They say you have to choose between flavor and health. You know what? They’re wrong.

Here’s how seven nutrition and fitness experts build delicious, healthful meals that fuel their lives:

Pre-Workout

Troy Brooks | @troy_brooks

Troy, a wellness professional specializing in pre- and post-natal personal training, recommends keeping it low carb and nutrient dense before workouts.

Troy’s Bowl:
  • Baby Spinach
  • Harissa
  • Spicy Lamb Meatballs
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Cabbage Slaw

“Lean easily digestible protein, rich greens, essential healthy fats — and the Harissa is loaded in vitamins and helps speed up your metabolism.”

Troy Brooks and his pre-workout CAVA bowl.

Plant Based

Jules Hunt | @omandthecity

This yoga and mindfulness teacher, wellness entrepreneur, and blogger, is not vegan – but she still very much enjoys a meat-free meal.

Jules’s Bowl:
  • Spinach
  • Saffron Basmati Rice
  • Traditional Hummus
  • Roasted Vegetables (seasonal)
  • Cauliflower Quinoa Tabbouleh
  • Carrots + Currants (seasonal)
  • Lemon Herb Tahini

“I love all of the clean and simple ingredients in this bowl. While I do eat meat, I opted to keep it plant-based since it’s already jam-packed with delicious whole foods!”

Recovery Meal

Mike Donavanik | @mikedfitness

This celebrity trainer and fitness content creator typically skips breakfast and eats a light lunch – so dinner must be heavy and protein-rich.

Mike’s Bowl:
  • Saffron Basmati Rice
  • Tzatziki
  • Eggplant + Red Pepper
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • Braised Beef
  • Braised Lamb
  • Tomato + Cucumber
  • Tomato + Onion
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Red Pepper Chickpea dressing (seasonal)

“This bowl is hearty, nutrient-rich, and flavorful – couldn’t ask for more.”

Whole30

Claire Siegel | @thepetiteprofessional

As a Registered Dietitian & Whole30 Coach, Claire acknowledges that eating out while following the Whole30 plan can be no fun. CAVA is the exception.

Claire’s Bowl:
  • SuperGreens
  • SplendidGreens
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Carrots + Currants (seasonal)
  • Diced Cucumber Tomato + Cucumber
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Green Harissa

“I love that CAVA has ingredient transparency AND some amazingly tasty and interesting Whole30 components to mix and match!”

Claire Siegel on left, and her Whole30 CAVA bowl on right.

Paleo

Nancy Chen | @approachingpaleo

This wellness blogger, yoga instructor, and boxing trainer built a Paleo bowl full of hearty cruciferous greens that are a match to the rich braised lamb and spicy harissa dressing.

Nancy’s Bowl:
  • SuperGreens
  • Braised Lamb
  • Roasted Vegetables (seasonal)
  • Carrots + Currants (seasonal)
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • Tomato + Onion
  • Lemon Herb Tahini
  • Green Harissa

“It’s perfectly filling without being too heavy.”

On the Go

Adam Von Rothfelder | @vonrothfelder

This performance lifestyle coach and CEO of Strong Coffee Company is constantly on the go, so maintaining a balanced lifestyle – and diet – is a must.

Adam’s Bowl:
  • SuperGreens
  • Saffron Basmati Rice
  • Eggplant + Red Pepper
  • Harissa
  • Crazy Feta
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Roasted Vegetables (seasonal)
  • Falafel
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • Carrots + Currants (seasonal)
  • Tomato + Onion
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lemon Herb Tahini

“Since finding CAVA, it’s been that much easier to eat well without breaking the bank.”

Post-Workout

Mona Lavinia | @monalavinia

After a hard workout on the track, a tough boxing session, or a strength training class, this fitness curator is looking to fuel and replenish with plant-based protein from falafel, hummus, and black lentils.

Mona’s Bowl:
  • Arugula
  • Brown Basmati Rice
  • Black Lentils
  • Tzatziki
  • Traditional Hummus
  • Falafel
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • Tomato + Cucumber
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Pickled Banana Peppers
  • Red Pepper Chickpea dressing (seasonal)

“Lentils are such a gift – I love the flavor and texture, and they’re perfect for the cooler months.”

Mona Lavinia and her post-workout bowl