Health & Wellness Columnist

Herald-Banner health and wellness columnist Liz Jones operates a yoga, personal training and corporate wellness program soon to expand as Jones Wellness Ranch in Greenville. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management.

This time of year we all get busy.  Getting prepared for the holidays, school is in full swing, or with jobs like I work at by day all keep many people in a hectic schedule.  I do my best to have my protein shake for breakfast and pack my lunch, which is often a bag of kale salad, and cook dinner when I get home.  There are days however that I haven’t been to the grocery store so don’t have ingredients I need, run out of time, or have to go out in the field and don’t take a lunch break, but I still need to eat.  Other times if I go to work and the gym, I am very hungry by the time I head home so, although I prefer food I’ve made myself or someone has made for me personally, I semi-regularly eat meals that came out of a window and go to a restaurant to have something to eat.

When I find I need to eat on the run, or outside of my regular meals, I try to find “healthier alternatives” to what is available.  Following are some of my favorites around town. I don’t often eat bread products but occasionally I make the exception for a meal on the town.

Taco Bell- fiesta potato breakfast burrito, no cheese and a large water.

Believe it or not Taco Bell is my go to breakfast if I don’t have time to make a protein shake or I’m out of coconut milk at my house.  The staff is extremely nice and they know my order right off the bat.  The eggs give me protein and the potatoes carbohydrates and some good vitamins.  The tortilla is not on my standard meal plan but I will have one when I need to have a realistic vehicle to transport food in my mouth while on the run.  Make sure to get it without cheese!

Bottlecap Alley- turkey burger loaded with veggies.

Again, this is a lunch go to for a good protein punch and some healthy veggies. You can order it on a lettuce wrap which I like the best, but if I’m eating in my car, the bun works better to not have food in my lap.  I also love their black bean burger.  Again not a “car portable food,” but a good source of plant based protein if I eat inside.

Corner Street Pub- my special Liz sandwich version of the Rueben

At the Pub the staff are super sweet and accommodate my “special food needs.”  I order the Rueben sandwich with grilled chicken (lean protein instead of corned beef), sauerkraut (good probiotic when made right), on rye bread.  No cheese (of course) and I’ll usually get the dressing on the side to dip for a little flavor.  Really delicious and protein packed.

Mac’s- house salad with 4 oz steak

I am SO excited to have a new restaurant in town.  They have the perfect “stick to the plan” meal with a house salad with vinaigrette and a 4 oz piece of steak- which is the perfect serving size of protein.  And it was delicious.  I even had a little glass of Champaign with my meal and it was spot on! If you’d like to see my presentation on “healthier cocktails” go to my website and click on the power point.

Marisco De Golfo- seafood cocktail/Vuelve a la Vida

“Comes Back to Life,” one of my favorite little healthy secrets around Greenville.  A mix of fresh seafood in a tomato base sauce.  Be careful if you order it hot!! Great source of protein, DELICIOUS and the hot version will clear your sinuses.  Mariscos is a tiny little restaurant down on Lee street and they do a great job.

Jones is the owner of Liz Jones Wellness LLC, offering yoga, personal training and corporate wellness programs in Hunt and Rockwall counties, soon to be based out ofthe new Jones Wellness Ranch in Greenville. She can be reached at or through her website at

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