Written by Randi Moultrie

It’s officially 2022 and did you know losing weight and eating healthy is one of the top New Year’s resolutions for many across the country.

Between gym memberships, meal prep, healthy snack sales on the rise, there are so many ways people try to switch up their routines for a healthier lifestyle. There is, however, one moment of the day that can sometimes lead people to fall back into old habits. Lunchtime!

Whether you work from home or go into the office, sometimes that lunch break can be tempting to go back to all of your favorite pizza and wing shops. Don’t go back to your old ways and mess up that diet. Find some great healthy meals from salads to subs around the Queen City for you to enjoy during those lunch breaks either solo or with your favorite coworker.

  • Living Kitchen

    A great local spot famous for its organic plant-based cuisine. Whether you are a vegan or meat lover, there is something for you! Test your taste buds by trying this locally-sourced restaurant offering everything from pizza and burgers to sushi and Thai. Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert – you will enjoy it all.

    For their full menu, click here.

  • Oh My Soul

    Visit NoDa’s first 100% vegan, South African restaurant for your favorite lunch bite. Oh My Soul offers a mixture of foods to enjoy for brunch, lunch, or dinner and some of your favorite cocktails and beverages. Try great vegan options for a satisfying lunch to maintain healthy eating with foods from Macho Nachos to Vish and Chips to a variety of “Vurgers.”

    For their full lunch/dinner menu, click here.

  • Fern Flavors From the Garden

    Take a trip to this vegetarian restaurant with organic, vegan, and gluten-free options for everyone to enjoy. Focused on plant-based and southern cuisines to create great seasonal menus to enjoy during lunch or dinner. For lunch, get a chance to enjoy everything from Thai chili cauliflower and Hong Kong street corn to “crab” risotto and crispy Brussels and kale salad.

    For their full lunch menu, click here.

  • Green Brothers Juice Co.

    This local chain allows you to enjoy all things healthy from smoothies, juices, acai bowls, and healthy baked goodies.
    Locally owned and operated, they push to encourage health and wellness by giving the community healthy options and a great experience.

    Your lunch will be great with options ranging from fresh and high-protein smoothies to grab-and-go bites and acai bowls.
    For their full menu, click here.