is served on a flour tortilla and filled with lettuce, tomato, black bean, corn, avocado, cilantro and has lime dressing. The wrap is served with kettle chips or a fruit salad. The portion is somewhat large with the side, so normally I’ll opt to eat half of the wrap and save the rest for dinner.
Find them at 1111 E 11th St.