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NYC Healthy Living Guide: Food Trucks

September 8, 2011

The Fall IINto Action! conference is only days away! So far, we’ve given you plenty of healthy meal options for your trip to the Big Apple, but we all know that sometimes finding time to sit down for a meal is hard when you would rather spend your time exploring the city. Enter food trucks.  Long gone are the days when food trucks were home to cheap, greasy wraps or skewers of unidentifiable meat. As Food Trucks become more and more popular in New York, you can find everything from an organic twist on a classic hotdog, or a garden fresh salad to elaborate, naturally flavored ice cream cones sold on the street.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite Food Trucks that are not only delicious, but healthy too! Just make sure you follow all of them on twitter to find out the location of the trucks.

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Katchkie Farms
Follow: @katchkietruck

Famed catering company Great Performances, who work with Katchkie Farms, decided to create a food truck to take their farm fresh ingredients on the road and into the hands of hungry, healthy New Yorkers. If you’re in the mood for a cheeseburger, veggie burger or a pulled pork sandwich, track down this truck! 


go healthyGo Healthy Free Fruit Fridays
Follow: @GoHealthyNY

Every Friday until November, Go Healthy will be driving around all 5 boroughs offering free fruit to New Yorkers with the hope of promoting healthier eating. If you are in the mood for a free, healthy snack, or just want to mingle with like-minded people, this is the truck for you!


green pirate juiceGreen Pirate Juice
Follow: @JuicePirate

This truck is serving up delicious and freshly pressed juices all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. September is still warm in NYC, and a refreshing juice is the perfect snack or light meal to cool you down and fuel your day ahead!


crisp on wheelsCrisp
Follow: @CrispOnWheels

Crisp is a 100% vegetarian, health-smart Mediterranean truck that features classic hummus and falafel dishes packed with nutrients and delicious flavor. The Crisp Sandwich serves falafel on a white or whole-wheat pita layered with hummus and fresh vegetables. If you are feeling more adventurous, try one of their many international twists such as the Crisp Mexican or Crisp Athenian!


van leeuwenVan Leeuwen
Follow: @VLAIC

Craving something sweet? Track down the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck frequently seen in several Lower Manhattan locations and in Brooklyn. This truck features naturally flavored frozen treats in a variety of flavors. If you’re in the mood for something traditional, try the strawberry or chocolate, but if you want something a little bit more exotic, sample the ginger.  Just need a quick pick me up? They serve coffee too!


rouge tomateRouge Tomate
Follow: @RogueTomateNYC

Rogue Tomate, has long been a favorite healthy restaurant for New Yorkers,  so it was greatly rejoiced when the owners opened a cart selling salads, soups and sandwiches made of local, seasonal produce in upper Manhattan. The cart is solar powered and with biodegradable packaging; Rouge Tomate cart is an all around healthy lunch choice  – both for you and the environment! This cart is permanently stationed in Central Park on 64th Street and 5th Ave. 



GustOrganics, a restaurant on 14th Street, is taking healthy, clean food to the streets and serving it in Midtown Manhattan.  If you want to grab a quick bite between shopping and sight-seeing, head over to 53rd Street and Park Avenue for an organic chicken, beef or vegetable wrap from the GustOrganics cart.


good to go organicsGood to go Organics

Skip the “dirty water” hotdogs in central park and head to the Good to Go Organics Cart for an Applegate Farms Organic hotdog that will certainly leave you feeling happy and full as you wander the park. Choose from a classic beef hotdog, Chicken Sausage or go crazy with the OldStyle Spinach and Feta dog in flatbread covered with sauerkraut, onions and spicy brown mustard!


taim mobileTaim Mobile
Follow: @TaimMobile

Not sure if you want a smoothie or a delicious hummus and falafel dish for lunch? You can have both at the Taim Truck! With a strictly vegetarian menu, Taim came from the streets of Tel Aviv and now serves hungry, vegetarian New Yorkers throughout Manhattan. Taim has been known to have quite a line at lunch time, but no wonder – in Hebrew, “taim” means “tasty”!

Happy Food Truck hunting!