Last weekend I travelled to both CT and NY. While in NY, we went to NYC and got to experience the city life of New Yorkers. This will sound weird, but I find being in NYC both invigorating and relaxing. That might sound contradicting, but I couldn’t be more honest. The city makes me excited, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on around you, but at the same time because it’s so full of life, there’s no time to think and dissect every little thought I have (hence it’s relaxing). Maybe a better way to describe it is that NYC allows me to fully be present in the moment.
Traveling can sometimes be a bit difficult when you have dietary restrictions and trying to find a good restaurant to grab a bite. Thankfully, we had been to NYC a few times so we knew where to go to find ourselves some good and healthy meals.
Here’s how our trip went…
In the morning I ate a bowl of fresh organic strawberries and raspberries we had bought at Whole Foods the day before. I was so grateful that we had a refrigerator in our hotel room. It really makes traveling and sticking to your healthy habits easier!
I also had a protein smoothie made of orange juice and 2 scoops of Shaklee Vanilla Life Shake. After that, we took the ferry from Staten Island into NYC. From there we took another ferry to get us closer to the district we were aiming for.
I actually felt rather “seasick” while riding the ferry, so I was extremely grateful to be back on land again!
We walked towards the Dr. office, where we were heading, and ended up going to this place called the Bistro Marketplace. It had so much variety- you seriously could get anything there! They had a hot buffet with Asian foods, American comfort food, and some regular grilled vegetables and meat. They also had a Udon stand, a Burrito stand, a cold salad bar, as well as a salad bar similar to Chop’t or Sweetgreens. Pros: you can definitely find anything there, so no matter what your dietary restrictions you’ll be fine. Plus plenty of healthy options to choose from: sushi, fresh fruit, salad, etc. Cons: There’s so much to choose from, there are plenty of temptations. I’m not going to lie, I did eye their desserts! (Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of our food there!)
What I really do love about NYC is that you do so much walking! By the end of the day I had walked about 7 miles.
After the appointment, I was starving! We walked and took our first ferry, after which we ended up looking for food in the Financial District/Wall Street. Since we have such a love for salads: it was salad again for dinner! We found a Chop’t pretty close by the ferry, and ended up grabbing a salad there. My go to salad is usually a create your own with kale as the base, chicken as my protein, lemon tahini dressing, roasted seasonal squash, rainbow carrots, apples, olives, and whatever other veggies I want that day. I also asked them to add an additional squeeze of lemon to the salad, which I’ve never done before, but it added a wonderful freshness to the salad.
As I’ve mentioned a gazillion times: no day is complete without something sweet! So after the salad, we (and by which I mean I) ran to check if my favourite smoothie and juice bar was still open. Thank goodness it was! We had stumbled across this awesome place a few years ago, when we were looking for dairy-free and gluten-free baked goods. But this time we went for some drinks! My parents raved about their juices, while I loved mine (and my brother’s)! Check out Terri if you’re in the Financial District and craving some awesome power-packed drinks! (We had the Almond Delight, the Sunset Proposal, the Spice of Life, and the Energy.)
The Energy juice is made of carrot, apple, and ginger. I also really love making this at home! It’s sweet, but packs a slight punch with the spice of the ginger. This was my mom’s drink.
My smoothie was made of mango, pineapple, banana, coconut, orange juice and soy milk! It was delicious, and I actually liked that I had chunks of coconut in it. It was called the Sunset Proposal, and I ended up saving half of it for when we got back to our hotel room so I could add some protein to it. Because obviously that wasn’t enough food, I ended up grabbing the rest of the berries I hadn’t been able to finish from breakfast and ate those.
There. That was my day in NYC! We also went to a bunch of cool places in CT and Staten Island, but I’ll post those on a later day. 🙂
What are your favourite healthy eateries in NYC?