7 HEALTHY EAT SPOTS IN RALEIGH

HAPPY + HALE

Talk about a company that breathes health & wellness.  My only wish is that this place was closer to my home! I tried Happy + Hale for the first time the other day and fell in love with their healthy fuels! The menu features signature salads, poke & protein bowls, fresh smoothies, cold pressed juices, and my favorite breakfast meal -Avocado Toast!  I also love that Happy + Hale promotes a health & wellness in addition to all their delicious foods. Some AWESEOME initiatives they have in place right now are working with Compost Now to cut store waste down to a minimum, supporting urban farming, and they attend a bunch of local yoga events! I plan on attending the next Sunrise Yoga – if your interested in going it will be held on September 9th in City Plaza ( a special collaboration with Hopscotch Music Festivaland Kind Snacks.)

Go check out HAPPY + HALE’S delicious menu HERE!

 

POKEGO

My first experience at PokeGo was about two weeks ago & I regret not having tried it sooner! I have always been a little hesitant when it comes to eating raw foods, but when a coworker started eating PokeGo for lunch I became inspired. Located off Creedmoor Rd. it’s only 10 minutes from my workplace and super convenient for the grab and go kind of lunch. The store offers signature bowls on their menu, but most people prefer to do the “build your own.”

For my meal I started with a base of zucchini noodles, added in some sweet onions, avocado, shiitake mushrooms, and kani salad. Then I topped it off with Grilled Shrimp, Bulgogi, and a Sesame Soy dressing! It was delicious and I quickly inhaled my food.

I know that probably made your mouth water as it did mine. So go check out their menu here!

 

RALEIGH RAW

So once upon a time I was REALLY into juicing. I watched this popular documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which is based on one mans journey to healthy living by incorporating juicing into his diet. That night I went online and bought a juicer and began to incorporate the healthy drinks into my everyday life.

With that being said, if I’m not making a juice at home, Raleigh Raw is THE place where I’m buying mine. They offer great 3, 5, and 7 day juice cleanse packages. So whether your just looking to start or your an seasoned juicer – they’ve got you covered. Raleigh Raw is also a cafe that offers quality coffee, tea, kombucha, and poke bowls!

Did I mention they deliver to nearby locations? Check out RALEIGH RAW’s menu here.

 

GUSACA

I’ve heard great things about Gusaca, and this is definitely on the top of my list to visit soon. Gusaca is a South American Arepa & Salsa Grill that makes everything from scratch – all day every day. They’ve received raving reviews from my friends & family as well as the countless number of customers that have visited.  They offer 7 Signature Arepa’s or you may choose to build your own Arepa, bowl, or salad.

And if your asking yourself by now- “what the heck is an Arepa?” – It’s a Venezuelan bread made out of corn instead of wheat (it looks similar to pita bread used for gyros). Affordable, fresh, & healthy eats just down the road at Gusaca in Raleigh, Durham, & Morrisville.

Check out the menu here!

 

FIRST WATCH

This is a breakfast spot I’ve been a zillion times. I. LOVE. FIRST WATCH.

Besides Chick-fil-a, this is one of the best restaurant chains I’ve ever tasted. One thing I’ve learned about First Watch over my many meals here is that they source their ingredients from local vendors. I mean, it’s SO FRESH, and doesn’t taste like your typical chain restaurant.

When you sit down the waitress will ask if you want coffee.

Say yes- always say yes.

They wont just bring you a cup, they bring you the whole dang pot! This is great for a person like me who enjoys not one, but three cups of coffee in the morning.

I love this place so much I could probably list almost every menu item, but for your sake I wont. Here are my favorite dishes:

Millionaire Bacon: hardwood smoked bacon with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle.

Power Wrap: Egg whites, turkey, spinach, houseroasted Crimini mushrooms and Mozzarella in a sundried tomato-basil tortilla. 

Skillet Hash: Two cage-free eggs any style atop fresh, seasoned potatoes. You get to choose from 3 different styles of hash – Farmhouse, Parma, & Market.

If I can’t convince you enough just go look at their menu  here – you’ll trust me then.

 

B. GOOD

Another tab on my bucket list to travel to. B. Good is another popular healthy food restaurant. They offer burgers, salads and bowls inspired by the seasons and ingredients rotated with the local harvests. They source their ingredients from local farmers and vendors to support the local community. I also love they they keep atop of seasonal dishes so that our bodies can keep up with a full range of vitamins and minerals.

Click HERE for a link to the Downtown Raleigh location menu. It features today’s seasonal ingredients along with kale & grain bowls, seasonal salads, and fresh burgers.

Who says eating out can’t be healthy? I hope you enjoyed this read. I’m always looking for new places to try so drop me a comment if your in the area and have any suggestions!

CHOPT

Salad isn’t the start of the meal. It’s the whole meal.

Chopt is one of the first places I visited when I moved to Raleigh. I love how simple the concept is, it’s similar to Chipotle-you pick your greens and go down a buffet of toppings with the Chop’t team and then they get to chopping at the chopping stations. When I approached them about my  nut allergy they brought a manager out and he made my salad personally. Great food, great service. Go check out their menu here.

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BROWN SUGAR BOURBON MEATLOAF

Hi babes! The Brown Sugar Bourbon Meatloaf one of my ALL TIME favorite recipes. When I first tried this, I made it three times in one week – which in hindsight was probably not that healthy for me. Now it has become an inexpensive, quick and easy dinner that I can whip up on my busier days. Most of these ingredients you will already find in your kitchen, so getting the meat & brown sugar is the important part. I hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 12cup brown sugar, packed
  • 12cup ketchup
  • 12lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 34cup milk
  • 2eggs
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1small onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3cup (italian) breadcrumbs 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  • Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  • Place on top of the ketchup.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 3 minutes, empty out most of the juice.
  • Take the rest of the ketchup and layer it over the top as desired. (Optional)

I hope you enjoy! Drop me a comment on what your hungry for next!

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CRAB STUFFED SALMON + BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS

A lot of you reached out to me this week wanting the recipe for my  Crab Stuffed Salmon + Bacon Wrapped Scallops. It was a Monday night and after 6 weeks of dieting I decided to treat myself to some drool worthy eats -and I may have gone a little overboard- but it was SO worth it. My Stuffed Salmon & Wrapped Scallops are a delicious way to turn an ordinary night into a special occasion and can also be great for entertaining guests! Continue reading “CRAB STUFFED SALMON + BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS”

THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK / LIFE BALANCE

WAKE UP. WORK. GYM. BLOG. COOK. DOG. CLEAN. RINSE. LATHER. REPEAT. 

For many professionals, a work-life balance is incredibly important for happiness, productivity and effectiveness at work. I often get caught in the daily struggle trying to optimize my time spent working and just living life.  So, lately I’ve been focusing on achieving the right balance between career and lifestyle. I know the going is rough now, but in the long run this will aid to my productivity & will help maintain the health of my relationships. Continue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK / LIFE BALANCE”