Healthy Lunches at Hudson Eats

As the remaining black ice melts from the sidewalks and the city starts to feel a little warmer (and a whole lot cleaner), there's no better time to start thinking about summer. For many, that means digging all the shorts and sandals out of storage, and maybe even making the extra effort to get to that 7am boot camp class. With those efforts (and sandy beaches) in mind, there's no better place than Hudson Eats for your calorie conscious meal requirements.

While one might be tempted to write off a grilled cheese or pizza stand — don't. Little Meunster, while primarily peddling all things dairy and melted between two greased up slices of bread, their breakfast all day means you can still walk away with an almost criminally healthy egg white wrap, with spinach, tomatoes and onions for your mid-day meal. And while Skinny Pizza's pies have a thin whole wheat crust and low-fat cheese options, their veggie Piadina, with asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, caramelized onion and zucchini clocks in under 300 calories.

If salad is your thing, there's always Chop't, with their near endless variety of salads that you mix and match yourself -- the Palm Beach Shrimp may be right up your alley with hearts of palm, avocado, tomato and cucumber. That said, you'll also make yourself pretty happy with the salad over at Dos Toros as well. Take any meat (or rice and beans) and have it served over greens. Add guac at your own risk, but remember that avocado is the good kind of fat, we swear.

For those who have issues making up their minds, places like Digg Inn and Blue Ribbon Sushi are perfect. You choose a grain or spinach at Digg Inn, top it with any of their seasonal meats (their salmon salad is unbelievable) and then choose from a dozen side veggies and salads. At Blue Ribbon, mix and match your sushi and sashimi to your heart's content. The sashimi platter is protein-packed while being calorie light, but you can also toss in a kale and quinoa salad with nutty miso dressing for a little roughage. 

As you can see, there's enough variety to keep your diet on the summery side, while never having to repeat even once a week, which is as good a reason as any to make the switch from your standard burger, at least while it's swimsuit season.

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