There’s nothing more satisfying than gathering for a tasty Chewse meal, particularly mid-day when your inbox is finally (somewhat) tamed, meeting schedules are cleared, and you’re ready to power through the rest of the workday. As the aroma and sight of delicious fare hits your senses, it’s all too easy to grab a plate and pile it high, leaving you perhaps a bit too satisfied after all is said and done. Trust us – with abundant opportunity to sample amazing restaurants and unique cuisines, we’ve been there too. So the question we’re tackling today is: how can you make healthy lunch catering choices, especially when faced with buffet-style fare?

Our Chewse Restaurant Team takes pride in sending your office food that will satisfy. Given that we serve up family-style meals, however, there may be times when not everyone can eat exactly what they want. Which is why we’re here to provide our fellow health-conscious foodies with a few tips and tricks to help you enjoy it all.

Turn your meal into a salad

The majority of Chewse meals feature a salad, delicious sides, and a protein-heavy main, along with vegan and vegetarian options. Healthy lunch catering, built-in! Instead of grabbing tortillas, rice, pasta or other dense carbs as the base of your meal, fill your plate with greens and build from there. Once you top your salad with proteins, side veggies, and dressing or sauce, you’ll have a healthier meal that still packs in a ton of flavor.

Simple is often best

It’s easy to take a relatively healthy lunch… and turn it into full-blown affair when you pile on the nuts, cheese, dressings, creamy sauces, and fried goodness. There’s a time and a place for such delicacies, but when you’re looking to avoid a full-on food coma, this may be the time to simplify your meal. Remember that a little goes a long way! A couple of tablespoons of dressing or sauce is often just as satisfying.

Keep portion-size in mind

When the smell of delicious food pervades your office space, particularly after a long morning where you may have skipped breakfast in favor of coffee and meetings, it’s easy to overdo it when lunchtime rolls around. Portion control, especially when the buffet seems endless and limitless, is an easy and efficient way to make a healthy choice. Not only does good portion control help you feel like you’re not missing out on the good stuff; it also keeps things light and healthy!  Enjoy all the greens and veggies, and think about taking about two palm-sized servings of protein (4-6 ounces). 

Go vegetarian for a meal (or five!)

One great way to eat healthier is to pile your plate with veggies and greens – so ask your Account Manager about vegetarian catering options. Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian-only meal, a Meatless Monday sort of situation, or something in between – we’ve got you covered!

(And no, before you say “ew,” “Vegetarian” for us doesn’t mean “soggy eggplant” or “salad sandwich.”) We make sure all of our meals have healthy catering options everyone will enjoy – take a peek our options in LA and other cities!

Los Angeles catering: smoked portobello mushrooms and sweet potato mash from Baby Blues BBQ
San Francisco catering: steamed veggie dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling King
Silicon Valley catering: vegetable paella from Sipan Peruvian
Austin catering: Creole okra and cajun mac n’ cheese from Lucy’s Fried Chicken
Chicago catering: fettuccine alfredo from Outside the Box

Request healthy lunch catering faves

There are some incredibly healthy and satisfying options in the Chewse restaurant list – and what better way to guarantee a light lunch or dinner than personally requesting a meal? You can always ask your dedicated Account Manager for something wholesome and clean, and we’ll serve up something that fits the bill. Think kale with tahini walnut sauce or beet and arugula salad or roasted kombucha squash.

Who says healthy has to be boring?