Eating GF/DF in NYC

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New York City has always been one of my favorite places to visit. Whether I’m there for work or just a fun weekend, it never gets old. There are so many great things to do and see, and the fast-paced vibe is second to none. If you follow my Instagram stories while I’m there you’ll see LOTS of workouts and a whole lot of eating. But let’s be real, the best part of NYC has got to be the food. Within the hustle and bustle of each neighborhood you’ll find some really great bars and restaurants that just don’t compare to anywhere else. My inner foodie gets so excited to eat my way around town knowing that there’s always going to be new amazing concepts to try. But what’s even better is that I’m always able to find places that are healthy AND food allergy friendly, since I don’t eat diary and my boyfriend has Celiac (no gluten or dairy). If I’m indulging or eating clean, here’s a few of my all-time favorite GF/DF places to nosh: 

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Sushi Yasuda

Midtown East - 204 E 43rd St

If you’re looking for some amazing sushi, look no further. Compared to Nobu, it doesn’t have the sceney vibe or the fun cocktails. It’s a much more traditional, low-key space with extremely fresh dishes. A great spot for an intimate date night but also perfect for friends and family. We like to order a bunch of different sushi rolls to get a taste of everything. Each piece of sushi is incredibly fresh and flavorful. Once you dine at Sushi Yasuda, you won’t want to settle for the place-to-be-seen spots around town with mediocre sushi.

 

By The Way Bakery

Upper East Side – 1236 Lexington Ave

I found this gem on Instagram before heading up for a weekend in NYC last year. I happened to be staying uptown that trip so this heavenly bakery was just a few blocks away. It’s COMPLETELY dairy and gluten free, which is unheard of here in South Florida. The cake slices are moist and delicious, and the cookies are gooey in the middle. I don’t think there’s one baked good on the menu that isn’t amazing. Do I recommend eating sweets all the time? Of course not. But an occasional weekend GF/DF brownie straight out of the oven is definitely LivFitness approved.

 

Jack’s Wife Freda

Multiple locations downtown

A brunch staple (insert hands up emoji). Although at certain times it can be tough to get a seat, it’s definitely worth a 20 minute wait. This relaxed Mediterranean restaurant with locations in SoHo, WV, and Chelsea is popular for a reason. My favorite dish on the menu is Maya’s Breakfast Bowl. A hearty and healthy bowl with warm eggs, kale, squash, quinoa, and roasted tomato. SO yummy.

 

The Butcher’s Daughter

Nolita + WV

I first discovered this place while in LA, but it’s even better in NYC. I love that the menu is very specific in terms of what has gluten, dairy, and soy. Most items can easily be made gluten free. The juices and acai owls are all amazing and fresh. For a more filling breakfast or lunch, I like to go with the Mexican Breakfast Bowl or the Juevos Locos.

 

Sweetgreen

All over NYC

Out of all of the salad joints in NYC, Sweetgreen is my favorite. I can always count on a great SG salad for a simple lunch or dinner. I create my own salad with is normally kale or romaine with chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, and any other vegetable I’m in the mood for that day. Most of their dressings are dairy free and a few are gluten free (my favorite is cilantro lime!). If all else fails, simple olive oil and vinegar for the win. You just can’t go wrong with a crunchy bowl of greens!

South FL Meal Delivery - Catered Fit

These days there are SO many options when it comes to meal delivery services. Vegan, Paleo, allergy-friendly, organic…you name it. Over the years I’ve had many clients who have tried most of the meal services in South Florida. A huge part of training with me is understanding how to keep a clean diet, so food is a major topic in most of my sessions. I guide my clients to be the best version of themselves by proper nutrition and exercise. Luckily, I love to cook and will always make the time for it in my schedule. But for someone with long work hours, a busy parent, or just someone needing help in the kitchen, a meal delivery service could be a savior. Recently I tried a few days of meals from Catered Fit, a Florida-based food delivery service. Setting up the account and choosing meals online ahead of time was super easy. I was given a few choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was also able to choose a meal plan which was dairy free (HUGE plus!). The meals were delivered in a cooler tote to my doorstep which was very convenient (I live in a building). All of the meals were really fresh and flavorful. I’m typically a creature of habit when it comes to food, but having these meals made me eat a few unfamiliar vegetables like Swiss chard and broccolini which I wouldn’t normally cook.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m a lunchtime salad LOVER. Two of the days I chose a salad for lunch and they were both awesome - arugula with salmon and shredded brussels sprouts with chicken. I was also able to make note of any food that I did NOT want to see in my meals, which for me happened to be mushrooms (yuck!). Overall, I was impressed by Catered Fit and would recommend them to anyone needing fresh, healthy, and convenient meals daily.

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