Eat, Drink and Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
14 Places to Eat Healthy in Cle
By Lexi Hotchkiss
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 14 ways to make it happen:
C2 Restaurant and Lounge: 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.
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.
Pura Vida: Translated as "Pure Life," Pura Vida is a great choice for farm fresh, creative cuisine. Introducing what Chef Brandt Evans calls "urban picnic" to Cleveland, you've got healthy food with a view on Public Square downtown.
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.
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.
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.
REBoL: Talk about standing out from the crowd. REBoL is located right on Public Square, and it takes health food seriously. The menu is 100 percent GMO-free and organically-sourced whenever possible. Dressing and sauces are free of refined sugar and drinking water is reverse osmosis.
Helio Terra Vegan Cafe: Thinking about giving up all animal products this year? Or maybe you just want to do a Meatless Monday to ease into this whole healthy eating thing. Well then, try Helio Terra, located in the Gateway District downtown. Specializing in cold-pressed juices and smoothies, they also have a pretty legit menu of hearty, healthy superfoods. Bonus: They're located in Titan's Gym, in case you're feeling really ambitious.
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.
Phuel Café: Located 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.
The Root Café: Head west to Lakewood, just outside Cleveland proper, for this organic coffee shop for large healthy meals and a funky vibe. There are plenty of great vegetarian and vegan options absolutely packed with energy-boosting foods, but you can also have a killer egg sandwich for non-vegetarians.