Yet another New Year’s has come and gone, and like every year, many have embraced “new year, new me” mantra. After a winter break filled with family, friends and home-cooked food, people are eager to get back to the city and work toward a healthier lifestyle. The new year and the quickly approaching bikini season can increase motivation to drop the burrito and pick up the kale.
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean restricting or eliminating satisfying foods from a diet, as New York City is packed with restaurants that strive to fill stomachs with wholesome food that can help you stick to your New Year’s resolution.
Check out these close-to-campus establishments that focus on good-for-you food at affordable prices.
Hu Kitchen, located at 75 Fifth Ave., is one of the city’s most popular spots for vegan, vegetarian, paleo and dairy-free dinners. Hu Kitchen serves up all breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long, seven days a week. Along with an incredible organic coffee and smoothie bar, Hu has trademarked their “mash bar,” which is a vegan alternative to ice cream — perfect for students fighting stress-related ice cream cravings.
The restaurant’s refrigerators are stocked with delicious house-made raw desserts, juices and prepared foods that can be taken to-go, but there is also seating in sleek-looking dining areas where customers can enjoy a warm and filling meal. Not only does Hu help keep your body healthy, but it is also good for your wallet⎼all students receive 10 percent off with a student ID.
Disguised as a mild-mannered-looking grocery store at 410 Sixth Ave., LifeThyme Market is a health nut’s paradise. Cases of homemade vegan and vegetarian snacks, ranging from decadent cookies and cakes to savory vegetable pies, are prepared fresh every day. Their salad bar is packed with organic grains, greens, soups, pastas and comforting hot food options, all of which are 50 percent off after 9 p.m.
LifeThyme is the perfect place to stop between or after classes not only to get all of your healthy grocery shopping done, but also to treat yourself to a few one-of-a-kind healthy snacks.
This unique cafe located at 684 Broadway serves the best of both worlds, as it offers both healthy sit-down and to-go options. Choices include a sandwich and chopped salad stations, a juice and smoothie bar and a full menu with a Brazilian flair. The food is always fresh and satisfying and the atmosphere is uplifting. Their smoothie bar is a must-try — they even serve Brazilian acai bowls.
Brazilia also offers almond milk to satisfy dairy-free coffee lovers. This cafe is a great spot to stop and refuel with a plant-based meal, as well as to unwind in one of their cozy window seats. Brazilia takes campus cash, and NYU students receive 10 percent off.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Jan. 26th print edition. Email Hannah at [email protected]