Support Local While Eating Healthy

Spiros (Photo by Kimberly Motos)

As each year comes to end, we typically tend to seek new goals, opportunities and strive for a healthier diet – this rings especially true this year after all of the comfort eating we’ve indulged in. Whether your goal is to eat a little healthier or just spread some love to the local community, we’ve rounded up some delicious options to guide you in the right direction to meeting your 2021 goals.

A Coronado staple for the last 25 years, the Spiro’s family just recently opened a second location in the heart of La Jolla Cove where they serve an expanded menu of healthy, traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, including Greek mezes (appetizers), gyros, souvlaki, kabob plates, salads, Greek wines and takeout market items. No matter which location you choose, you’re bound to find some healthy options like their Traditional Horiatiki Village Salad with vine ripe tomatoes, marinated block feta, Kalamata olives, red onion, and pepperoncini, Lentil Bean Soup with warm pita, or Chicken Gyro seasoned tender, marinated and grilled to order. To view their menu and order takeout, visit https://spiroscuisine.com/

Located in Mission Valley, Grater Greens is ready to help kick off the new year with a clean start. Welcome 2021 with an assortment of nutritious and delicious creations, including the new January special, the Clean Start Salad. Enjoy a mix of romaine, mushrooms, shredded carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, celery, and apple, served with house-made tahini and champagne dressings. Create your own masterpiece, turn any salad into a wrap, or opt for a grain bowl, the options are endless at Grater Greens!

Chef Brad Wise is known for curating the most flavorful yet simple veggies while adding his signature char for that extra special touch. You can find some of Trust and Fort Oak’s favorite’s available to-go from Fort Oak in Mission Hills including Fort Oak’s Hearth Roasted Carrots with quinoa, Humboldt fog, pickled fennel, smoky yogurt, tarragon and Trust’s Brussels Sprouts with jalapeno vinaigrette, cotija cheese, tortilla strips, tajin. Order takeout online by visiting https://www.toasttab.com/fort-oak-restaurant/v3

Stop by Chula Vista’s historic Third Avenue Village for a nutrient packed treat from The Nutrition Place. The locally owned shop offers guests the option to build the perfect health shake or energy tea, with delicious flavor options such as Chocolate Banana, Lemon Pound Cake, Peach Wave, and Strawberry Banana. Continue to customize any shake or tea with specialty health booster add ins, such as immunity boosters, digestive support, and more!

TRG’s latest concept, The Wise Ox, offers a full-service butcher to make selecting and cooking quality meats at home that much easier. The team works with local sustainable farms when possible, and sources cuts from high-quality farms in San Diego, Riverside and the Pacific Northwest. Perfect for those New Year’s goals to eat more quality meat and cook at home. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their monthly “Ox Box” where you’ll find 10lbs of carefully selected proteins of the highest restaurant quality including beef, heritage pork, free-range local chicken, and sausages. Not into cooking? Try one of their daily sandwiches– they just may not adhere to your new year’s “diet”, which honestly, we’re ok with. To learn more or place an order for takeout visit https://thewiseoxsd.com/

Let’s face it, 2021 may finally be the year you spend less and cook more. That being the case, you can still shop and support local! Gelson’s, with locations in Pacific Beach, Del Mar and La Costa, has a strong focus on healthier living and supports several San Diego based brands – some of which they have helped bring to fruition. From snacks to fresh-pressed juice, some of our San Diego-based favorites to stock the house with include Fit Chick Granola, Sol-ti Cold Pressed Juice and Bitchin’ Sauce. Visit a location today or schedule a pick-up or delivery through Instacart by visiting https://www.gelsons.com/shopping/grocery-delivery.html

Although known for their one-of-a-kind bagels and breakfast sandwiches, Spill the Beans also features a few healthy breakfast items for those looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Both the Gaslamp and Seaport Village locations offer a Chia Berry Bowl, made with chia pudding, coconut milk yogurt, seasonal berries, and seed garnish. And if you’re looking for a higher protein option, order the Chia Protein Bowl with fresh bananas, house-made almond butter, and agave. Both are hearty and delicious options, that will keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Each of Fish Shops’ three locations – Pacific Beach, Encinitas, and Point Loma – allow customers to build their own fresh fish dishes, which makes it easy to stick to any healthy eating resolutions! Opt for the Salmon or Ahi (which comes seared rare) and keep it simple with the marinade. You can have it prepared plain or seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. Order atop a salad consisting of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onions, and capers. You can add avocado for a few extra bucks and select your own dressing with options like citrus vinaigrette or oil and vinegar. Fish Shop’s salads are so tasty you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing flavor to eat healthy.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so opt for something nutritious for your next weekend brunch. Slide into your 2021 health resolution with Breakfast Republic’s Harvest Omelet, made from plant-based eggs and packed with asparagus, avocado, spinach, onion, jalapeno, and vegan sausage. The more colors on your plate, the better, which is why this morning specialty makes a great alternative to other not-so-healthy breakfast bites!

A Coronado staple for the last 25 years, the Spiro’s family just recently opened a second location in the heart of La Jolla Cove where they serve an expanded menu of healthy, traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, including Greek mezes (appetizers), gyros, souvlaki, kabob plates, salads, Greek wines and takeout market items. No matter which location you choose, you’re bound to find some healthy options like their Traditional Horiatiki Village Salad with vine ripe tomatoes, marinated block feta, Kalamata olives, red onion, and pepperoncini, Lentil Bean Soup with warm pita, or Chicken Gyro seasoned tender, marinated and grilled to order. To view their menu and order takeout, visit https://spiroscuisine.com/

Salads have undergone a major glow-up over the years, packing more flavor and creative varieties than the sad side salads of years past. Fig Tree Café offers a slew of salad options, including their Quinoa Salad, featuring fresh romaine, kale, crispy quinoa, red onion, cherry tomato, queso fresco, cilantro, black beans, jicama, roasted corn, avocado and chipotle vinaigrette. Be sure to pair this with one of their Apoptogenic Antioxidant Shots for an extra immune boost!