Dining healthy while dining out

I was on BXR for a few minutes this morning, talking about something decidedly ill-fitting given the weather: eating healthy while dining out. Snow or no, the show much go on.

First off, it’s much, much easier to eat healthy when cooking at home. Restaurants often fortify their dishes with extra butter and salt – more than you’d likely add at home (and often tastes better for it). You’re also less in control of portion size when dining out. It takes more willpower to stop eating and ask for the to-go box than to just serve yourself less at home.

Still, healthy is out there. Here are a few picks for places and dishes that’ll give you a better chance of sticking to your resolutions. It’s a short list and I have a selfish motive for asking for other recommendations: I’m looking to drop a few pounds myself. Anyway, here goes.

At: Main Squeeze Cafe
Try the: Buddha Bowl

At: International Cafe
Try the: Red lentil soup and hummus

At: Addison’s
Try the: Black Bean and Thai Peanut Wrap

At: Red and Moe
Try the: Pizzas, fresh pastas, small plates

At: Broadway Brewery
Try the: Polenta Plate, Summer Vegetable Sandwich, Curried Apple Chicken Salad

The Healty(ish) Splurge:
At: Cafe Berlin
Try the: The Starving Artist


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

4 thoughts

  1. Sophia’s filet porto. The most amazing 4 oz of prime beef I’ve ever had.

    Chicken kabob and hummus, Casablanca.

    Pit salad, OR a single meat (turkey or pork) plus salad and beans, Buckinghams.

    The Indian chicken wrap thingy at 44 Stone (can’t remember the name) with salad instead of fries.

  2. The polenta plate at Broadway Brewery is a baaaad little dude. I really enjoyed it. Leave the sausages off if going for the healthy option obviously (but it’s really good with the sausages too!)

  3. Healthy? What does that mean? Go lo-carb. It’s easy, tasty, and it works. Much more effective than counting fat and calories because lo-carb food still tastes good.

  4. You raise a fair point, kay. Healthy is impossible to pin down exactly. For me, it’s a varied diet. Lots of veggies, things in moderation, etc. Pasta’s a big ‘ol part of that for me. Bread too. But hey, to each his own.

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