How to be Both Lazy & Healthy in LA & NYC

We got schooled in the art of ordering in.

By: Selin Bozkaya
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

We’ve all been there—you arrive back home from a super intense workout (and you were planning on grocery shopping, but you know, it’s just not going to happen) and you’re too hungry to even think about cooking. Also cue those nights when you literally can’t get out of bed and snap out that hours long fill-in-the-blank Netflix marathon.

In an effort to help you avoid these scenarios (or never leave your house or let’s be real, bed on Sunday evenings), we consulted a handful of health-conscious experts for their go-to delivery spots in both NYC and LA, plus everything from their substitutions (extra guac, anyone?) to the healthy-ish dishes you can find on almost every menu. Herein, the takeout options you can actually feel good about—thank us later.

 

Anna Kaiser

Founder, AKT InMotion

 

Go-to delivery places
“My favorite healthy places in New York to order take out from are Juice Generation, Sweet Green, Fresh N Co., H​u Kitchen​, and I like to pick up food from Dig Inn. I usually pick up the food I order! But if I am in a hurry I will use Postmates or Seamless.”

 

What she orders
“My go-to order is usually high protein and lots of veggies regardless of where I order from. I either get chicken or​ fish, and sometimes I'll mix it up with red meat​ (usually once a week)​! I either get a salad or a mix of veggies: broccoli, asparagus, spinach, celery, carrots, mescl​u​n mix salad, kale, and ​and/or ​sweet potatoes.”

 

What to avoid
“I try to stay away from ketchup, mustard, mayo and excessive oil. I ​will ​get the dressing on the side and seek out beautiful, fresh food that tastes good without added sweeteners, preservatives, processed fat, or excess salt.”

Ordering tips
“Get the dressing or sauce on the side—it’s a NO BRAINER! It's helpful to get portion controlled dishes so you know how much you’re eating instead of ordering from restaurants that deliver large family style portions. SKIP the sugary drinks! Drink water. Those sugary drinks are doing way more damage than good.”

 


 

Amanda Bacon

Owner, Moon Juice

 

Go-to delivery places
“The original Souen in Soho when I’m in NYC.”

 

What she orders
“I always get the miso soup!”

 

Ordering tips
“Add some raw green plant foods to the mix. That could mean having a side dish of cultured veggies to complement your meal or simply sprinkling fresh parsley on top of your pasta dish.”

 

Chloe Coscarelli

Chef, by CHLOE.

 

 

Go-to delivery places
“I love ordering sushi! I'll order from anywhere or if I'm in NYC I will choose my favorite vegan sushi chain, Beyond Sushi. I also use Postmates because the options are endless.”

 

What she orders
“I usually just go for plain avocado rolls (rice on the outside) but I order like five of them! Or the Spicy Mango from Beyond Sushi.”

 

What to avoid
“If I'm ordering Thai food, I always ask for the tofu to be steamed not fried. I learned this trick from my roommate—it's healthier and the tofu soaks up the sauce a lot better when it doesn't have that fried coating.”

 

Ordering tips
“Order a side of vegetables or side salad on top of your original order. That way you can fill up on some veggies first and maybe stretch your order to a second day of leftovers!”

 


 

Simone De La Rue

Founder, Body by Simone

 

Go-to delivery places
“In LA I love, Fresh Corn Grill, Tender Greens, Beaming, and Pressed Juicery. In NYC, Sakara Life and Hu Kitchen. Postmates is making some coin from me lately, too.”

 

What she orders
“I am currently obsessed with fish tacos in lettuce leaves. And root vegetables and glazed yams as a side.”

 

What to avoid
“I always choose a vegetable as a side, rather than a carb. I decline the bread, fries or cream sauce.”

 

Ordering tips
“Always choose a protein that you can fill up on. Ask for it with no dressing or sauces. Choose water rather than a soda.”

 


 

Vanessa Packer

Founder, modelFIT

 

Go-to delivery places
“In New York my go-to choices are Sweetgreen, The Butcher's Daughter, Candle Cafe, Two Hands and Juice Press. In L.A., Moon Juice, Kreation Kafe, and The Butcher's Daughter Venice. I'm obsessed with Erewhon Market, Juice Served Here, Sweetgreen, and Real Food Daily.”

 

What she orders
“A super green juice to start and a hearty salad with tons of colorful vegetables with either quinoa or a grilled piece of fish on top.”

 

What to avoid
“I tend to avoid added sodium and sugar. You typically find this in dressings/sauces, so definitely keep these on the side. Always look for substitution options, like chickpeas or cauliflower instead of a traditional flour crust or brown rice over white rice.”

 

Ordering tips
“It's easy to get carried away when ordering online or via app, so be careful about how much food you are ordering (i.e. portion control). Also, keeping in mind veggies are your best friend, the majority of your meal should be comprised of a variety of green vegetables. Always choose grilled not fried; and organic and gluten-free when available.”

 

Paula Cademartori handbag courtesy of Holt Renfrew.

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