Friday, December 28, 2018

Where to eat healthy in Atlanta during the holidays

So you overdid on all the holiday treats these last couple of weeks (I’m looking at you, office pastries!). That’s OK – no use in feeling guilty about it. Instead, opt for a healthy meal to help you get back on track.

One of my favorite places in to get an actually healthy, balanced meal is gusto! Wood Fire Grill. This Atlanta restaurant describes itself as an intersection of quality and speed, meaning you get a fresh meal quickly and for a great price.

Gusto! operates on a make-your-own-bowl concept:
  1. Pick your base: Mixed greens, brown rice, a combination of both, or a flatbread wrap 
  2. Choose your protein: Grilled chicken, spicy chicken, grilled shrimp, or grilled portabella
  3. Add your gusto (or topping): Chile sesame BBQ, chipotle mango avocado, tahini cucumber feta, sweet soy sriracha, ginger lime peanut, or tzatziki lemon artichoke

I usually tend to go for the mixed greens as my base, with either grilled chicken or shrimp as my protein. And I pick my gusto based on what I’m craving that day.
This bowl is topped with the ginger lime peanut gusto, aka the Thai flavor (c) Anna Lanfreschi

Each “gusto” is a combination of global-inspired ingredients that gives your meal its delicious flavor. Craving Thai? Go for the ginger lime peanut gusto. In the mood for Mediterranean? Try either the tahini cucumber feta or the tzatziki lemon artichoke gusto.

I absolutely love this concept, because it lets me indulge in some of my favorite international flavors without loading up on carbs that often come with them (pasta, rice, noodles, etc.).
The half and half bowl with the tzatziki lemon artichoke gusto (c) Anna Lanfreschi

Don’t get me wrong – from time to time, I absolutely enjoy the carbs that typically accompany these dishes, but as an occasional splurge instead of on a regular basis. With the gusto! bowls, I can devour the flavors of my favorite international meals while still eating healthy.

Two more things I love about gusto!: Their sweet potato chips and their 2-for-1 deals (aka, #FlannelFridays). The sweet potato chips are absolutely divine: They are super thin, crispy, just salty enough, and are perfectly portioned! Again, zero guilt in indulging!
The most delicious sweet potato chips, which are handmade daily (c) Anna Lanfreschi
And you can get the 2-for-1 deal every Friday at the Ponce location if you wear flannel! So bring your favorite person to gusto!, take advantage of the cooler temps and show off your favorite checkered shirt to get the second entrĂ©e for free. You can claim it any time on Friday, between 11 am – 10 pm, only at the Ponce location.

Gusto! has three locations in Atlanta – on Ponce de Leon Avenue near Ponce City Market, on Peachtree Street near Piedmont Hospital, and on N. Decatur Road near Emory Hospital. And they’re opening their newest location in West Midtown, at Northside and 17th.

What do you think: Will you be visiting gusto! to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions?


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