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Eating to Live on the Outside: Health in a Hurry

Now that’s a pretty encouraging name if you ask me. It’s also a good marketing move. Unlike the original name for McDonald's, which was “Have You Looking for a Bathroom in a Hurry.” So, does Health in a Hurry live up to its moniker? Well there’s only one way to find out. Troops! Suit up, we’re going in.

Okay, I’m happy to report that Health in a Hurry is very similar to other health-conscious restaurants we’ve encountered in the past. Meaning, there are lots and lots of Fuhrman-friendly menu items to choose from, not unlike the menus of Pure Food and Wine and Mesob. So, instead of being a tyrant about the menu, I’m going to pick the dishes that look the most appealing to me; because as you’ll see, Health in a Hurry gives you plenty of options.

First up, check out the soups! Specifically the Greens, it’s prepared with collards, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, kale, parsley, onions, and celery. I think we can all agree—that’s a ton of phytonutrients! Dr. Fuhrman is a big advocate of soups. Why? Well, think about it. When you eat soup you eat, you consume the chunky stuff and the liquid, right? So you don’t really lose any nutrients in the cooking process, do you?

Next is the Crisp Green Salad, it looks mighty tasty! This salad comes with chickpeas, carrots, red cabbage, golden beets, mixed greens, blue cheese, and dressing. Obviously the blue cheese gets the heave-ho. Dr. Fuhrman considers cheese to be a downright horrible food. With the cheese gone, you’re left with a pretty decent salad. Personally, I’d go lightly on the salad dressing and simply relish the power of the beets, although, what they do to you after the fact can be funny.

Take a look at the Summer Slaw. An interesting dish that probably looks nothing like the standard American coleslaw they used to slop into those tiny plastic cups in school cafeterias—and that’s a good thing! The Summer Slaw is made with celery root, diakon, radish, red cabbage, green cabbage, carrot, celery, and jicama. What got me excited about this dish are all the vegetables I haven’t tried. I’d be hard-pressed to pass this one up. Has anyone ever tried diakon, jicama, or celery root? Tell me about. I’m sure they’re all very nutrient-rich.

Now, normally when I eat beans, my friends hit the bomb shelter. Well sorry guys, hope its cozy down there, because the Mexican Lentil Salad is looking good. It’s prepared with "chilpolte-lime" vinaigrette, green lentils, jicama, celery, carrots, red onion, and fresh cilantro. Again, there’s jicama in there, so this would be a great opportunity to give this veggie a whirl. And of course, I’d be sure to go easy on the dressing, especially since this one has a little heat.

Finally, I’m really digging the Roasted Veggie Wrap. What’s it come with? Let’s see. Red pepper, yams, carrot, fennel, parsnip, onion, olive oil, salt & pepper, and a spinach wrap. Pretty cool, right? I love roasted fennel! I’d probably drop the olive oil and the salt, but I’d keep the spinach wrap. That would be my concession. I don’t think it’s a particular big concession, like I say all the time, focus on the veggies. Repeat after me, “Focus on the veggies.”

So, I think Health in Hurry certainly lives up to its namesake. We just looked at five potential meals for an Eat to Liver and most of them required little or no concessions. Tell you what, take a look at the rest of Health in Hurry’s menu and let us know how you Eat to Live on the Outside? Leave a comment or email us at diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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Keith - April 8, 2007 3:50 AM

Daikon is great. It is like a large mild radish. I grate daikon and carrots together for a quick salad to put next to my green salad all the time.

Jicama is also pretty good. I like it best sliced thin with chopped oranges, cilantro, and chili powder.

I've never had celery root. I don't know that I have ever come across it anywhere but the compost heap. I'll have to look for it.

JoE - April 16, 2008 4:21 PM

I was at Health In A Hurry today. It's a great take-out place great soups and they really pack the salad greens into the clam shells. They are starting to leave the oil out of some items at customers requests. If you are in the area you should give them a try.......Joe

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