It’s been another festive holiday season, filled with family, friends, and food. As you look at the next year and think about your goals, you may be wondering how you can take off some of those pounds that snuck up on you while you were celebrating. Fortunately, there are several options in downtown Chicago that help you trim down after all of those holiday feasts. With these four top spots for eating healthy, you’ll be ready for some fun on the beach before the weather’s warm enough for shorts.
Chicago Raw makes the detoxing process easy with nourishing smoothies and juices. Everything they offer is made from uncooked, plant-based products. Their menu lists the ingredients and the health benefits touted for each one. For example, turmeric elixir is supposed to be great for the skin. In addition to beverages, they’ve also got items like lasagna, empanadas, and burritos.
With Protein Bar’s several downtown locations, you won’t have to go far to take advantage of their healthy menu. They believe that good protein is essential for health and their menu makes it easy to get your daily allowance. You can start your day with breakfast scrambles, whole eggs scrambled with organic ghee and a variety of ingredients, or oatmeal plus, which is a bowl of oatmeal and quinoa topped with things like berries or peanut butter and acai. If you want something warmer, dig into a bowl of their chicken or veggie chili.
Lyfe Kitchen makes it super easy to keep that calorie count down; every item is 600 calories or less. Their menu can accommodate dietary restrictions, including vegan and gluten-free. One of the favorite dishes on the menu is Chef Art Smith’s “unfried” chicken. It’s breaded in panko crumbs and baked, and served on a bed of vegetables. With dishes like BBQ chicken flatbread and a grass-fed farmhouse burger, you won’t feel like you’re compromising taste.
Salads have long been the go-to option for eating with health in mind. Sweetgreen turns a bowl of lettuce into a complex meal that leaves you satisfied instead of feeling like a rabbit. In addition to a variety of tasty chilled salads, they’ve also got warm bowls and you’re invited to put together your own combination.
Eating healthy in the new year doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you’ve got these tasty options in downtown Chicago. For more tips on places to eat, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.