As a mom on the go, the last thing I have time for is joining
the "ladies who lunch" circuit. It's more like "ladies who have 25
minutes to cram in something between errands."
Needless to say, I believe the days of lounging with a glass of
Chardonnay on a banquette at the Pump Room are light years away. At
least it feels like it now, as I wrangle my 2-year-old through
hurried meals of grilled cheese sandwiches.
But I'm on a mission to eat healthier and do it quickly. Here
are some of my favorite places to go when you've got to eat
fast-but not fast food.
Talk about efficient. Put your hazards on in front of the River
North location, and in less than eight minutes, for about $8, you
can have a high-protein, good-for-you meal that fills you up way
beyond your kids' bedtime. You heard me right. There's nothing
worse than starving in the school pick-up line. Try the
Bar-ritos-all natural wraps with meat or vegetarian ingredients.
Protein Bar Chicago has breakfast, too. I know I never have time to
eat, let alone eat properly before school drop-off. 352 N. Clark
St., (312) 527-0450, proteinbarchicago.com
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When I'm feeling really ragged, I try to add a little
continental cuisine flair to my day by swinging by Floriole Bakery
in Lincoln Park. With handmade everything, Floriole is known for
ingredients from locally sourced farms and butter or chocolate
straight from Europe. After all, Floriole started as a stand at the
Green City Market. I currently love the trio of salads in varieties
like Beet and Black Lentils or White Bean Hummus and Toast. With
their free Internet access as well, I don't feel too guilty staying
for just a little while to get a little work done. 1220 W. Webster
Ave., (773) 883-1313, floriole.com
The folks at Hannah's Bretzel call themselves "uber sandwich
makers" and uber they are-Hannah's breads and fillings are all
organic and hormone-free. The shop doesn't just take its patrons'
health seriously, but that of the environment as well-all food is
served on recycled materials. Makes carrying out that Thanksgiving
365 sandwich all that tastier. Four locations, hannahsbretzel.com
There's a lot of talk about the Mediterranean diet being one of
the healthiest in the world, so I like to stock up on all the
fixings of a good solid falafel feast. With the new fast-casual
Falafill in Lakeview, I can get my fill of hummus, baba ghanoush
and tabouleh in a hurry. Or just a delicious juice if I'm that
busy. 3202 N. Broadway, (773) 525-0052, eatfalafill.com
Epic Burger has rules. Settled in the home-store mecca that is
North and Sheffield, it sticks by its mantra of only serving the
healthiest and most natural cuts of meats and freshest toppings. As
a bonus, you can also grab a healthy smoothie with dairy
alternative to take on the go. 1000 W. North Ave., (312) 440-9700,
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Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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