A break from cooking without sacrificing your health

Christina Deal, Staff Writer

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Photo by Elizabeth Kerin.

With the warm weather persisting and the semester’s end looming, many people are shedding their winter layers only to find that daily trips to the gym might be necessary.

If this description hits home, never fear. While Dallas offers many tempting foods, many healthier options also allow you to enjoy health and convenience.

Spending endless hours in the kitchen trying to prepare healthy meals needs to become a distant memory to make way for eating out with friends. One such option, Snap Kitchen on West Lovers Lane, provides a comprehensive meal strategy to make eating healthy a viable option, even on the go.

The chain restaurant creates nutritional meals from local ingredients, perfectly proportioned in their to-go containers. The website claims: “Basically, it’s eating well and living better, without the work.”

Microwaves at the restaurant allow customers to heat up their meals onsite. However, there is no seating available. Snap Kitchen resembles a market rather than a restaurant.

Ranging from $6.49 – $14.49, dinner choices come in small, medium and large portions. We tried two of their 10 dinner options.

The chimichurri beef surprised Elizabeth with how tender the meat still was after being packaged. Spinach, mushrooms and roasted carrots accompanied the dish.

We also sampled the turkey meatloaf topped with tomato chutney. This dish was hearty yet not overpowering, and the restaurant served it with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. The green beans took away from the meal being lackluster and rather tasteless.

For a side dish, the kale Caesar salad added another vegetable to the table. The kale, surprisingly, was not too rubbery.

Various juice flavors, such as antioxidant juice, carrot ginger elixir and black coffee offer healthy drink options to sustain energy throughout the day.

Snap Kitchen has several locations around the Dallas area, and the closest one to campus is the West Lovers Lane location. While too expensive for college students to follow the diet plan Snap Kitchen provides, it’s a nice break from cooking.

The numerous lunch and breakfast options provide variety while keeping with a gluten-free, non-dairy and sodium conscious diet. During the next few weeks of final presentations, term papers and finals, do not allow eating habits to fall by the wayside, but take charge of your lifestyle.

Address:
5627 W Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 7a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9a.m. – 9 p.m.

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