As vacation time fades away and the days grow shorter, Westchester families return to familiar school year routines. If eating better is on your agenda for you and your family, try these spots for a quick and easy dose of healthy eats.
Andy’s Pure Food, Rye
Andy’s serves only raw, vegetarian food including salads, soups, smoothies, and juices, so it’s virtually impossible to buy anything that is not good for you. Their organic salad bar features fresh and seasonal items like baked apples, raw avocado and tomato salad, chia pudding, hearts of palm salads, stuffed eggplant, veggie burgers, and much more. They also offer juice and food cleanses.
Most local farmers’ markets, with their myriad produce sellers and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat vendors, continue throughout the fall. Check with your market vendors or organizers to find out when and if they are moving to an indoor location.
Lilli Pilli Health Bar, White Plains
Lilli Pilli offers cold-pressed juices, salads, stuffed potatoes, smoothies, soups, organic protein (i.e., chicken, turkey) wraps, and organic frozen yogurt. If you find a spot on the street, snag it. Otherwise, parking is in the City Center, which means you can pick up some healthy food to go and get some shopping done in one trip.
Chop’t, Rye Brook
Choose from one of many menu salad options at Chop’t, or build your own salad and watch as the Chop’t employees take their mezzalunas (fun, curved salad chopping knives) to the ingredients to create small, perfectly blended bites. You can order yours in a wrap as well, and salads come with white or whole wheat flatbread. They offer easy online ordering for pickup or delivery, with a $20 minimum order.
Mix On Main, Dobbs Ferry
Mix on Main offers organic juices and smoothies, as well as a salad bar, protein bowls that come with quinoa or brown rice, wraps, panini, soups, and specials. This takeout lunch and dinner spot is designed for vegetarians looking for the highest-quality ingredients—a majority of menu items are vegetarian, but meat can be added.
Whole Foods organic salad bar
Some days you might have time to grocery shop, but not enough time to cook. It’s on these days that it makes sense to hit up the hot and cold salad bars and pre-packaged meals at health-food grocers like Mrs. Green’s and Whole Foods Market. These grocery chains have clear labeling systems to help you find the organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, or other specific foods. For a more affordable way to turn your health-food grocer into a quick-meal stop, shop the frozen food aisle for the wide variety of frozen entrées, appetizers, and other items that cater to specific dietary needs.