Last night, my friends and I decided to try out The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro, a new Canadian chain restaurant that recently opened a location in Oakville. I wasn’t expecting to find much in the way of healthy food on the menu (one of my friends ordered a milkshake and poutine to start and they were served in a Pyrex cup and a bucket, respectively) but was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s actually easy to eat healthy at The WORKS Burger. Some options for the health conscious diner:
You can order your burger on a whole wheat bun or hold the bun altogether
If you’re looking for something leaner than beef, you can order grilled chicken, ground turkey, Portobello mushroom, tofu or elk for your patty
For your side, you can order a mixed green salad and unlike some bullshit restaurants that charge you extra to replace your heaping pile of fries with lettuce and vinegar, it won’t cost you anything; you also get to choose your dressing and it’s served on the side
While their topping combinations include some heart attack-inducing creations that are loaded with sauces and processed meats, there are a number of healthy combinations that consist of vegetables and cheese only.
I ordered the Johnny Be Goat, which is topped with goat cheese, red peppers and spinach. I also added avocado to mine.
For my patty, I ordered domestic elk, which is leaner, has more protein and less cholesterol than ground beef. From Self.com:
Perfect high protein meal for a lifting day. And with that clever segue, let’s recap Friday morning’s strength workout:
|Exercise||Sets x Reps / Time||Weight|
|Squats||3 x 10||70 lbs|
|Chest press||3 x 10||40 lbs|
|Single leg deadlift||3 x 10 per leg||12.5 lb dumbbells|
|Tricep press||3 x 10||30 lbs|
|Lunges||3 x 10 per leg||45 lbs|
|Cable wood chop||3 x 10 per side||13 lbs|
|Plank||3 @ 1 minute||N/A|
I then capped off the week with a high energy Body Attack class this morning. So, overall, here’s what my week in fitness looked like:
Sunday – RPM
Monday – Body Pump
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Weights + Body Attack Express
Thursday – Rest
Friday – Weights
Saturday – Body Attack
I’m planning to try a new class combo at my gym tomorrow morning – an express format of Body Pump followed by 30 minutes of CXWORX. Look for the review tomorrow!
Are there any restaurants that surprised you by offering healthy options?