5 Healthy Spots That Won’t Weigh You Down
Your lunch problems, solved.
Your workday (and your lunch) doesn’t have to be bland – spice up your mid-day break with a healthy meal that won’t weigh you down.
Poke — Hawaiian raw fish salad and rice bowls with healthy toppings like seaweed, avocado and edamame — has traditionally been popular in Hawaii and California. Get a taste of the West Coast with a build-your-own poke bowl. Select high quality, ahi tuna or salmon, chicken, shrimp or tofu, over rice and choose from healthy toppings like avocado, seaweed salad, edamame, kale and more.
185 Camp St., Providence, 868-1247, hometownpoke.com.
This Australian-inspired cafe serves Instagram-worthy avocado toast. Think: ripe avocado mash with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and microgreens, plus the option to add smoked salmon and/or a local poached egg. If you’re looking for a heartier portion, order the strawberry goat cheese salad with organic greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese, red onion, watermelon radish, chia seeds and house-made balsamic dressing. Add grilled chicken if you prefer.
400 Exchange St., Providence, 648-4994, sydneypvd.com.
This vegan chain offers fast food for a healthier world. Even carnivores line up for tasty bites including the guacamole veg burger made from a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with guacamole, corn salsa, lettuce, tomato, onion and more on either a whole grain or gluten free bun. Plus, snack on faux-fried, air-baked french fries with beet ketchup for a guiltless gut.
223 Thayer St., Providence, 213-8798, eatbychloe.com
Benefit Juice Bar and Cafe
The best on Benefit is a quaint corner cafe, nestled in the cozy confines of Providence’s academic hub. The Euro-bistro juice joint serves up fresh, made-to-order juices and whole fruit smoothies including an omega boost blend of mangos, strawberries, pineapples, almond milk and chia seeds. Pair that with a caprese panini, made from fontina, fresh mozzarella and house-made tomato basil walnut pesto and you’ll be full and (fully energized) for the rest of the day.
404 Benefit St., Providence, 274-6403, benefitjuicebar.wixsite.com.
The Grange hosts your favorite morning meal every day except Tuesdays. The vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu offers plenty of options for a mid-day break that veer into non-carnivorous territory, too. Try the roasted veggie bowl, made with sprouts and other roasted vegetables, rice and avocado seeds, and drizzled with lemon olive oil. If you want breakfast for lunch, opt for the Huevos Rojos, and pick from eggs or tofu, paired with black beans, avocado, queso fresco, (and salsa if you please!) on either flour or corn tortillas.
166 Broadway, Providence, 831-0600, providencegrange.com.