WWWO: Five Reasons Unleavened Fresh Kitchen is a dietitian’s mecca
Unleavened is the perfect lunch spot for client meetings; the menu allows for stress-free dietary versatility. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian, along with low carb and paleo; it’s all possible. Example: Last week I ordered the Market Offer, which is vegetarian by nature. I switched the veggie sausage for turkey sausage. My vegan client just nixxed the egg. Simple!
Unleavened’s menu is clean and simple with straightforward ingredients. There are zero gimmicks. Menu items are clearly described and the staff is well-versed in the ingredients used in their sauces and sides. Over a decade of known food allergies have made me acutely aware of restaurants that simplify my life with a menu clearly marked, easy to modify, and full of enough variety that I may not even have to. I’ve inquired about several items; the harissa crema, the quinoa porridge and always received concise answers in return. Although I’m even more excited to have their official nutrition information and allergen guide set to launch this Spring.
Ya busy girl? Me too. The carry-out is a game changer. Whether it’s a 15 minute in and out from the office to stuff my face with their hummus and veggies, or a breakfast order on the way home from church; Unleavened is willing to run their meal out to my car window while I furiously type out emails. Yes, you can get free wifi from the parking lot. At least my car is stopped, amiright?
Although I love my job, I have tough patients and tend to find myself a bit uptight by the lunch hour. The staff at Unleavened, always bright my day. They are always. So. darn. Nice. Even though it’s slightly cheesy when they ask for my autograph, and mortifying that they know my order (Am I really here that much?) as I walk in the door; these are the types of small details that keep me coming back. If I’m not eating at home, I’d still like my restaurant choice to feel homey. Note: the kids eat free after 4PM is a nice addition to the family-feel. When I drop in post-Lync workout looking for a quick dinner and, again, WIFI (in a cozy corner where no one can judge my sweaty clothes), I’m surrounded by University Park families eating together nutritiously.
There’s an alluring section of low-calorie cold refreshments. Call me basic but, it’s no secret that I’m a new but loyal fan of sparkling water and a devout drinker of daily iced coffee. And, as a dietitian, I refuse to drink a significant amount of liquid calories. The bright selection of Topo Chico, LaCroix, and local Noble Coyote iced coffee lifts my spirits while my blood sugar remains nice and stable.
FACT: If you don’t strategize, your January 1st plans will most likely consist of nursing a hangover.
- I recommend starting your day with a protein-rich and greens laden dish. My go-to? Sauteed cruciferous mix with eggs and the occasional chicken sausage. The fiber-rich veggies, protein and fat keep me going for at least 4 hours when I don’t have time to spare.
- Get a sweat in. Especially, if you’re remaining sober. Yes, it’s good for your body. Yes, it’s important for your mind. But today, specifically, it’s good for your sanity. It’s going to take more than a few exercise-induced endorphins to tolerate your boozy friends.
- Drink water like it’s going out of style. With every meal, between meals, in the car, with a fox, in a box, and definitely between each drink. Alcohol dehydrates the body.
- Consider how fabulous you are before you make another drink. Are you having just as much fun without it? Whip up a mocktail! A special throwback to last year’s post. These are delicious! Whip them up for your party guests this year. If you add tequila, I won’t know. But, I taste-tested them all! The Sassy Ginger is definitely my favorite. Alas, if I only had red hair.
- 4 oz lemon ginger mineral water
- 4 oz GT’s gingerade kombucha
- ½ juiced orange and it’s peel
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 3-4 raspberries
- 4 oz GT’s Trilogy kombucha
- 1 oz coconut water
- 3 oz infused mineral water
- 4 ice cubes
- 6 oz mineral water
- ½ juiced orange and it’s peel
- 2 mint sprigs, crushed with orange peel
- 4 ice cubes
- 2 green tea bags brewed in 8 oz of boiling water. Allow time to cool.
- 1 orange slice
- 4 oz mineral water
- 3 ice cubes
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FOOD: Easy Peasy Pecan Pesto I love entertaining around the holidays. But, after a few events, I’m looking for the beautiful and nutritious recipe with shortcuts. Thus, I usually avoid dips and sauces. But, they can make or break a dish. A bland chicken can become a masterpiece with the right topenade. Although I love basil, pesto sauce is usually off-limits for me; loaded with parmesan (allergy) and pine nuts(strong distaste). But, not anymore! Meet my new and improved, easy and delicious, pesto sauce utilize Georgia Grinders’ amazing nut butter. Perfect to cover your zoodles with, a bland piece of protein (poultry or fish!), or use as a dip with veggies and whole grain crackers on a charcuterie board.
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2TB chopped garlic
- 4TB Georgia Grinders pecan butter
- 1TB lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1 cup of fresh/frozen peas, steamed.
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Method: Combine peas with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Strain the peas, set aside. In a food processor, combine the basil, shallots, walnut butter, lemon juice and the 1/2 tsp. salt. Process until finely ground. With the machine running, gradually add the avocado oil and peas. Season with salt and a generous amount of pepper. Voila! Keep refrigerated up to one week.
FAITH: For we are God’s masterpiece… (Eph. 2:10)
As we roll into the new year, it’s important to remember that resolutions are not just reserved for January. Nor, are they required. We continue to grow, excel, change daily. Ignore the Hallmark holiday. Most importantly, know that you are valued and worthwhile whether or not you met last year’s goal or improved/even declined in health. The Lord delights in your being and your trying, even if it leads to failure. Continue to work towards your goals. When the world wonders why you haven’t “won” or “succeeded”, He sees your effort and finds beauty in the attempt.
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