March marks National Nutrition Month, the perfect excuse to reset your diet and gear up for the summer ahead. Your body will thank you after you check out some of these healthier options at these favorite local restaurants, known for their health-conscious eats and delectable diet-friendly options!
Head into the Gaslamp District downtown for a cozy coffee and bagel shop that serves up some incredible healthy alternatives. Spill the Beans serves up local coffee roasted by Dark House and is the perfect spot to enjoy a quick and easy morning meal. Specializing in fresh-baked California-style bagels and innovative cream cheeses, Spill The Beans also serves up plenty of lighter options including The Chia Berry Bowl, loaded with chia pudding, coconut milk yogurt, seasonal berries, and seed garnish. Talk about a healthy way to start the day! Customize your bowls with different berry, nut or sugar toppings for an added kick of flavor.
While Pacific Beach is known for a variety of fun and unique restaurants, Bub’s @ The Beach is tough to top. With sun, sand, and waves just a few feet away, this is the ideal spot to spend your weekend cheering on your favorite sports team with some amazing food to go along with it. Even better, Bub’s has a whole section of their menu dedicated to light food options – it doesn’t get any easier to find healthy options! Be sure not to leave without trying the PB Power Bowl a mix of quinoa, black beans, avocado, red grape tomatoes, green onions, Gruyere cheese, broccoli, and lime vinaigrette. Add on your choice of perfectly grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp for the cherry on top of a delicious (and nutritious) meal.
Eat well. Feel good. That’s the longstanding motto of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, the longstanding pizza staple serving the San Diego community for over three decades. Best known for their woodfired pies, tasty tapas and infamously messy sundaes, Sammy’s authentic favorites are matched with crisp salad recipes and an extensive menu that is sure to please every picky palate and special diet. This month, sink your fork into the Wild Arugula and and Red Quinoa Salad consisting of golden beets, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, parsley, almonds, mint, scallions, and Citrus Chili vinaigrette for a meal you’ll feel doubly good about ordering!
Power breakfasts are on the menu at The Lazy Hippo, the fun, quirky eatery whose whimsical atmosphere is second to none. Found in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the charming decor and eclectic food options have made this a brunch hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Featuring creative takes on modern and traditional dishes in addition to healthy ingredient alternatives, Lazy Hippo makes it easy to choose low-cal options such as the Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal, a combination of Greek yogurt, peanut butter, chia seeds and nonfat milk topped with banana slices. Whether you’re craving something sweeter, vegan, or kid-friendly, there is truly something for everyone at this family-friendly destination for lighter brunch bites.
With seaside locations in Pacific Beach, Encinitas and Point Loma, The Fish Shop serves up some of the freshest seafood east of the ocean. Soak in the nautical décor while perusing the uniquely tailored menu offering up a boatload of customizable fresh fish selections combining seasonings with tacos, salads, sandwiches, and plates. Get hooked on healthy eating with an order of the Mahi Mahi Plate with their signature sweet and spicy Fish Shop Seasoning, seared to perfection and served atop a salad of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onions and capers.
Searching for simple food done well? Look no further than Natural Style Chicken, San Diego’s go-to hometown BBQ eatery with an infusion of serious Asian flair. A favorite of Point Loma and new addition to Hillcrest, Natural Style Chicken specializes in fresh rotisserie chicken, ribs, beef and shredded teriyaki chicken, all made in-house and served fresh. Tuck into juicy chunks of chicken paired with a list of sides for a meal that is equally hearty and healthy with bold flavors and generous servings! Seasoned without additives, the ¼ Rotisserie Chicken Combo can’t be beat with corn, a warm roll and a choice of sides from green salad and cole slaw to garlic veggies and brown rice.
Inspired by the picturesque landscape of central-coastal Mexico, Oceanside’s Jalisco Cantina is fueled by an entirely scratch kitchen when concocting their creative and delicious fresh food choices. Embracing fresh ingredients and traditional flavors, Jalisco Cantina’s vibrant dishes and specialty drinks pair well with fine tequilas and magnificent San Diego sunsets. Snag a seat at this intimate and colorful eatery before diving into modern Mexican fare including the Vegan Burrito, filled with black bean smash, cauliflower rice, avocado, pico, lettuce, cilantro and hot sauce for all the fun of a burrito while still getting your fill of veggies.