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Alicia Sokol, writer at Weekly Greens
"I love the fresh salads at Surfside
. They have terrific combinations on the menu, but most of the time I just make my own. It's as easy as picking a protein (I usually go for grilled fish) and vegetables. Just a little of their homemade dressings go a long way for adding zip. They also have a great children’s menu, which includes fresh fruit and a serving of vegetables with every meal. My kids can polish off the tacos and burritos in a flash.
“A friend from Japan recently introduced me to Yuzu
for sushi. We loved it so much that my 8-year-old chose it for his birthday dinner. There is a tofu appetizer with a savory broth I really enjoy. All the fish is extremely fresh and the roll combinations are inventive. I know this article is supposed to be about healthy eating, but I don't leave there without a scoop of the yuzu ice cream.
is still one of my favorite places for a healthy meal. I crave the Brussels sprouts with coriander seeds and garlic yogurt (which are fried, and oh man, are they tasty). But, you can eat a very lean meal with so many choices. A nice selection of the vegetable mezze is enough for a meal. I also love the shrimp with dill and mustard and the lamb bahar. I have a pretty serious sweet tooth! Luckily, the Greek yogurt and apricots aren't so sinful, if I can't say no to dessert. It's practically breakfast!
is a weekend favorite for breakfast, but I also make it a regular spot to meet up with girlfriends when I get out for lunch. I typically order the kale salad, and if I want some protein, I ask for grilled chicken on the side. I've tried to replicate this simple salad at home, but it's trickier than you'd think for something so uncomplicated!
“I'm not a card-carrying vegetarian, but much of what I eat for breakfast and lunch is meat-free (and often dinner, too). Whenever I want a hearty, plant-based meal, I know I can find it at any one of the many Le Pain Quotidien
locations in the area. The lentil salad with avocado is a particular feel-good favorite, and it keeps me full for hours. They also have a rotating selection of soups, many of which are vegan. Soup may very well be the perfect light, nutritious lunch.
“Along with just about everyone else in Mount Pleasant, I've been thrilled with the arrival of Beau Thai
. It's perfect for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner. I love that they're open for lunch daily, and they deliver. When I'm coming down with a cold, the hot-and-spicy noodle bowl can't be beat. My kids always go for the steamed dumplings.
“A few summers ago, my family and I became hooked on Pleasant Pops
, when the little ice-cream cart showed up at our local farmers' market. The frozen delights are made from seasonal, local fruits and veggies. They are also perfectly sized, so it's a treat I feel good about for myself and my kids. Now they have a store, so we can enjoy them year-round. They also sell wonderful salads and sandwiches. It's exactly the kind of fresh, real food I make for myself at home. I'm thrilled these guys continue to grow and bring us more delicious food!
“When I'm in the mood for something spicy and quick, I head to ShopHouse
. You can pick your protein, choose rice or noodles, and then dress it up with vegetables and sauces. I tend to go for brown rice with a little bit of every kind of vegetable option. The portions are pretty generous, so you can even wrap up half for a second meal if you're watching portions."