Finding a balance between being there for my daughter and family while also finding a way to stay engaged in my career and maintain a healthy lifestyle has been extremely challenging these past three months. While I have been getting to the gym two to three times a week, I’m finding it most difficult to get healthy meals in front of me for lunch and dinner. Luckily, I’ve found four local restaurants that have my back and make healthy dining so much easier – allowing me more time to focus on my profession and my family.
Rachael’s Cafe opened as a Cajun cafe five years ago, and introduced a healthy menu — now known as their FIT Meals — three years ago after friends and family requested healthier menu selections. Not only are their meals healthy, they are also flavorful and customizable. In additional to their FIT Meals, the restaurant also introduced meal prep about two years ago. Meals can be ordered from their website where nutritional facts for each item can be found.
Good Eats Kitchen began as an accident after Chef Boyer Derise started meal prepping for family and friends. The restaurant’s goal is to provide convenience to families and professionals who don’t have the time to prepare and cook meals because of their busy schedules. Focusing on providing chef-prepared meals for the health-conscious consumer, Good Eats Kitchen is reinventing the fast food concept. Their target demographic is everyone, since they prepare meals for any dietary consideration. Transparent color-coded nutrition labels give the consumer the necessary tools they need to make a decision based on their specific restriction — whether it be gluten free, paleo, low sodium, high protein, allergies, dairy free, carb conscious, etc.
Sandra’s Cafe and Health Food Store aims to provide Acadiana with a wide variety of home-cooked meals that are savory yet still remain healthy. Pulling fresh produce from their store’s organic inventory daily, each meal is prepared with little waste in mind. Their healthy plate lunches are prepared with all-natural and clean ingredients. You can find their daily menu on Facebook, which typically contains good old-fashioned homestyle meals such as lasagna, elk stew, and rotisserie chicken, with their most popular menu item being chicken shawarma.
4. Taco Sisters
Taco Sisters was created by sisters Molly and Katy Richard nearly 12 years ago. The restaurant is all about homemade specialties created with the freshest ingredients they can find. They source what they can from the Farmer’s Market, local companies, and fish caught straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Taco Sisters strives to provide the best and healthiest alternative to traditional fast food in Louisiana — food that they feel good about feeding to their own families.