Eating healthy in NYC

Traveling and eating healthy is easy if you have the right mindset and do a little planning. I thought for my travels to New York City would be a great example of eating healthy when you're not at home. Below is my "Food Log" for one full day of what my husband and I ate in while in NYC this past fall! I have been lucky enough to visit this city on mulitiple occasions and these are a few of my favorite spots.

P.S. Scroll to the bottom of the post where included a few extra tips for eating healthy during travel.

Breakfast: Bluestone Lane

Bluestone lane has locations all throughout the city from the upper east side down to Brooklyn. The gluten free bread here is very impressive! But they also have wheat bread if you like that. Plus you'll save some money because they charge $2 extra for gluten free. The only "downside" to this place is we found it to be a tad overpriced. However, the coffee was good and the toast didn't disappoint!

"His" plate a savory avocado toast topped with a poached egg.

"Her" plate with a sweet tooth as always. Banana toast with almond butter and cinnamon (removed the honey drizzle).

Lunch: Hu Kitchen

Hu Kitchen located between East Village and Midtown it's a good spot to visit on multiple occasions. Their menu changes daily and they have many options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's got something for everyone, plant based or paleo. The focus here is using quality ingredients.

"His" plate filled with Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli

"Her" plate is meatloaf with roasted spiced acorn squash and cauliflower

Snack: By The Way Bakery

This bakery located on the upper eat side is a great option to stop in after walking around the MET. It is a specialty bakery that only makes gluten free/dairy free desserts. We ordered a brownie, almond cookie, and a large coffee. Took it to the park where we sat down and thoroughly enjoyed our treats. These were loaded with sugar, but after all the walking my blood sugars were in a perfect place for it! (click the images to enlarge)

Dinner: Jack Freidas wife

Jack Freidas in Greenwich Village just above Soho served us a great meal for such simple food. The restaurant has a vintage feel with it's decor and a great music playlist.

"His" plate was the classic burger and fries. Happy to have such a large portion of fries because we totally were splitting those!

"Her" plate was the breakfast bowl, 3 scrambled eggs, spaghetti squash, quinoa, sauté kale, avocado, and pickled radish. I wanted something on the lighter side because my lunch was so heavy! Plus I could eat "breakfast food" for any meal.

3 Extra Tips:

  1. Start planning before you pack! As soon as you know where you're going to be staying for your trip, pull up google maps. Zoom in on your location and see what restaurants are in the area. Another easy way is by simply typing in your search bar "healthy restaurants in _______ area" Use your phone to "Pin" on the iphone maps app adding multiple restaurants that have healthy options.

  2. Find local grocery stores near you. This is always a great way to save money and have access to fresh produce. Such as fresh fruit, single serve nut butters, lunch meat & crackers!

  3. I like to remind myself that it is okay to have one or two meals that might not be "healthy" because eating something your tastebuds want can be is good for the mind! You can always try splitting something (not so healthy) so you don't eat too much of it. When I split "junk food" with my husband it helps keep my blood-sugar in control and my tummy from getting upset from too much greasy or sugary foods.

Come hang on instagram @fashionfaithfood to see what healthy restaurants I'm visiting next!

xxo- Your faithful friend

Charlotte Faith