|Catering manager Joanna, me and marketer extraordinaire Analisa|
Today was the day! After brisk workout, I walked right on over to Protein Bar and ate an amazing sampling of the best the joint has to offer. All I can say is that I'm really sad I don't work across the street anymore because they actually have food I want to eat and coffee worth walking over for. However, it's probably for the best, because I would never pack a lunch again.
I started with breakfast entrees: the pancake in a bowl oatmeal topped with bananas and the Santa Fe scramble. The oatmeal was interesting because unlike McDonald's or Starbucks, the oats are cooked al dente, so you get a better texture. The fruit also changes with what's available seasonally. The scramble was mighty tasty, and I thought would be something I'd love to eat after lifting at the gym. When I got home, Tim loved the leftover eggs because they were nice and spicy.
We moved on to lunch entrees, which featured some of my favorite dishes of the day. I had the spinach pesto quinoa along with a buffalo chicken bar-rito. The burrito was clearly my favorite as I ate half of it in mere seconds. The buffalo sauce is actually vegan, and the burrito was packed with the Super 6 Salad Mix. I like it because it was spicy, the chicken was filling, the quinoa was cooked perfectly and the salad mix was crunchy. The pesto bowl was equally awesome, featuring a very cheesy sauce with fresh baby spinach. Best part? All of these dishes were between 280 and 550 calories, making it a very manageable option for a healthy breakfast or lunch.
I appreciate that this place offers a variety of flavors and comfort meals with a lower calorie profile. In addition to great food, I also like that they offer vegan and gluten-free options, since I'd like to be able to have a great meal with my friends who have dietary needs (Kim and Alissa, I'm looking at you).
Because I pink-puffy heart this place, I want to share it with all of you. I have giftcards for a complimentary lunch as well as a blended drink of your choice. To enter, leave a comment about your favorite healthy lunch. I'll use Random.org to select a winner on 6 p.m. Monday.