Six locations in the city
My sons and I try to spend as much time as possible exploring
the city, especially in the summer. Lunch can be a problem, though.
If I don't want to spend obscene amounts of money, it seems like we
end up eating the worst kinds of fast food. But recently I
discovered a much better option at Freshii.
I have never experienced fresher food on the go. With wraps,
salads and soups all made to order, it's a perfect spot to pick up
items for a picnic or bench lunch. While Freshii has some standard
menu items, it also uses a "build your own" format so you can
choose a soup bowl, noodle bowl or wrap and personalize it with
your three favorite toppings. The focus is on ingredients low in
fat but high in fiber and vitamins. Portion sizes are kept
moderate, but so is the price.
Since Freshii recently unveiled a low-price kids' menu, my sons
and I took advantage of the Water Tower Place location to sample
Starting with the basic teriyaki noodle bowl, my 11-year-old
dressed it up with cilantro, tofu and even some red pepper flakes.
I'd love to say I tried it, but he ate every bit. My other boys
stuck with the standard chicken soup and quesadilla lunches and
found them both delicious. These meals cost under $6. Though I'm
not even a vegetarian, I decided to try the vegan wrap (in the
spirit of healthy lunch). It was really delicious, filled with
enough flavor and texture to make a satisfying lunch.
Freshii has also taken a stand to eliminate much of the paper
and plastic waste associated with take-out food. Packaging is
trimmed down, and you'll have to remember to grab utensils and
napkins if you need them, because they won't automatically be
thrown in with your order.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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