You’ve made your resolution to be healthy in 2017, but when your friends text you to say they want to grab some eats with you, panic sets in. All those calories to come!
Eating out doesn’t have to be bad for you, though. There are plenty of health-focused restaurants in Calgary to help you keep on track with your #goals for the new year–and even some restaurants known for their more indulgent fare that are stepping up with some waistline savers.
Here are seven healthy eats you can track down in YYC this January.
Veggie Mexican Grain Bowl at Native Tongues Taqueria
Sure, you go there for the tacos and tequila, but Native Tongues is helping anyone looking for healthy food this month by offering a special Veggie Mexican Grain bowl all January long. The dish is about 350 calories, and rings in at a friendly $12, too.
Address: 235 12th Avenue SW
Salad Scoops at Dirtbelly
A little of this, and a little of that, and you’ve got a lot of delicious, good-for-you, from the ground-up kind of grub at Dirtbelly. Their Salad Scoops let customers mix and match one to four scoops of their housemade salads, and pair them with protein sides like ahi tuna, chicken, a veggie patty, or avocado. You can totally dig this.
Address: Plus 15 level, TD square – 317–7th Avenue SW)
Address: Market Mall – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Super Bowls at Vitality Tap
Spoon your way through January courtesy the superfood-dense Super Bowls on the menu at Vitality Tap. The juice and wellness bar has a selection of bowls, like a Classic Acai or a nutty Almond Butter one, and you can choose three toppings from a list that includes ingredients like goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, or various fresh fruits.
Address: 420 2nd Street SW
Seasonal Salads at Fork and Salad
Fork and Salad’s philosophy is to provide Calgarians with great food to fuel bodies all year long, so anyone looking for some creative salad dishes will want to head right over to fill their bowl. They’ve got a full menu of regular salad options, but to get the ultimate taste of the season, check out their seasonal salads (listed online and in-store on their chalkboard menu). Their fall offerings include Apples, Pears & Feta; Autumn Harvest; and the Thanksgiving Bowl (mmm, a healthy holiday feast in salad form), but they’ll be debuting winter specials the week of January 23. They’re still deciding on the final list, but it looks like a lot of delicious holiday flavours and ingredients will be involved.
Address: 120, 880 16th Avenue SW
Address: CF Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
The Magic Dragon Bowl at The Coup
There is an undeniable abundance of options on the menu at The Coup that can make any omnivore forget about chicken, fish, beef, and pork for a meal or two. While you can get your breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, or treats at this contemporary Calgary staple for vegan and vegetarian fare, one dish that gives you room to play and your daily dose of veggies is their highly customizable Magic Dragon Bowl. Built with steamed and sauteed seasonal vegetables and your choice of seared tofu, tempeh croutons, lentils or chickpeas, piled on your choice of organic wild rice or quinoa, plus (yep, another choice) one of their sauces. But feel free to stray from this one and explore the menu.
Address: 924 17th Avenue SW
Sunday Brunch at White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen
Sure, you could enjoy meat-less fare for dinner at White Rose, but their trim Sunday Brunch menu is a great study in vegetarian breakfast: warm barley cereal; an eggs benedict made with chard, zucchini, and tomatoes; and a farm egg omelette packed with veggies will make you forget bacon. Okay, fine, you won’t forget bacon probably but at least you can prove you can get by without it for one weekend.
Address: 6512 Bowness Road NW
Burgers at Veg-In
Veggie and vegan eating is a way of life at Veg-In, and their menu of comfort eats without the meat are a great option if you are looking to work a lot more vegetables onto your plate these days. They have an impressive selection of burgers on the menu–but no beef in sight. The Millionaire is a smashed samosa burger, while the New York is a portobello mushroom burger, for example–and all come on dairy- and egg-free buns with your choice of sauces. Heads up: They’re re-opening January 9 with a new interior and some menu surprises.
Address: 215 6th Avenue SE
Facebook: Veg-In YYC Cafe