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7 Excellent Dining Genres | How Health Standards Are Met

Eating out can be healthy, but it’s hard finding the right restaurants. Not only that, but it comes with a cost. Check out these seven!

Finding the perfect dining scene with healthier options takes forever. By the time you finally find a good spot, it’s usually too late or you might need a reservation.

This may attribute to why 11% of the American population says that they never eat out at restaurants ever. Despite the obvious reason of being more expensive, it is mentally refreshing to get out of the house for dinner.

So, through trial and error, I find that it’s entirely possible to enjoy eating good food without compromising on nutrition.

i) Mediterranean Cuisine

Widely acclaimed for its emphasis on heart-healthy fats, lean proteins, and an abundance of fruits and vegetables, Mediterranean cuisine is a treasure trove of nutritious meals.

For instance, options like grilled fish, salads drizzled with olive oil, and hummus with whole grain pita offer a perfect balance of flavor and health.

Check out our piece on the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for more insights.

ii) Japanese Restaurants

Japanese cuisine is not only about sushi. It’s a culinary philosophy that revolves around fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared in ways that highlight their natural flavors.

Think steamed edamame, miso soup, and sashimi. These dishes are not only light on the stomach but also rich in nutrients.

iii) Vegetarian & Vegan Eateries

With a focus on plant-based foods, vegetarian and vegan restaurants offer meals packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibers. From quinoa salads to veggie burgers, these establishments prove that healthy eating can also be incredibly satisfying and diverse.

iv) Farm-To-Table Restaurants

These establishments prioritize fresh, locally sourced ingredients, minimizing the need for processed foods.

Their menus, which often change with the seasons, provide a great way to enjoy a variety of nutrients while also supporting local agriculture.

v) Thai Cuisine

Thai food offers an excellent variety of vegetable-rich dishes and soups flavored with health-promoting spices and herbs like turmeric, ginger, and lemongrass. Opt for stir-fried veggies, tom yum soup, and dishes made with tofu for a healthy meal that doesn’t skimp on taste.

vi) Salad Bars

Although it’s not everybody’s favorite, especially if you aren’t “vegan,” salad bars are simple, healthy, and delicious.

Modern salad bars have evolved beyond basic greens, offering a wide range of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, which is great for those who are on the AIP diet.

This makes it easy to customize a meal that’s both nutritious and aligned with your dietary preferences.

vii) Smoothie & Juice Bars

For those times when you’re on the go but need a nutrient-packed option, smoothie and juice bars can be a lifesaver.

Also, for people who have just finished working out, smoothie and juice bars are a great way to nourish your body.

Opt for blends with a balance of vegetables, fruits, and a protein source like Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder to ensure you’re getting a well-rounded snack or meal.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Have you tried any of these options above, or do you have a go-to healthy eating spot?

I’d love to hear about your experiences and any additional tips you might have.

Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts or questions.