Category Archives: Lunch

Native Foods Cafe

After hearing about Native Foods Cafe for several months, it was finally time to grub! I browsed their menu online and was able to order ahead of time so that I could grab my food for lunch and head back to the office.

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I was so excited to see “Sri Lankan Curried Tater Bites”  on the seasonal menu. I mean, how could I not order them?! They were $6.99 I also ordered the kids meal (shhh!) with chicken fingers and a side of veggies for $4.99. I set my pick-up time for 1p.m., but my food wasn’t ready until 1:10p.m. No big deal, but in the future, I’ll set my pick-up time a bit earlier!

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The food came boxed up. I forgot to take a picture of the veggies, but they were carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. For a kids portion, the veggies’ portion was quite generous! No complaints here.

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The taters were TO. DIE. FOR. They were absolutely delicious, and my only issue was that I didn’t order more. We call them “cutlets”, and in Sri Lanka they can be filled with potatoes, fish, or chicken. These were filled with potatoes and had an incredible dipping sauce. Next time, I’ll ask for extra sauce on the side. native4

Only three chicken fingers were included in the kids meal, and they had a more “baked” texture instead of “fried”, which I’m sure made it healthier. Y’know, besides the ranch dressing! The portion was small for me, but would be great for a child.

I topped my meal off with lavender lemonade, which came with my kids’ meal. It was crisp, refreshing, and tasty!

While Native Foods is a bit pricier than normal, the quality was great. I was able to get a small drink, a side of veggies, cutlets, and chicken fingers for about $12 and felt full. I can’t wait to go back and try some new menu items, too!

Mango Pineapple Salsa

 

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If you’re looking for the perfect summer salsa, you’ve come to the right place. I love salsas and dips, so it was about time I started to make my own! This sweet salsa has a tiny kick to it and is ideal for dipping with chips, on top of chicken, or even by itself. Plus, did I mention it’s super easy to prepare?

Ingredients:
-3/4 large pineapple
-1 mango
-1 cucumber
-1 red onion
-1 tomato
-1 tablespoon salt
-1 tablespoon red chili pepper (or, to taste)

Directions:
Slice pineapple, mango, and tomatoes into cubes.
Julienne cucumber and onions.
Add fruits and veggies to bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Drain excess liquid if desired.
Top with salt and chili pepper.
If you want a more liquid-like salsa as opposed to chunky, throw all ingredients into the blender for 30 seconds.
Enjoy!

Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

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I have a general rule when buying groceries: the longer the shelf life, the more likely it is to be filled with no-good ingredients. Chemicals, preservatives, and artificial dyes help lengthen shelf life, but it’s certainly not lengthening yours! I’ve found that so many store-bought salad dressings are jam-packed with ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. I’ve always been a classic ranch kind of girl, but I’ve been experimenting with different dressings to help spare calories as well as mix it up for my taste buds. I researched a couple different Greek salad dressings and came up with this delicious mix that was super easy to make at home. I highly recommend it on sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers!

 

Ingredients:
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Whisk together and enjoy!

Keeping It Healthy on Road Trips

I absolutely love traveling, and road trips are no different for me. There’s something so exhilirating about filling your car to the brim with essentially everything you own! No baggage requirement? No need to keep fluids under 3 ounces? You’ve got me sold. Plus, you are often saving money on airfare, and you’re able to schedule your trip around our own time and make stops whenever you need them. If you’ve ever been cooped up on a 16 hour airplane flight, you know how great real life stretching is.

The only issue about road trips is food. Where should you eat? What restaurant is right off the freeway? What’s on the dollar menu? Since few people have time to sit down at a healthy restaurant or scout out a venue with good food, people often fall into the trap of scarfing down Big Macs and a Diet Coke in the car. Nothing ruins your fitness goals like eating a fatty burger every few hours.

However, it’s actually a lot easier to pack healthy foods than you think. Not only will you save money and time, you’ll be able to keep it clean and stay focused on your fitness goals. Remember to pack perishables with ice so they don’t spoil! Buy the ice the night before you leave and stash it in your freezer overnight if you are worried about time. It’s also worth investing in some good plastic containers and Tupperware for packing items that won’t fit in Zip-Loc bags.

I can’t tell you how easy it is to turn to sodas and sugary juices because they’re so easily accessible in drive-thrus. Instead, juice your favorite produce the morning of and throw it in an air-tight mason jar. I love Odwalla juice, individual Silk boxes, and Trader Joe’s “Green Plant” juice. It’s also so important to bring cases of water! They’re only $3 or $4 a case, which is the price of just two bottles in a normal drive thru.

Here’s what I brought on my 4 hour trip to Las Vegas:

 

Perfect Bars are just that: perfect! Peanut butter & almond butter are my favorite. They don’t need to be kept in the fridge, but taste great cold. I can’t explain to you how incredible these are. They taste like cookies, but are filled with super foods, nutrients, and vitamins. I buy mine at Sprouts and Mother’s Market for about $2.39 a bar.

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My favorite fruits to snack on are apples and bananas because they’re easy to hold. I slice up my apples so that they’re easy to grab out of the Tupperware container while driving. Bananas are easy to grip, but if you happen to drop it, please don’t slip on the peel!

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Slice cucumbers into pieces about 1/2 inch wide. They can be dipped in dressing or hummus, which is less messy. Fill the container with baby carrots, which are plenty sweet even by themselves.

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If you’re craving something sweet, healthy ginger snaps are delicious! Steer clear of sweets with refined sugar or too much fat.


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Other snack ideas include:
-frozen grapes
-Boom Chicka Pop popcorn
-cubed cheese
-frozen watermelon
-Jojo’s Chocolate Bark with protein powder
-whole wheat pita bread with spinach
-sliced sweet bell peppers
-crispy snap peas
-individual soy milk cartons
-avocado cubes (be sure that you don’t cut them too early or they will brown. You can lightly sprinkle them with lime juice to help delay the browning)
-hummus snack packs

What are your favorite snacks to bring on road trips?