With the New Year, come New Year’s resolutions which more often than not are commitments to make healthier lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, going out to eat while trying to stick to your health-conscious resolutions can be a challenge. Thankfully, the Bay Area is home to numerous restaurants committed to serving a menu of health-conscious dishes prepared with satisfying and nutritious ingredients. Have no fear, food can both be healthy and full of flavor! Here are five popular restaurants south of San Francisco, perfect for enjoying tasty dishes prepared from healthy ingredients you can feel good about eating. If we missed your favorite, please be sure to share it in the comments.
With a fully customizable menu, Asian Box is a great option for healthy, made-to-order dishes that are inspired by Asian street food. Asian Box is committed to using all natural ingredients free of any additives, antibiotics, hormones, or pesticides. Additionally, all the sauces and marinades are prepared in-house from scratch. Customers can build a rice, salad or noodle bowl to their liking or pick from a selection of specialty boxes. If you’re a vegetarian or just looking for a meat-free option, the Garden Box is a delicious option with tofu and steamed vegetables over brown rice with a sweet and mild coconut curry sauce.
Opened by the former Executive Chef at Google, Charlie Ayers, Calafia Café has become a popular neighborhood eatery in Palo Alto. The restaurant has a large menu serving California cuisine and is committed to using organic, locally sourced ingredients. Calafia has an extensive vegetarian menu with entree salads and noodle bowls, as well as sandwiches and other vegetarian specialties. Equally tasty as a vegetarian dish or just a change of pace from the standard hamburger, Calafia’s vegetable burger is prepared with a hearty but wholesome blend of roasted beets, mushrooms, carrots, and lentils. Topped with melted cheddar, grilled onions, roasted mushrooms, and a chunky tomato jam, the hefty burger is filling and full of flavor.
855 El Camino Real #130 [map]
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Ph: (650) 322-9200
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-10:30am 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun 9am-2:45pm 4-9pm
Price Range: $$ Entrees ($11-$17)
The newly opened Detox Kitchen & Juice Bar in Belmont is a perfect destination for anyone committed to healthier eating. The trendy eatery serves a dishes of wholesome and filling bowls prepared with fresh, unprocessed ingredients. For those who are following special diets such as Paleo or Whole 30, which eliminate grains, added sugar and other restrictions, Detox Kitchen offers a number of dishes which cater to those diets. The Cali bowl which features riced cauliflower topped with kale, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, and crunchy sunflower seeds, is an impressively filling and guilt-free option.
A healthy menu of large salads, soups, and sandwiches makes Sprout Cafe a popular lunch option in downtown Palo Alto. Health-conscious customers can build their salad as they chose with a large selection of ingredients such as quinoa and farro, roasted vegetables, and wholesome proteins such as herb crusted salmon and grilled chicken. A large menu of signature salads is also available with plenty of healthy options such as The Davy which features orange and miso-glazed salmon over a bed of arugula with sweet corn, shaved fennel, avocado, red onions, candied walnuts and white cheddar with a sesame ginger dressing.
Sunny Bowl serves a menu of Korean-style hot stone pots and colorful salads, making it a popular and healthy lunch option. The salads are wholesome and filling with a heaping mix of red and green cabbage, steamed rice, shredded carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and kimchi. The salads can be topped with Korean-style rib eye or short ribs, chicken, shrimp, or Hawaiian poke. The signature dish at Sunny bowl is the sizzling hot stone rice bowls which are topped with spinach, carrots and bean sprouts. A fried egg and your choice of meat provide the protein sources.