Healthy DC Lunches to Keep You on Your Diet

As the metro DC area starts to heat up (this Saturday gave me just the warm, sunny boost I needed), my thoughts turn to Summer and how I plan on fitting in all my bathing suits and shorts from last year. Fortunately, there are so many quick, portable lunch options that make sure I don’t pick up fast food or snacks while I’m running around town. Here are a few of my top healthy lunch spots, located all over the city, so I never have an excuse to not stick to my diet…

Joe & the Juice (1500 K Street NW)

This new-to-DC transplant is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to power up during lunchtime – especially because I always want to linger around and snap photos in their adorable space. Try the Power Shake paired with an Avocado Sandwich for a perfectly fresh lunch that won’t weigh you down.

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VIBE: Chill + Hipster

Amsterdam Falafelshop (Locations in Adams Morgan, 14th Street, and L’Enfant Plaza)

This unassuming Falafel spot might serve as your late-night eats after a night of partying, but don’t sleep on this place during the day for a quick bite. Skip the fries and load your falafel sandwich or bowl up with as many veggies as you can – they have over 22 options of toppings to choose from, including jalapenos, baba ganoush, and red cabbage (my favorites).

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VIBE: Hipster


Falafel DC (1210 Potomac Street NW)

I never fail to stop here for lunch in Georgetown, an area in DC known for its pricey eats – because I can pick up a full meal for less than $7. Grab a salad made with spinach, falafel (are you sensing a theme here?), tomatoes, cucumbers, and crispy pita chips and a cold water for next to nothing. If you want to splurge, though, split the amazingly herby fries with a friend and try all of their self-serve sauces.

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VIBE: So College

Gorsha (Located at Union Market – 1309 5th Street NE)

I love Union Market for many reasons, but most especially because its in my neighborhood. I love to wander around the aisles and sampling delicious treats, but when I need a quick, healthy meal I always stop at Gorsha. This modern Ethiopian pop-up creates food with traditionally ethnic flavors, but in a portable bowl-style package. I always get a smaller injera base bowl (rather than rice), served with lamb and all the veggies.

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VIBE: Chill + Very DC

VA + MD Bonus: Sweetgreen (Locations in Georgetown, West End, Dupont, Capitol Hill, Glover Park, Logan Circle, Rosslyn, Ballston, and Bethesda)

How could anyone forget Sweetgreen, the DC-born salad concept that has since exploded nationwide? I can always come back to this place in a pinch, because of their many locations, and I love their rotating seasonal menu. I try to get something new every time, but I always go back to my favorites in the end – Harvest Kale. 

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern/Legislative Assistant

VIBE: So DC + Buzzing

VA + MD Bonus: Chopt (Locations in Dupont Circle, Chinatown, Farragut, Rosslyn, and Chevy Chase)

Another delicious salad shop that has recently caught my attention, and I love to pop when I’m starving but needing to stay on track with my diet. Like Sweetgreen, they have a rotating menu as well, and I love their wide variety of options. My newest favorite is the Sonoma Caesar – get it while it lasts!

PRICE POINT: Hill Intern/Legislative Assistant

VIBE: So DC + Buzzing

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