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Don’t Have Time to Cook Healthy Meals During Moving Week? Try These 7 Restaurants Instead
During a move, you have too many things on your mind. Your to-do list seems never-ending, and you’d prefer the list to shrink, not grow. But when you have to plan meals on top of organizing and executing a move, cooking dinner is probably the last thing on your mind.
You want to eat healthy, and although you may have a few tips to eat healthier during a move, you still lack the time you need or want to maintain a junk food-free diet. Would you believe it if we told you that you can go out to eat and still get healthy food?
Below, we’ve listed several restaurants throughout the country that offer healthier meal options. Read on and find which restaurants fit your taste preferences so you and your family can enjoy scrumptious, healthy foods during moving week.
1. Blaze Pizza
You don’t usually associate pizza with the word “healthy.” But at Blaze Pizza, you can have your pie and eat it, too. This eatery has a menu of signature pizzas that you can choose from, including healthy options like the Green Stripe, the Red Vine, and the Veg Out. These pre-assembled pizzas are packed with fresh ingredients like grilled chicken, roasted peppers, arugula, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, and mushrooms. And, each slice only has about 130 calories.
You can even build your own pizza with your preferred selection of traditional or gluten-free crust, veggies, meats, cheeses, and sauces. You’ll also find salads, such as Tomato, Basil, and Ovalini.
2. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Have a craving for Mexican food? Visit a Chipotle near you. Again, you might not think this restaurant has many healthy food options. But because the restaurant features the build-your-own meal service option, you control exactly what goes into your meal-and how many calories you consume.
For a more filling meal, order a burrito bowl packed with protein like steak and black beans. Or, for something a little lighter but still just as delicious, order a salad instead-it’s just like a burrito bowl but without the rice.
3. Jason’s Deli
If you like fresh, organic, deli-style foods, Jason’s Deli is your go-to eatery. Here, you can partake of various soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and pastas. Additionally, Jason’s Deli offers cuisine for those who eat vegetarian or gluten-free diets.
Choose from a wide selection of foods like French onion soup, chicken club salad, or a Mediterranean wrap.
4. Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
Do you like to sample multiple kinds of food for an affordable price? Then Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is the perfect restaurant for you to try. If you order one of the combos from Kneaders, you can sample your preferred combination of a soup, salad, or sandwich.
Sample delicacies like the Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich or salad alongside a piping hot cup of broccoli soup or tomato bisque. Want a fruitier option for dinner? Try salads like the Berry Delite or the Chicken Orange Citrus.
5. Noodles & Company
Maybe pasta isn’t exactly a food you’d usually call “healthy.” However, Noodles & Company offers a “500 calories or less” menu for customers to savor. When you visit this little bistro, you can choose from various options, such as the Med Salad with Chicken, Bangkok Curry, or Pesto Cavatappi.
Noodles & Company also features gluten-free options like the Napa Market Salad with Chicken or Pad Thai noodles. Additionally, any pasta dish can be made gluten-free if you ask the staff to switch out the pasta for their gluten-free fusilli pasta.
6. Seasons 52
Sometimes, you may just want to take time and visit a more upscale restaurant that offers affordable, scrumptious cuisine. At Seasons 52, you’ll get a dining experience to remember. The chefs at this eatery focus on bringing you the best foods of each season directly to your table.
Each entrée relies heavily on fresh veggies, and every dish contains fewer than 700 calories. You can sample various foods like Blackened Steak and Blue Cheese flatbread, Duck Wing “Lollipops,” Heirloom Tomato and Hass Avocado salad, BBQ Chicken salad, and Slow Braised Beef Tacos.
7. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes
Perhaps you have a larger family you need to feed during moving week. So why not take your loved ones to a buffet for dinner? If you go to either Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes (the name is different depending on which region you live in), you get a hefty buffet of salads, soups, pastas, and breads.
Salad options include the Strawberry Fields with Caramelized California Walnuts, the Tuna Tarragon, and the Poppy Seed Coleslaw. Soups range from hearty chilis and Irish Potato Leek soup to brothy chicken noodle soups.
Ready for Good Eats?
As you prepare for moving week, keep the restaurants above in mind. You’ll be glad that you can eat delicious and healthy food without having to worry about cooking and clean-up times. As a result, you can spend more time focusing on the more important moving tasks you have ahead of you.
Additionally, contact Bekins if you need help planning and executing your move or if you simply need to reserve a moving van. With our assistance and the tips found above, you’ll make moving week as easy and worry-free as possible.