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What’s For Lunch?

Youth Worker Crystal Hutchison enjoys a heathy salad from safeway

There are a variety of places wher you can eat on your lunch break. Depending on the walk you are willing to take, there is the DC wharf, which is a couple of blocks down, or even McDonald’s which is also a few blocks away. If you’re anything like me, you may want to keep your walk short and simple. If that’s the case, there’s a Safeway right next door where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches from the deli, a fresh salad or fruit from the salad bar or better yet if you wanna go healthy but tasty all at the same time you can visit the frozen section and pick up a lean cuisne.

I spoke with Youth worker Leah Britton. ” I go to the same lunch spot everyday and seems like alot of other people do as well. I get tired of going to Safeway  everyday, but I look at it on the bright side. It’s a lot more healthy than going to McDonald’s everyday.”


Healthy Alternatives for Lunch!

Fresh fruit is always a good alternative to fried snacks.

Fresh fruit is always a good alternative to fried snacks.

Limited funds and time are definitely things to consider while on lunch break. Being situated in the heart of downtown DC makes it even harder to find anything for a reasonable price – but it is possible! It’s important to not go to lunch starving. Bring a small snack to eat right before lunch so that when you do go to lunch you don’t settle for the first thing you see. It’s very crucial that you don’t settle for the first thing you see because this can lead to making expensive and/or unhealthy food choices.

Recently, I took a trip to Union Station to scope out the area. On the Upper Levels there are definitely some healthy alternatives, such as Au Bon Pain, but they also happen to be very pricey.  However I was surprised at Sbarro’s buffet (under $10) which featured several fresh fruit platters, baked chicken, and rice and vegetables. If that doesn’t do it for you Sbarro also offers their famous pizza for around $5 per slice. By the way, don’t feel bad about eating pizza! Depending on your toppings, pizza is actually pretty healthy! The cheese provides you with a daily serving of protein and calcium. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has been named one of the best foods for men by Men’s Health Magazine. Just DON’T overdue it! If you’re not very active, all the carbohydrates from the bread will cause weight gain.

Some of the healthy choices at Sbarro.

Some of the healthy choices at Sbarro.

While McDonald’s does offer healthy salads and snack wraps for cheap, beware of salad dressing. Dressing is very tasty, but it is also the reason why many of the salads will be high in calories, especially thicker sauces such as ranch and blue cheese.

While at Union Station, STAY AWAY FROM THE BOTTOM FLOOR…well at least until they open the new Subway. The lure of several different ethnic foods is strong on the lower level but many are made quickly and have thick, greasy sauces and fried foods. Not to mention some of them are VERY expensive.

And once you get your food avoid sitting down…you know we only have 30 minutes!

I will be following up with other places to eat in the near future!

Darion Parker