Where to Grab a Light Lunch Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Day is an opportunity to reflect on all of the things for which we are grateful and to spend time with the ones we love. But, let’s be honest, the real reason we all actually love Thanksgiving is because it’s a great excuse to stuff. your. face. It’s a day when you can literally eat anything you want, all day long and not feel guilty about it. That is, until you wake up the next day and realize you can no longer button your pants. Check out one of these spots for a lighter lunch that will help get you “back on track”:

Life Alive is an organic cafe at 765 Mass Ave in Cambridge, with two additional locations in Lowell and Salem. They pride themselves in making whole food with organic, sustainable ingredients that is served in a quick and convenient manner. The menu offers something for everyone including those health food naysayers: grain based meals available in bowls or wraps, salads, simple snacks, soups and grilled wraps. You’ll finish this meal feeling as though you’ve done something good for your body. 

If you’re familiar with Red Lentil Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant you might be psyched to learn that they’ve opened a sister restaurant: Wild Rice Vegan Cafe located at 71 Elm Street in Watertown. As their name suggests, the menu is completely vegan but is sure to appeal to all types of eaters and offers a healthy option after your Thanksgiving day binge. You’ll find familiar menu items that have been tweaked, like the Texmex Enchilada made with sweet potatoes, black beans and vegan cheese, using fresh and healthy vegan ingredients that are elevated with interesting spices and sauces.

True Grounds at 717 Broadway in Somerville offers homemade baked goods, healthy sandwiches and a varied salad menu. They are committed to making most of their dressings, sauces, spreads and soups in house. True Grounds was also selected as one of the top ten coffee houses in the nation by USA Today. When coming out of your Thanksgiving food coma, stop into True Grounds for an awesome cup of coffee or tea and a satisfying salad, like the Portabella Goat or the Thai Chicken. You’ll love their cozy atmosphere and good for you food.