There’s no denying that one of the best parts of living in Chicago is the sheer number of excellent restaurants. It’s easy to gain weight, and even harder to lose it, when there are so many options for great cuisine. The good news is, you can still dine out and have a great meal without sacrificing your health. If one of your goals for the new year is to eat better, we’ve found four healthy restaurants in the South Loop.
Mediterranean cuisine is one of the healthiest diets in the world. Kurah Mediterranean offers a wide variety of healthy options. You can start with a bowl of gluten-free red lentil soup and continue with grilled chicken kabob served with saffron basmati rice and your choice of grilled vegetables or Jerusalem salad. They’ve also got several vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Another ethnic cuisine that’s known for its health benefits is Japanese, and sushi in particular. Get all those Omega 3 fatty acids from that fresh fish at Umai Japanese Kitchen & Sushi. They’re open for lunch and dinner. You can get something from their sushi bar and it will come with miso soup and salad or order their nigiri and sashimi a la carte. You can even dig into the ramen since it’s made with bone broth.
When only a salad will fill your healthy craving, visit Mac Kelly’s in the Loop. Their build-your-own salad bar is known for its variety of options. They’ve got pretty much every topping you could want, including fresh and dried fruits, fresh vegetables, and several different proteins. They’ve also got a plethora of salad dressings, including cilantro lime and spicy peanut.
Navigating American cuisine, and fine dining, when you’re trying to eat healthily can be challenging, but it can be done. Little Branch Cafe makes it easier with choices including a strawberry arugula salad and a black bean burger. You can also request egg whites in your morning omelet filled with fresh vegetables.
As you can see, eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. You can still go out without sacrificing your palate. For more ways to be healthy, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.