Four dishes that won’t make you break any New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy

Four dishes that won’t make you break any New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy

Eating healthy is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But when the calendar flips to a week into the month and you’re looking for a place to dine out, those good intentions can go out the window. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Plenty of restaurants offer dishes that contain lots of flavor but less of the bad stuff. Here’s a sampling of options that feature bold tastes with less guilt.

Veggie delight at Cool Basil, $8.95: To satisfy a craving for stir-fry, opt for a dish like the veggie delight, which features a mix of fresh vegetables with soy sauce. Up the health factor by asking for brown rice on the side and choosing to add tofu or go meatless. Brown rice features more fiber and nutrients than white rice. Find it: 8801 University Ave. Suite 22, Clive, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 noon-9 p.m. Sunday, 515-225-8111,

Bare burrito at Fighting Burrito, $6.25: The bare burrito is just what it sounds like—burrito fillings without the wrapping. Keep it healthy by choosing your own toppings. For a bare burrito full of flavor but not fat, choose additions like black beans, grilled peppers and onions, classic salsa, lettuce, green onions, black olives and cilantro. Find it: 309 13th St., 515-288-4144,

Lettuce wraps at Trostel’s Dish, $7: Dining on small plates can be an exercise in self control. With so many options and plates coming and going from the kitchen, it can be tough to keep track of how much you’ve eaten. Choosing healthier small plates can help. At Trostel’s Dish, one good-for-you option is the lettuce wraps. They cut down on carbs by serving a mixture of rice, carrot, cucumber, herbs and meat (this one with chicken) inside Bibb lettuce leaves. Find it: 12851 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive, 515-221-3474,

Beet rubbed-smoked salmon salad at Sbrocco, $14: This salad is packed with “super foods” like salmon, organic greens and grape tomatoes, plus cucumber, red onion and feta, all topped with a lemon-dill vinaigrette. The fresh-tasting dish has a Mediterranean flair and lets you enjoy a variety of flavors while keeping the calories under control. Find it: 208 Court Ave., 515-282-3663

About the Author

Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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