healthy options eating out
Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I know you make a green smoothie and take it to work in a quart jar. But what about when you get up late, don’t have time, and you’re out in town and STARVING? What do you eat?
Answer: Here, locally (Utah County), my favorite thing to do is go to New York Burrito at about 1600 N. State, Orem. Get a vegetarian wrap on a whole-wheat tortilla. Skip the white rice (they don’t have brown rice, but mention that you hope they start using it). Instead, get lots of black beans. (They don’t salt their black beans.) Then ask for TONS of extra romaine and tomatoes, and have some onions (and guacamole and salsa) for plenty of RAW. You’re out the door for under $5 and 5 minutes, with a whole-food lunch that tastes great–and New York Burrito doesn’t even cater to the health conscious.
You can look around for healthy options like this and know where to head on a day you’re crazy-busy. If you’re in Springville, anything you get at Ginger’s is really tasty and also raw and really nutritious.
If I’m in a sit-down restaurant with friends, I try to avoid Mexican and Chinese, because they rarely have a lot of raw ingredients. And I mostly stick to salads. Ask for special things in it–like, skip the chicken, please, and give me extra spring greens and lentils instead, or whatever.
At Pizza Factory, I get pasta and veggies–only the pasta I order is actually the steamed yellow squash noodles (this dish is fantastic with any sauce). And instead of going to the salad bar where the lettuce is iceberg, I ask them to bring me a plate of romaine and build my salad from there. (Iceberg lettuce is nutritionally pointless; darker greens are so much better for you. Every time I do this in a restaurant, everyone else at the table does it, too.)
Any tips you have for each other would be appreciated.