We all know how hard it is to find real food in Nashville when you’re on the go with your family or even by yourself. Thankfully, there are some great options that do exist if you’re searching for organic! Below is a list of the top ten establishments (in no particular order) where you can order or pick up items to go while out and about!
If you didn’t already know, 1/5 of Jason’s ingredients are organic! This include many of their menu items like their blue-corn tortilla chips, whole-wheat wraps, field greens, and spinach. If you’re trying to watch what you’re consuming, order the portion-control option that reduces the size of some items (and saves money). Order your sandwich on an organic whole-wheat wrap, and say hello to health!
Noodles and Company
Noodles and Company is great way to appease your various taste bud preferences. You can choose from an Asian, Mediterranean, or American style with options of hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, beef, shrimp, and organic tofu. They’ve even removed all artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from its soups, sauces, and dressings! If you don’t like their noodles, which are free from bioengineered ingredients, you can substitute fresh spinach in some of their dishes. You can order a small or bigger portion from all over Chicago, or from one of their 400+ establishments across the nation.
Panera Bread is just doing healthy the right way. Though “bread” gives its negative connotations to the gluten-free or calorie-conscious consumer, Panera Bread offers a huge variety of choices that are good for you during any meal. Most of their chicken is antibiotic and hormone-free, which we all know is a rarity for large chains, and “organic” doesn’t stop with adults. Kids can order organic yogurt, all-natural peanut butter and jelly, or grilled organic cheese on white whole-grain bread. It’s a win-win for any family.
The Produce Place
A locally-owned natural food grocery near the heart of Sylvan Park, The Produce Place has many long-established relationships with local farmers and produce growers. They also offer local dairy, bread, meats, freshly-made sandwiches, and salads for a fast pickup.
With two locations in Nashville (12 South and Germantown), this sustainable sandwich shop serves local options at fair prices. They push for real food from farmers growing without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, and genetic modifiers. Sloco supports the community and will support you with their house-made, properly portioned meals.
Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe
Dedicated to using the freshest, local, and organic ingredients when possible, the Sunflower Café offers a full to-go menu. It’s a perfect place to stop when you’re out and about. Their house-made sauces, spreads, and toppings are all vegan and gluten-free, and you can’t go wrong with their gourmet veggie burgers or vegan barbecue.
Starting out as a small chain of convenience stores, they were able to grow bigger because they value the same thing as others — healthy items at a good cost. As much as possible, they bargain directly with their suppliers. Even though this Hawaiian-themed store is a chain, they offer some organic food, with vegetarian and vegan foods, natural hygiene products, household cleaners, and more. Stop in to get something to hold you over or a full meal, while picking up real food for your pet, too!
Did you know the Turnip Truck is Nashville’s only full-service, locally-owned natural foods grocer? Their ethically-grown products come from local farms striving for the highest quality. Purchasing from the Turnip Truck also helps your community. They offer an amazing salad and soup bar and many to-go sandwiches, but also other items like cleaning supplies,
With American and European influences, Vegan Vee offers only vegan and gluten-free items. They strive to use organic ingredients whenever and wherever possible and never use artificial colors or flavors. You can also find their products across town!
It’s hard not to add Whole Foods to the list of healthy, organic establishments. Whole Foods offers a full deli, vitamins, the freshest of veggies and fruits, natural body care products, groceries, and more. It’s trying to get away from the “whole paycheck” accolade it’s been deemed and have lowered the prices of many items, which is great for the health-conscious consumer. Their buffet of offerings is delectable. If you’re on the go, they have compostable to-go boxes. Even if you only have ten minutes to spare, take a seat and enjoy your lunch or dinner in their Whole Market.