While Acadiana seems to have no shortage of places to burn calories, for most people half the battle is in the kitchen.
If you’re busy at work and you forgot to pack a healthy lunch, it can be tempting to opt for take-out or one of those frozen lean meals that claims to be healthy but is packed with sodium.
Instead of messing up your good streak because of poor planning, consider taking advantage of a few of these healthy lunch spots in Acadiana.
If you’re in need of a healthy plate lunch, be sure to swing by Sandra’s Café near the center of town on Rena Dr.
The café sells daily plate lunches made with healthy and organic ingredients.
Typical lunch time dishes include shrimp fajitas, stuffed bell peppers, veggie wraps and grilled salmon and fresh vegetables on the side.
Sandra’s also sells fresh produce, organic groceries, vitamins and supplements and healthy treats like dates and chocolate covered nuts.
Sandra’s begins serving plate lunches every day at 10 a.m. and stop around 2 p.m.
For more information visit their website at sandrascafeandhealthfood.com or call 337-988-0108.
If you’re on the South side of town and can’t bring yourself to pay Whole Foods prices, then consider visiting Rachael’s.
The café offers regular plate lunches, but the healthiest options can be ordered from their Fit Meal menu.
These meals are low carb and gluten free and come with eight ounces of protein and two cups of vegetables.
Fit Meal entrees include dishes like cabbage rolls made with cauliflower rice, steak and sausage minus the gravy and Cajun shrimp over zucchini noodles.
Manager Jordan Hebert said, “My family grew up in the restaurant industry cooking regular food. We were excited to add these meals to the menu though because we feel like we’re making an impact in people’s lives. We’re not just satisfying a taste profile, but people’s well-being.”
Lunch is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The café offers both dine in and take out options, and offers delivery through Waitr.
For more information on Rachael’s menu, visit rachaelsfitmeals.com or call 337-504-4625.
This business has undergone a few name changes and recently moved to a new location, but is a go-to spot for anyone seeking out raw, vegan and paleo food in Lafayette.
Tribe Collective offers a range of healthy food options along with gluten free pastries and cold press juices.
A few menu items include vegan hamburgers with raw onion rings, a bird-free chicken salad lettuce wrap and a raw falafel plate with kidney detoxifying tabbouleh.
Popular juices include Tropical Punch, aimed at reducing inflammation, the Heartbeat, for pre-workouts and the Yogi, which helps to increase metabolism and strengthen the immune system.
Customers undergoing a cleanse can call ahead to pre-order larger batches of juices as well.
For more information visit their Facebook page at Facebook or call 337-534-0173.
Bon Vie Kitchen
Taking advantage of the delicious, healthy meals provided by Bon Vie Kitchen provides a little bit more pre-planning, since they must be pre-ordered, but meals can be picked up from several locations throughout Acadiana, including Nouriche Medical Spa in River Ranch and The Beet Juice Bar.
Owner and operator, Molly Clayton spent several years as a chef before getting married, and an agonizing amount of time researching what food was healthy for her daughter with an autoimmune disorder to eat.
For the consumer, this means you can bet all her dishes are not only farm to table, but also organic and free of additives.
The pork used in her dishes come from the pigs she and her husband raise on their 15-acre farm, and all the farms they source products from are within 35 miles of Lafayette.
Examples of dishes on some of her past menus include glute-free lasagna, gluten-free and grain free gumbo and black bean and organic corn chili soup.
To place an order or for more information about the meals, visit bonviekitchen.com or call 337-514-0563.
Next time you find yourself digging around for the take-out menu in the break room, consider taking advantage of all the healthy, convenient lunch options in Acadiana.