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Salads on the east side

Salads 2 Go has specialty salad options such as Spinach and Strawberry Salad.
Salads 2 Go has specialty salad options such as Spinach and Strawberry Salad. Special to The Telegraph

Whenever I pick up lunch, I’m usually reluctant to get a salad.

It’s not because I don’t like salads, because I definitely do. And we all know that if you want to have a healthy diet, you better be eating salad sometimes. It’s a great way to get a substantial amount of raw, nutrient packed vegetables and fruits into your diet.

The reason I hesitate to buy salads for lunch is simply because I find I often spend too much money for too little food.

You already know that salad isn’t very filling as it is, unless you have a lot of it — at least that’s how it is for me. In my opinion, many places where you can buy salad get it right as far as appearance and variety of ingredients in the salad, but the portion sizes make me feel like I bought the salad for my 2-year old daughter instead of myself. And when I spend $8-$10 on a salad for lunch and I’m still hungry, I am not happy.

So, when I visited Salads 2 Go in east Macon, located at 1950 Millerfield Road, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased on all ends.

I met the owner, Tasha Williams, at the Iron Men Health Fair last month. Before talking with her, I’d never heard of Salads 2 Go. I liked her idea of a salad restaurant, so I figured I would give it a try.

The large salad I ended up purchasing was $10, but let’s just say that this salad really was a large salad. If I wanted, I could have just eaten three-quarters of it and been satisfied, but since I enjoyed it so much, I figured I would finish the whole thing.

Although Salads 2 Go has specialty salad options such as Cobb Salad and Spinach and Strawberry Salad, I opted to build my own. There’s a huge list of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds to choose from, and you can choose as many of them as you desire without incurring extra costs. The only things that actually cost extra are extra meat and extra dressing, but trust me, you won’t need extra anything. Salads 2 Go is not stingy with their portions.

They also have a “small” sized salad for $6-$7, which, according to my wife, is more than enough for lunch.

Salads 2 Go was created by Tasha in 2014 and apparently gets good business — including a lot of regular customers. That doesn’t surprise me. I believe a lot of people in Middle Georgia are looking for a place to buy a lunch that is healthy, filling and that leaves a few dollars in your wallet.

So if you find yourself on Macon’s east side around lunch time, consider Salads 2 Go. Trust me, you will get your money’s worth.

If you’re a reader with questions or someone with a healthy restaurant who wants to let Macon know you’re on the map, send me an email. Your question or your restaurant just might get featured here in the Fitness Corner.

Peach County resident Shawn McClendon is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of the health/fitness blog YourHealthAtTheCrossroads.com. Contact him at shawn@yourhealthatthecrossroads.com.

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