First up – Kona Grill! They have the garage doors that open up to the outside and it’s so nice – you’re in the shade but you still get the fresh air!
I chose the Poke Naruto Roll with Tuna (240 calories) – it was super light and crunchy with the cucumber wrapper. (avocado, red onion, shrimp, cucumber wrapper, sriracha, green onion, sesame seeds, sweet sesame sauce, tuna). I loved it and since hubby doesn’t love sushi and it was so light – I might have eaten the whole thing. That’s the nice thing about sushi – there are a lot of really healthy options – so get a few rolls and share. Just avoid the ones with the mayo/aioli sauces if you’re trying to be healthy.
I adore Mexican food – it’s probably my favorite of all ethnic foods but finding something fairly healthy isn’t always easy. There’s just so much cheese…and cheese…and oh CHEESE!
The chef prepared us their orange roughy with a beurre blanc sauce (approx 720 calories) with a side of cilantro rice and asparagus (165 calories combined). This was AMAZING!!! The orange roughy is so light but yet meaty – it’s a thick fish and was seasoned perfectly! The sauce – I made them double check because I thought it was queso – but thankfully it was a much lighter beurre blanc sauce but it had so much flavor and but without the heaviness! I saved half for my lunch the next day and everybody at work was super jealous because it tasted soooo good!
Yes – I’ll admit – I’m a bit of a Rusty Bucket addict – so while they don’t have their nutritional info on their site – I emailed my contacts and asked them about their healthy options and they invited me into try a couple of them.
They started me off with their Citrus Roasted Salmon which was DECADENT! It was prepared to a perfect medium rare and served with a side of broccoli, quinoa and farro salad with a citrus vinaigrette. I got two bites of this before my husband inhaled it! He even ate that salad without asking me what was in it (that NEVER happens)!
The other recommendation was their Harvest Salad with roasted chicken, kale, cranberries, sweet corn, quinoa, farro, grape tomatoes, peppers, toasted almonds & pecans, fresh herbs and a sherry mustard vinaigrette. They actually use the same side from the salmon in this! It was delicious and one of those complex salads with everything including the kitchen sink thrown in and so many healthy foods.
Bibibop is another of the “fast casual” Chipotle-style restaurants that have come up in recent years. It’s very quick – you stand in line and put your order together as you walk through the line. There are tons of healthy options and it gives you the flexibility to make it more of an Asian dish or more of a Mexican dish. You choose your base (purple rice, white rice, noodles, salad, roll) and then add hot toppings (potatoes, black beans, bean sprouts), protein (chicken, spicy chicken, steak, tofu), cold toppings (daikon, cucumber, carrot, kale, lettuce, corn, cheese, eggs), sauces (cucumber wasabi, sesame ginger, korean red, yum yum, teriyaki) and sides (kimchi, pineapple).
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Cheesecake Factory isn’t the first place you think of when you think HEALTHY eating – but they have a very large “Skinnylicious” menu and that has a lot of great options. They’re all under 590 calories. And you know their portion sizes are huge – so you might even be able to share and then split a piece of cheesecake with your friend too! (The tiramisu cheesecake is 870 calories.)
DEG’S FLAME GRILLED CHICKEN
While Bibibop is quick – there are times when you’re food courting it – right?! And even then – you want healthy options! Deg’s Flame Grilled Chicken is the perfect spot for that. You can get a two piece meal for under 400 calories.