Energy Kitchen vs Simple Kitchen

Simple Kitchen

by Edward Gemdjian

Those of you familiar with Chelsea know of these two take out restaurants, located on opposite ends of 17th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.  Both promise a vision of health, fitness and wellness, but the similarities pretty much end there.

Energy Kitchen is a New York City chain, recently re inventing it’s brand under the banner “Go Healthy”.  Their process is, quite frankly, simple: controlled caloric intake and a balance of proteins carbohydrates and healthy fats.  No single meal exceeds 540 calories even though the menu boasts cheeseburgers, creamy spinach and even Meatloaf.  This is done by using leaner meats such as chicken breast, turkey, bison, and ostrich, low fat dairy, and little or no added salt, herbs and spices.  The end result is very clean, and sometimes bland, product which will definitely decrease your daily caloric intake.  I suggest Energy Kitchen as a substitute to meals that would otherwise be tragically bad for you.  If you’re jonesing for a bacon cheeseburger, Energy will gladly supply you with a bison burger, low fat cheese and canadian bacon for less than half the calories.  There is, however, no information as to the sources of Energy Kitchen’s ingredients, which pretty much guarantees that we are not talking about organic, natural, farm raised or sustainable product.

Simple Kitchen, on the other hand, has no caloric information on their menu or anywhere on their website.  Instead, their focus is on using natural and organic ingredients from local and sustainable farms to make tasty “feel good” meals.  Ingredients like quinoa, glass noodles, tofu, kale and “vegan cranberry oatmeal cookies” are common place on the seasonal menu.  In comparison the food definitely tastes better, and if you believe that organic farming practices yield better product then there is only one obstacle left before visiting Simple Kitchen.  Unlike Energy, Simple kitchen definitely has high calorie dishes, the least of which are their muffins and deserts.  Although they do not provide the information, I would not be surprised if their best selling “Chicken and Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese” exceeds 800 calories per plate.

In the end, just like the rest of us, neither of these restaurants is perfect, but I would recommend both as healthy eating options.  If you are a self aware eater that can control your portions, Simple Kitchen is the tastier and higher quality choice.  If you have not yet mastered the difference between healthy and unhealthy dishes, Energy Kitchen is your “can’t miss” fall back.

Happy Eating!

Edward Gemdjian is a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Holistic Lifestyle Coach.  Team Awesome is his response to the myriads of misinformation about health and fitness in the media.  He currently sees clients exclusively at Equinox Fitness in Chelsea, New York.

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