If you're anything like us, your summer diet has looked something like this: a pretty healthy balance of fruits and veggies May-June, followed by a Fourth of July hot dog binge and subsequent days of burger and beer meltdowns leading up to the present moment. And while the devil on our shoulder knows there's plenty more BBQ in our summer futures, we'd like to throw the angel on the other side a little love, too. And that means getting some uber-healthy eats into the mix.
San Franciscans are pretty freakin' healthy, but we need spots that offer only healthy options so we can't be tempted by those buffalo chicken wings or prosciutto pizza slices. So we did some digging and came up with 5 of the healthiest spots in town.
1. Beautifull. This Laurel Heights eatery has got health on lockdown, with ample soups, wraps, Moroccan bowls and entrees like butter bean tagine, Asian-spiced salmon cakes and red Thai beef curry. And don't get us started on their selection of mix-and-match sides, like ratatouille, kale salad and farro risotto.
2. Lite Bite. The name says it all (and it rhymes, so it must be true). Lite Bite's Union St. location lists calories along with its menu items, but it's not a horror story like a trip to Chevy's or T.G.I. Friday's. Delectable entrees like whole wheat lasagna (350 cal), salmon with organic kale (443 cal) and turkey meatloaf (288 cal) won't tip the scales, and these bites are tasty as heck.
3. Asqew Grill. This Bay Areas standby has spots in the Haight, Laurel Village and the Marina, and we're crazy about the salads topped with grilled skewers. Mix and match from menu highlights like balsamic beef, blackened prawns and cilantro lime chicken, then pair with salads like Caesar and grilled pear for the perfect protein-filled meal.
4. Mixt Greens. This one-stop salad depot has four downtown locations, and FiDi suity cuties line up to get a taste of salad offerings like the be well (avocado, chickpeas, quinoa, lentils, edamame, cucumber, red onion, fresh herbs, jalapeno vinaigrette. You can make your own salad, but just be prepared to make some tough choices (it's kinda impossible).
5. Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese Restaurant. This Mission spot has garnered legions of fans for its fresh, vegetarian take on Japanese cuisine, from soba salads and soups to sushi rolls. Just don't expect your regular old Japanese fare: Cha-Ya does things its own way (strawberries are involved), and we're loving every bite of it.