My Favorite Places For Healthy On The Go Meals

One of the major changes I needed to adjust to with my new job was my eating schedule. I’m either at home or I’m out and about going to meetings, events, visiting with coworkers, etc. I’ll often find myself out around lunch time and the inevitable question presents itself…where should I go get lunch?

Thankfully, I’m highly turned off by fast food (i.e. MacDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King). Also, thankfully, I’ve found that there are many places where it is easy to stop in and grab a healthy meal.

Here are some of my favorite places to go and grab a quick, healthy meal. Convenient doesn’t have to be bad for you!

Panera

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This one is probably the post obvious, but who doesn’t love Panera? With an array of soups, sandwiches and salads your taste buds can never get bored. I also love how they list their calories on their menu. I’m a big fan of the You Pick Two and my new fav combo is the Roasted Turkey Avocado Sandwich and the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad. I highly recommend getting their rewards card for freebies and discounts!

Little Greek

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Even though this place is a chain it’s my favorite Greek place in St. Pete (there’s not a lot of options). I haven’t even had their gyro because every time I go I can’t help but get their Greek salad. Their grilled chicken is amazing! It has that grilled taste and really makes the salad.

Chipotle/Tijuana Flats

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I’m a burrito bowl lover and both of these locations offer an awesome, fresh tasting burrito bowl (in Tijuana Flat’s case it’s the Noritto Bowl). Rice, beans, meat and salsa. Can’t go wrong with that.

Rollboto

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This is a local eatery that serves up sushi at a fast pace. Think of Subway but with sushi. You can choose from one of their signature rolls or create your own. You can even substitute brown rice! They also have lots of healthy side options such as miso soup, seaweed salad and cucumber salad.

Publix/Whole Foods/Fresh Market/Rollin’ Oats

I love Publix for when I want a freshly made wrap. It’s also easy to grab healthy snacks like fruit bowls, veggies, etc. Whole Foods has an awesome (albeit costly) salad bar and I love that I can grab a pre made juice/smoothie. Fresh Market also has freshly made sandwiches, salads, sides and sushi already ready to grab and go. Rollin’ Oats is one of my favorite grocery stores in St. Pete. They also have a grab and go area with freshly made sandwiches and salads. Or you can order off their menu at their café. I also love getting a fresh juice or smoothie here as well.

What are your favorite on the go places?

Shake It

Zumba was fabulous 🙂 It’s been awhile…I almost forgot how to shake my butt!

What I love most about zumba is how an hour can just fly by…espicially when you’re amongst friends…it just feels like one big dance party.

Unfortunately there was barely any air movement in the super cute dance studio where the class was held. So needless to say it was a super sweat sesh.

Our weekend was spent in Cape Coral. We’ve been having many wonderful weekends there the past few times we’ve been down. So much so I will save our fun for a separate post 🙂

This…

…was not how I wanted to start my morning, day or week. I hate having blood drawn, but in a nutshell if we want cheaper health insurance at work we must participate in a health screening each year. The results are pretty interesting to look over, but gosh I hate this part 🙁

I rushed back to my office afterwards to chow down on some overnight oats I brought from home.

Around lunch time I was still feeling a bit out of it and decided I needed something really substantial and possibly unhealthy.

I ended up with 3 Publix chicken tenders, a garden salad and a “new to me” Brianna’s poppy seed dressing. All went very well together.

Dear Publix, please include spinach salads in your salad selection because this is not salad…at least not to me.

Snack was my new favorite Luna bar…it was so good I gobbled it up before I could snap a photo of the actual bar 🙂

Got in a quick Open Gym sesh at Fit for Fashion that included running in the sweltering heat, burpees and kettleball swings. Then a stop at Rollin’ Oats to get some quick dinner and lunch items for the week.

Met up with a dear friend at her apartment so we could dine al fresco for dinner and share a bottle of wine. Leftovers for her, and I piled my plate with yumminess from Rollin’ Oats.

A spinach feta turkey burger with a side of quinoa salad with sweet peas and sesame green beans. Everything was really good…I espicially enjoyed the green beans. Turkey burger was flavorful and moist, which I was kind of surprised for take away food.

I love it when the sky looks like this…

Conversation Starter: Did your week start off on a high note or a low note?

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