Eat, Drink and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
15 Ways to Eat Healthy in CLEBy: Lexi Hotchkiss, www.LexiHotchkiss.com
According to research, 38 percent of those Americans who make New Year's resolutions select one that is related to losing weight and eating healthier. Another popular resolution? Travel more.
Well, well, well. We have quite a combo there, don't we? Travel more and lose weight. Oxymoron? No.
This year, resolve to travel to Cleveland where you don't have to spend your entire trip consuming wheat grass and kale chips to eat healthily.
Here are 15 ways to make it happen:
- Aladdin's Eatery: Get to one of nine casual eateries in Northeast Ohio for vibrant Lebanese flavors, more than 70 vegetarian and vegan dishes and raw juices galore. There's a reason this place is so popular with the locals.
- Beet Jar Juice Bar: Would you eat a fruit salad after a few days? Nope. And, that's the kind of the philosophy at Beet Jar in Hingetown where the fruits and veggies used in its organic raw juices, nut milks and vegan entrees are selected each morning.
- Cleveland Vegan: Whoever said vegan food was no good obviously never ate at Cleveland Vegan in Lakewood. Salivate to these menu items (made with no animal products): buffalo ranch wraps, biscuits and gravy, bread pudding, maple glaze bars, apple cider donuts.
- C2 Cultural Cuisine: Located inside the Intercontinental Suites Hotel on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic, C2 serves powerful dishes inspired by the Mediterranean. Several menu options meet the requirements for the Cleveland Clinic-approved "Go!" foods, for cuisine that is low in sodium and fat, and loaded with essential nutrients - without sacrificing taste.
- Flaming Ice Cube: If VegNews magazine rates your veggie burger as one of the best in the world...well...you'd best believe it. Not only is the downtown vegetarian restaurant home to this incredible burger (as well as five other burger variations), you also can find breakfast items, quinoa bowls, smoothies and juices.
- GINKO: Located under the uber-trendy DANTE in Tremont, sits a small unassuming sushi bar that's a dear favorite among locals. More than 90 percent of the menu is fresh fish that is flown in twice a week from the Tsiji Fish Market in Japan.
- Hot Spot Café: Need some healthy noshing while catching up on FB posts? Located downtown sits this quaint breakfast/lunch café boasting free wi-fi, charging stations and a menu that's loaded with healthiness (including plenty of vegan and gluten-free items). Bonus: Its own free parking lot!
- North Union Farmers Market: Eat your vegetables! Follow Mom's wise instructions while in Cleveland at one of the dozens of regular around-town stops by the North Union Farmers Market - a certified producers-only market. What does that mean? Fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies direct from the farmers themselves.
- Phuel Café: Recently opened in the PlayhouseSquare neighborhood, this 40-seat café offers some of the healthiest eating in Cleveland - masked by hearty menu items, intense flavors and new takes on old favorites. Just leave the added sugars, white flours and processed foods at the door.
- Rothschild Farms: This 120-seat restaurant brings healthy and quick breakfasts and lunches to PlayhouseSquare. Everything within this grab-and-go style eatery is local and sustainable - right down to the take-out packaging.
- Sushi 86: In the mood for a quick sushi lunch or dinner in a contemporary downtown spot? They've got that covered at Sushi 86 located in the Fifth Street Arcade. What's better is the restaurant not only offers a full menu of raw and cooked sushi, but an entire menu for vegans, vegetarians and those customers eating gluten-free.
- Susy's Soup & Deli: Everything from a spicy vegetarian chili to a carrot ginger soup dot the evolving menu at this Tower City deli, where the soups are homemade one kettle at a time. Add in a healthy salad or wrap, and eating healthy is actually pretty awesome.
- Table 45: With a menu that pulls from what Chef Zack Bruell describes as "world cuisine," this upscale restaurant inside the Intercontinental Hotel offers plenty of healthy options - ranging from wholesome Mediterranean dishes to a full sushi bar.
- Tommy's Restaurant: Vegans, vegetarians or the just plain hungry can take a bite out of a vast selection of dishes named after the customers who helped this hip, laid-back Cleveland Heights restaurant thrive for more than 30 years. Better yet, the massive menu is stocked with items for folks with a myriad of food allergies and eating preferences. Did we mention the fries are out of this world?
- TownHall: Sophisticated. Sexy. Playful. This is how TownHall in Ohio City is often described. But with a menu that is organically driven, sustainable and locally sourced, you're getting a lot more than just good looks. The restaurant comes to life with an espresso bar, juice bar and full-service dining room. It's also a rather happening spot for merrymakers on weekend nights.