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Get Healthy Quick at Protein Bar

Posted November 26, 2012 by Mary Kong-DeVito in Food

When I think about it, healthy lunch options are pretty limited in this city.  I tried Googling “healthy quick DC” once and it simply laughed at me in a halting, Stephen Hawking voice.

Protein Bar lets you customize your own smoothies, quinoa bowls, chili, soups, salads, and of course, the bar-ritos.  These low-calorie, high protein options with satisfying carbs are actually good for you.  Good for you!  The last thing I ate that was good for me was a blueberry pie.  Protein Bar’s menu is so healthy in fact, author and food writer Nevin Martell lost 12 pounds in one month eating there 6 days a week.

Take for example, the Ivy Bar-rito, my favorite. Fresh white-meat chicken, organic quinoa, flirty basil pesto and just enough parmesan to keep me from protesting. Nothing in this tasty wrap was formed out of pink goo.  And it’s filling and flavorful at only 530 calories.  Bar-ritos also make for a good walking lunch.

You know what else is 530 calories? A McCafé eggnog shake.  So creamy, so sugary.  But you know what?  Your face would fall off.  No…no it wouldn’t, we lie.  Your hair will.

Mandatory must-tries: The Newport chicken salad (pictured), buffalo chicken quinoa bowl, Georgetown Green Tea smoothie and Blue Line smoothie.  This Chicago-based chain makes everything in-house daily and uses local ingredients whenever possible.  So get healthy.  And keep your hair.

Protein Bar
398 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.