It’s the New Year and, as always, I’m sure many will resolve to eat healthier.
I too hope to incorporate some healthier selections into my regular diet, although I’m not much for hard-and-fast resolutions or calorie counting.
However, in the spirit of starting fresh and helping out those who want to as well, here are a few of some of my favorite healthy (ish) food picks:
Skinny Pete’s Kitchen
It’s a small and cozy spot in Avalon and the food is delicious. I’ve only tried a handful of items on their menu so far, but one of my favorites was the seasonal greens salad. It’s very fresh with almonds, grapes and golden raisins on top – plus my favorite: goat cheese. For dressing, I recommend their house Gorgonzola, it’s tangy, but subtle and worth driving to Avalon for.
Thai Me Up
Thai Me Up is a great little Thai place on the South Side and it’s relatively inexpensive. They have lots of good food, but for a light snack (and something that will make you feel less guilty about eating a hamburger later) I recommend the Thai Me Up rolls. They’re filled with tofu, mint, vermicelli and basil leaves, all wrapped in rice paper and served with their special sauce. The chicken satay skewers are also satisfying, with a peanut and coconut sauce and crispy outside. And they aren’t too bad since they’re grilled, instead of fried or battered.
If you’re into Mediterranean food, you’ll know there are lots of healthier options to choose from. At Aladdin’s, I love the hummus chicken plate. It’s just a huge plate of hummus topped with juicy, grilled chicken, as well as some diced tomatoes and parsley. Their hummus is among some of the best I’ve had in the ‘Burgh. It’s insanely creamy and not chalky at all, like some store-bought kinds can be. It also comes with a side of pita, but you can skip it and save the calories.
I have to be honest, I haven’t tried Hello Bistro yet. However, I hear nothing but good things about their salads. You pick whatever you want in your salad from dozens of toppings, including Alaskan salmon, granny smith apples, avocado and edamame. The best part though, is that you can get as much as you want (aside from the protein and avocado mix ins) for $7.50 — not a bad deal.
Are you trying to eat healthy in 2014? Where’s your favorite spot?
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