A Quick Guide to Healthy Dining in the QC
Eating healthy is always a good idea, even though it isn’t always a convenient one. Whether it’s the challenge of juggling work and getting your kids to extra curricular activities or just a busy day filled with an endless list of errands, you still need to eat. Don’t rely on fast food or frozen meals to get you through your hectic week. Here are four restaurants to try if you’re in the mood for something quick and nutritious.
Luna’s Living Kitchen
Located in Southend’s Atherton Mill since 2010 is Luna’s Living Kitchen. The bright and open restaurant’s menu is filled with an array of organic, plant-based, and mostly raw items such as cold-pressed juices and plant-based dishes like zucchini noodle lasagna, vegan breads and cacao granola. The perfect “on the go” item is a cold-pressed juice. Each one is enriched with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which contribute to the strength of the immune system and the health of organs, bones, skin and hair.
Crisp has two South Charlotte locations including Dilworth, and their newest location (opening soon) in Latta Arcade. Crisp is know for their wide selection of salads but also has sandwiches, soups and pizza. The menu features an impressive array of toppings and dressings. All of their dishes are made with locally grown produce when in season and their fast service will have you in and out in no time.
Juice Bar Charlotte
Juice Bar also has multiple locations around Charlotte. Their juices and smoothies are vegetarian, gluten-free, organic when possible, and always made with 100% whole fruits and vegetables. You can choose from one of the options on the menu or come up with your own creation. One of my personal favorites is the Berry Good smoothie, which includes blueberry, banana, cashews, lemon and coconut milk. Juice Bar can become crowded around lunchtime but is much faster than most fast food restaurants.
Chop’t, a creative salad company, is the perfect place to grab a quick, healthy meal. They have a wide variety of toppings and dressings for wraps and salad.They pride themselves in using locally sourced ingredients and local artisans. At Chop’t, no sugar is used in any of their salad dressings. Agave nectar and honey are used as replacements in their sweet dressings. Chop’t features a long bar with three stations. You order your salad or wrap at the first station. The second location is where the food is chopped as finely as you prefer and the third station is where the dressing is added and the salad is tossed. Even during the lunch rush, the most it may take you to get your order is 10 minutes.