Healthy choices when traveling
{Salads Galore!}

This title is misleading....this is a post about making good choices - not just when traveling, but when you are out running errands and need to grab a quick lunch. The junk available for a cheap and fast lunch is overwhelming. Sometimes it's hard to find places to make a healthy choice. Lately we have been grabbing salads when we are out and about.

Because I love Deb at Kahakai Kitchen and her Souper Sunday series, I am inspired to share a few good lunches we enjoyed recently and link up this week.

Greek Chicken Salad at Panera. This is one of my go-to salads when Doug is out of town.


It's a good mixture of greens, feta, red onion, olives, tomato and a heaping serving of grilled chicken. They have just the right balance of all ingredients and you aren't left with a soggy bowl of lettuce.


Next is a local place we like called Hopkins Eatery. They have a great selection of soups, sandwiches and salads. They also make delicious Congo Bars and a completely wicked carrot cake. I almost hope it won't be there when we go to Hopkins as we are weak, weak people. This time we had salad and waited to see if there was any room for dessert. Happily, I was full!

Doug ordered the Chicken Tetrazzini Salad. This concoction has cashew chicken salad with linguine, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, fresh lettuce, tomato, onions, and green peppers. I think he had the house dressing. Oh my, that was a good salad.


I ordered the Cobb Salad (apologies for the blurry photo) This is served on a bed of fresh lettuce with grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, boiled egg, artichoke hearts, red onion, tomato, Gorgonzola cheese and croutons. This was good except you can tell the bacon and cheese weren't the healthiest options here. But, the quantities of those items didn't negate the overall healthy benefit of this choice.


We did not order these but - check out the Congo bars!


On weekends we have something like the salads above or eat fish if we ride to the coast. Ok, sometimes it's BBQ but this post is about healthy choices, right? :-)

What healthy lunch choices are available to you when you travel or are out and about running errands?

Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday.



Le laquet said...

Travelling ... if I am honest I pack my own. Simon and I are going back to the UK on Sunday from the Costa Brava on the train! I know - exciting right? I plan to pack slices of crispy tortilla espanolá along with a salad of the amazing local tomatoes and mild onions dressed with a little olive oil and sherry vinegar. Local bread to 'mop' and Bobs your uncle.
I shall post photos on my Instagram for you 😉

Tina said...

Jo, I have been enjoying the photos on Instagram and it makes us want to visit Costa Brava. Amazing views and I am loving the food too!

Vicki said...

I love salads, and these look really good. Those Congo bars though, it would be hard to pass them up!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I admire your will power with those Congo bars--I think even if I didn't have room, one would still find its way home with me! ;-) I do love grabbing salads for lunches and meals out because I find salads are almost always the most fun when someone else makes them.

Thanks for sharing these salads at Souper Sundays this week and the constant love. You are the best! ;-)

~~louise~~ said...

Traveling? What's that, lol???

There are some really good choices here Tina. I am completely in awe of Doug's choice. Chicken Tetrazzini Salad? It must have been amazing!!!

Thanks for sharing, Tina..I'll pass on the Congo Bars after all this healthy eating, lol...

Debra Eliotseats said...

Love me some Panera but I was recently introduced to Zoe's Kitchen and it will be my new go to salad spot (or lunch with girlfriends spot.)

Tina said...

Salads are a favorite but I guess if you don't watch the dressing, you could get into high calorie territory. These highlighted salads were filling.

Vicki, I think maybe a Congo bar may have to home for an afternoon coffe, next time we go I will evaluate. Haha

Deb, I enjoy the link up at your site, love the soup and salad challenge. We appreciate you hosting. ❤️

Louise, I think I may get that tetrazzini salad next time we go to o Hopkins, it was great. He me sample 😉

Debra, we have a Zoe's here now too. Will definitely check out the salad soon.

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