Out of all the cities one can pick to study abroad in or visit, Paris is one of the best places to make healthy dietary choices (not to say that it’s a bad place to make absolutely terrible dietary choices as well – did somebody say steak frites?) It might not be easy, but if you’re dead-set on having a Paris Fashion Week ready body, then it’s definitely doable.
Most people picture eating in Paris as spending every meal at an outdoor café, chomping on cheese and baguettes and people watching . For the majority of your meals, this is just not realistic. When time and nutrients are scarce, here’s where to get some ATA approved healthy eats in the city of bread and cheese:
For when you’re on the go
Vegetarians will be very happy here. There are 11 locations across Paris (as well as others in France and other European countries too, in case you were interested). You’ll find plastic-wrapped ready-to-go sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts here along with other side vegetable dishes and yogurt parfaits. They take nutrition pretty seriously here – you can look up nutrition facts for all of their products online.
82 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
For when you need a place to study
Bert’s stays true to the idea that 40% of a woman’s daily energy should be coming from her lunchtime meal (approx. 800 calories worth). In addition to the recommended location, there are 7 other locations across Paris (1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, and 13th arondissments). You can enjoy free wifi here with your choice of sitting at a desk area, tables, or couches.
4 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75008 Paris
For a group picnic at the park
This is another great place to go for organic food on-the-go. Try their Formule Fitness, which gets you a salad or a sandwich with one of their smoothies. If you’re getting a group of people together for a picnic, this is the place to pick up food. Noon offers serving portions of salads, tarts and other desserts that feed 8-10 people.
24 rue d'Anjou 75008 Paris
For non-French speakers who need a break from baguettes
This tiny Americanized gem is one of the only places in Paris where you’ll find the cold-pressed juices that you've been missing from home. Open early for breakfast and lunch, this is the perfect place to cleanse your body from the stinky cheeses.
15 rue Lucien Sampaix 75010 Paris