Where 12 Philly Fitness Pros Grab a Healthy Lunch Around Town

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

Consider post-workout hunger panic a thing of the past. Here, your go-to guide for healthy grub — lunch, dinner, snacks — around town (sweet treats included!), courtesy of the pros. 

Pure FareZucchini Sesame Chicken Salad at Pure Fare
119 South 21st Street, Rittenhouse.

“I crave this salad on a regular basis — and it’s 100 percent guilt-free! As if the zucchini noodles weren’t amazing enough, it’s topped off with a peanut sesame dressing that puts it over the edge.” — Ali Cook Jackson, Never Give Up Training


Warm Shrimp Salad at Parc
227 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse.

“I order this salad with the beurre blanc — an emulsified butter sauce — on the side. It’s delicious and filling and has the perfect balance of healthy protein and fat.” — Lauren Boggi, Lithe Method


Mixed Greens Chef Salad at Fourth and Cross
1527 South 4th Street, Pennsport.

“The owner here is hands-on, knows the neighborhood, and serves farm-to-table seven days a week. This salad is so fresh, so clean, and the perfect way to refuel.” — Holly Waters, Fitness Alive


Quinoa Arugula Salad at Winnie’s LeBus Manayunk
4266 Main Street, Manayunk.

“With every bite of this salad, you get the perfect balance of all the right ingredients: edamame, corn, raisins, quinoa, chickpeas and grape tomatoes, tossed in a giant bed of fresh, peppery arugula.” — Juliet Sabella, The Wall Cycling Studio


Cobb Salad at Trolley Car Café
3269 South Ferry Road, East Falls.

“This salad fills me up when I’m starving, and it’s loaded with protein and healthy fats, making it a great post-exercise meal. The cafe also has its own garden out back — it doesn’t get much more locally grown than that!” — Gina Mancuso, CoreFitness


Whole Wheat Noodle Salad at Honeygrow
Locations in Center City, Bala Cynwyd, Cherry Hill and Radnor.

“Bouncy greens, hearty add-ons and lush dressings just knock my socks — or sandals! — right off. They carry local and seasonal ingredients, which is a plus, and the salads fill you to the brim without the brick syndrome.” — Justine Bacon, Philly Yoga Factory


Eggplant and Goat Cheese Wrap at Fuel
Locations in Ardmore, Center City and South Philly. 

“The entire menu here is under 500 calories, and there isn’t anything I’ve had that I don’t like. My fave is the eggplant and goat cheese wrap — roasted eggplant, goat cheese, pesto, roasted peppers and arugula.” — Suzanne Allaire, November Project Philadelphia


Collard Green Wrap at Bareburger
1109 Walnut Street, Washington Square West.

“This is one of my go-tos for a quick and delicious healthy dinner after a workout. They have great options for carnivores and vegans alike, not to mention that everything is just really yummy!” — Shoshana Katz, Body Cycle Studio


Godzilla Roll at Umai Umai
533 North 22nd Street, Logan Circle.

“I’ve consumed everything on the menu here, but my favorite is the Godzilla Roll. With shrimp tempura, eel, strawberry, honey and roasted macadamia nuts, it never has a chance of staying on the plate.” — Perry O’Hearn, Philly Phitness


Cin City Smoothie at Ánimo
1701 Arch Street, Center City.

“The cinnamon and protein powder in this help to stabilize blood sugar, making it the perfect post-workout snack.” — Juliet Burgh, Unite Fitness


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Banana Whip at Essene Market & Cafe
719 South 4th Street, Queen Village.

“These banana whips are best with chocolate chips and coconut shavings. I have a serious sweet tooth, so this is my go-to when I’m on my best behavior.” — Mariel Freeman, DIG Yoga


Make-Your-Own Bowl at Agno Grill
2104 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.

“The menu here offers fresh, locally grown ingredients, tons of flavor and countless options. I love a bowl with spinach salad, chicken, chickpeas, roasted carrots, the tomato and cucumber medley, tzatziki and lemon tahini dressing.” — Jayel Lewis, JL Fitness

This article first appeared in the 2015 Be Well Philly print magazine. To get a free copy for yourself, go here.

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