Eating Out: My Favorite Lunch & Dinner Options

Eating Out: My Favorite Lunch + Dinner Options

As a dancer and athlete it’s incredibly important to fuel you body with good food and ENOUGH food! But with the busy schedule that this profession provides, it’s not always easy to prep and cook fresh, nutritious meals. I find that there is a negative stigma associated with eating out and how it can never be a healthy option but that’s definitely not the case. Not only are their more nutritious options available now more than ever, but dining out gives you the opportunity to support local businesses. I wanted to share some of my preferred lunch and dinner meals that I order to show you the eating out and eating mindfully can be one in the same!

1. Commune Norfolk Veggie Rice Plate

A local favorite restaurant, this meals combines three side dishes: Fried Egg, Steamed Rice, and Roasted Seasonal Vegetables.

Commune Norfolk Veggie Rice Plate
Commune Norfolk Veggie Rice Plate

2.The Stockpot Norfolk Fried Rice Bowl

Another local gem, this is The Stockpot’s OG Fried Rice which has brown basmati rice, carrots, cabbage, red onion, kale, tamari-ginger sauce, 2 fried eggs, and house made kimchi.

The Stockpot Norfolk Fried Rice Bowl
The Stockpot Norfolk Fried Rice Bowl

3. Chipotle Burrito Bowl

My go-to Chipotle order is a burrito bowl with cilantro-lime brown rice, black beans, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, romaine lettuce, and tomatillo green chili salsa.

Chipotle Burrito Bowl​
Chipotle Burrito Bowl

4.TASTE Unlimited Salad

A restaurant with multiple locations in Virginia, I love going to TASTE Unlimited and getting my the Create Your Own Salad. Here I got Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, carrots, cabbage, a hard boiled egg, arugula, and roasted red pepper.

TASTE Unlimited Salad
TASTE Unlimited Salad

5. Yorgo’s Bageldashery Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich + Salad

This bageldashery is right down the street from the studio so during my lunch break I refill with my favorite vegan egg salad on a whole wheat bagel with a fresh side salad.

Yorgo’s Bageldashery Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich + Salad
Yorgo’s Bageldashery Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich + Salad

6.Cava Greens + Grains Bowl

Another one of my frequent meals is a Cava Grains and Grain Bowl. Here I combined their spring mix with brown basmati rice, roasted eggplant hummus, roasted vegetables, diced cucumbers, pickled onion, cabbage slaw, and yogurt dill dressing.

Cava Greens + Grains Bowl
Cava Greens + Grains Bowl

Eat Up!

At each of these restaurants, both locations gems and national chains, I was able to find nutrient dense foods. I always make sure to load up on protein, complex carbs, vitamin rich fruits and veggies, and unsaturated fats. Hopefully, this can help expand your mind as to what it can looks like to Eat Out. Plus, if you are ever in Virginia make sure to visit the local restaurants listed above, I’d also love to hear some of your hometown favorites or go-to restaurants orders. Till then, make sure to fuel up in a smart and balanced way to help you be the best that you can be! For even more nutrient tips make sure to check out some of my Snack Smarter Dance Stronger Blog or order one of my Eating Guides.

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Love, Casey

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