As a personal trainer in Westport, CT I get asked all the time about where to pick up a healthy breakfast or lunch in town. When schedules get busy or we want to meet up with a friend, these are all easy go-tos you can feel good about eating.
When ordering out my biggest tip is to look for things that are made from real ingredients and as fresh as possible. Raw, grilled, steamed and citrusy instead of fried, sautéed, sugary and creamy. Bonus points for organic, GMO free, gluten free and locally sourced. All meals should include a lean protein, fresh vegetables and some healthy fat. If I workout, I’ll add a complex carb like fruit, rice, potatoes, quinoa or oats.
Green & Tonic
My day starts early and between training my clients and then training myself, I need to be well-fueled. I love knowing what I'm putting in my body is the real thing with no chemicals. A plant-based cafe, the entire menu is gluten free, dairy free and vegan, offering options for any food preference. They have coffee and tea, smoothies and smoothie bowls, salads, soups, wraps, meals and baked goods.
My go-to order is a steamed Mexican Mocha and a Zenergy Smoothie or Power Acaí Bowl bowl.
The Mexican Mocha is cold brew coffee, almond mylk, cacao powder, and cinnamon. Then they add a pinch of cayenne and dash of agave for the perfect spicy and sweet combination. It's served over ice, but I usually asked for it steamed especially in colder months.
The Zenergy Smoothie Bowl is matcha green tea, banana, spinach, almond butter, coconut mylk, cinnamon, bee pollen, hemp seeds & granola. It's the perfect mix of nutrients, healthy fats, and superfoods to fuel you through the morning or recovery post-workout. The Power Acaí Bowl is a delicious blend of acaí, banana, almond mylk, almond butter, chia seeds & granola. Acaí berries are full of energy-boosting and anti-aging phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Cos Cob, and Greenwich
The Granola Bar
The perfect cute and casual restaurant to meet up with a friend. I like The Standard which is 3 eggs any style with bacon and greens and a Hot Ginger Lemon Tea. The Shrek smoothie is also great and you can add pea protein. They have build your own avocado toast, with toppings like apple and goat cheese, buffalo chicken, or a soft egg. Then there’s salads like the nourishing Macro Bowl or protein-packed Naughty Cobb.
Westport, Fairfield, Greenwich and Stamford
A plant-based kitchen offering juices, meals and snacks that are all gluten free, GMO free, vegan and vegetarian. I love the protein bowls like the Nourish Bowl and a Health-ade Kombucha or the Protein Boost Smoothie. Every item is totally aligned with their motto: "Let food be they medicine and medicine be they food" -Hippocrates. We are what we eat, and it's great to see more local places with nourishing foods you can feel good about eating.
Southport and New Canaan
The Simple Greek
A fast-casual restaurant offering a mix of flavors from the Greece and Mediterranean seaboard with build your own bowls (rice or lentil), salads and gyros. There’s also vegan toppings like lentils, beans and hummus. My go-to order is a salad or rice bowl + chicken gyro + lentils + cucumbers + kalamata olives or pickled onions + hummus + feta cheese + tzatziki. SO good!
Garelick and Herbs
When I need a quick and healthy lunch, I’ll pop in here for a delicious salad. All their food is organic and prepared fresh. My favorite salad creation is an arugula base + grilled chicken + sun-dried tomatoes + chickpeas + cucumbers + avocado with ginger dressing. They also have seasonal soups, grain salads, entrees and great coffee.
Southport, Westport, New Canaan, and Greenwich
Embody Fitness Gourmet
Shakes, juices, salad bowls and protein+veggie bowls all with ingredients you can feel good about. They're open every day for breakfast and lunch. I love the Embody Bowl which has eggs, turkey bacon, a sprinkle of cheddar and veggies. The Deep Green Juice with kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon, mint and ginger is another favorite.
Westport, Darien and New Canaan