8 Philadelphia Restaurants That Make Sticking to Your Whole30 Diet Super Easy
Because you can't be prepared enough when you're doing Whole30.
So, you’ve decided to set aside 30 days of your life to rid your diet of dairy, grains, sugar, and legumes in an effort to hit the reset button on your health and habits. In other words, you’re on the Whole 30 Program.
While the main goal of the program — getting you to eat real food – is a good one, unfortunately we can’t all stay at home and eat organic avocados all day. If you find yourself out in the city, away from all of your Whole30-approved groceries and HUNGRY, what’re you supposed to do? Cheat on the diet? Heck no! You calmly bring up this ever-so-helpful list (that you’ve bookmarked, obvi) and head to the closest eatery for some Whole30-approved grub.
And FYI: There are a ton of national fast food chains that have Whole30-friendly menu options. Subway, Chipotle, Qdoba, Panera and — wait for it — Five Guys are all fair game. So if you’re not near any of these eateries, try one of them instead.
1706 Locust Street, Rittenhouse
Home of the organic, vegan, and gluten-free, P.S. & Co. is a great spot for a bite when you’re following the Whole30 program. Go for their delicious cold-pressed juices, then try the Vietnamese Salad with portobellos, (instead of tofu, which has soy — a no-no on the diet).
No, this isn’t a “restaurant” per-se, but boy does it have good food options. If you scan the ingredients lists above each salad and hot bar item, you’ll definitely be able to find something Whole30-approved to eat. They often have compliant roast beef or turkey that you could plop on a salad. Additionally, sometimes there’s a cold kale and tomato salad at the salad bar that’s yummy and Whole30-approved.
119 South 21st Street, Rittenhouse
Another health-conscious and label-friendly local spot, Pure Fare has a bunch of lunch bowls that would be a great option for those on the Whole30 program. Specifically, their Grilled Veggie and Zucchini Noodle Bowl looks like a great protein-packed option.
We’ve already filled you in on the best and worst things to order at Honeygrow but now, we’ve got to talk about Whole30 specifically. Another made-to-order salad spot, Honeygrow is perfect for those on Whole30. Just be sure to ask about their salad dressings unless you feel like going right for the oil and vinegar option. We’re thinking the White Bean Tuna Salad looks pretty yummy and Whole30-compliant, without the white beans (a.k.a. legumes) of course.
Another great place for Whole30 followers because of the made-to-order nature of the place, which puts you in control of what you are eating. Plus, you don’t have to BYO salad dressing: Sweetgreen is known for most of their salad dressings being Whole30-compliant. A Whole30 fan-favorite is their Guacamole Greens salad without tortilla strips.
At FUEL, everything is made-to-order, making substitutions very easy (and not awkward!) for those following the Whole30 program. A rice bowl, sans rice, with extra veggies would be a great option as would be any of FUEL’s salads — without cheese, of course.
If you’re shopping online, Snap Kitchen makes it super easy to find Whole30-approved dishes by categorizing their meals by diet. After selecting Whole30 as your diet plan, from there the site or app will show you only Whole30 options — taking all of the guess work out of the situation. Shopping in-store is similarly easy, as they keep all of their pre-packaged meals and snacks very well labeled — and that’s what it’s all about, right? You gotta know those ingredients. Grab the over-easy burger with sweet potato wedges and you’ll forget that you’re on any sort of diet.
King of Prussia Mall, 239 Mall Boulevard
While True Food Kitchen focuses on the anti-inflammatory diet, a few tweaks can be made to most menu items making them Whole30-approved. This is the perfect spot to hit if you find yourself in KOP mall, or in the surrounding area, and hunger strikes. Everything on the menu is clearly labeled, plus you already know it’s real food, so it’s supremely easy to find a healthy and satisfying meal to chow down on. We hear that the Panang Curry is a prime option for Whole30-ers.
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