Eating healthy doesn’t have to suck! Here are Orange County’s tastiest, healthiest restaurants.

Green Tomato Grill

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Green Tomato Grill is committed to serving fast, healthy, affordable and sustainable food to the community.

Everything is made to order here, allowing Green Tomato Grill to cater to those who have special dietary needs. This means they can create gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan entrees on the fly. But be warned that not everything on the menu is super healthy…looking at you, flatbread melts and fried green tomatoes.

Be sure to try the Mediterranean Chicken Bowl, with marinated grilled chicken, blended chickpea sauce and brown rice, topped with artichoke, black olives, onions, garbanzos, bell peppers and tomatoes.

Green Tomato Grill is at 1419 N. Tustin St. in Orange and 796 N Brea Blvd. in Brea. greentomatogrill.com.

XA Sweet and Savory Cafe

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Shawn Xa fell in love with cooking as a kid. He went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and to cook at five star establishments, such as the Four Seasons Hotel & Resort, Ritz Carlton Hotel & Resort and the Robert Mondavi Winery.

Now, he’s cooking up simple, healthy meals at XA Sweet and Savory Cafe.

XA Cafe has a neat menu option that allows you to build your own meal. For around $10, you get a protein with two sides and a sauce. That means you have the power to create a healthy entree, like the one pictured above. That’s a tilapia with brown rice and broccoli.

Xa likes to mix up the menu based on the freshest ingredients, so there’s a chance you won’t see the same menu twice. Be aware however, if you’re trying to eat light, that XA makes an incredible selection of homemade cookies. The temptation!

XA Sweet and Savory Cafe is at 424 S Main St. in Orange. xacafe.com.

Chicken Maison

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If you’re following a Mediterranean diet, Chicken Maison is the spot to check out. The chicken used at Chicken Maison is naturally-fed, hormone-free and additive-free. And if you keep your portions in check, go ahead and indulge in a piece of Chicken Maison’s Spicy-Lemon Garlic chicken. Not in the mood for chicken? Chicken Maison also has a wide variety of grilled kabobs, including a killer salmon and veggie kabob.

The restaurant also has a selection of healthy side orders, including green salad, brown rice, spicy hummus and steamed vegetables.

Chicken Maison is at 3332 S. Bristol St. in Santa Ana. chickenmaison.com.

California Fish Grill

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If you’re looking for a lean, healthy source of protein — look no further than fish. Sure, California Fish Grill can serve a mean basket of crispy fish and chips. But it also cooks up delicious grilled fish platters and salads.

If you’re ordering a fish plate, remember to skip the garlic butter and go cajun…because butter is no bueno for your diet. Brown rice is also an option for 50 cents more. And while that bread on your plate might look tempting, it’s also an easy way to pack on the calories, so skip it.

If you’re looking to skip the carbs entirely, go with a salad. CA Fish’s Cajun Salmon Salad includes grilled salmon, mixed greens, sprouts, green onions, feta cheese, dried cranberries, red onion, cherry tomatoes, walnuts, sweet and tangy lime vinaigrette. DOWN. 

California Fish Grill has locations in Anaheim Hills, Brea, Cypress, Foothill Ranch, Irvine and Lake Forest. cafishgrill.com.

TikiYaki

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Some people trying to get fit aren’t looking for glitzy salads. If you’re looking for a protein packed punch, this is the place for you.

TikiYaki sells giant bowls and plates of Hawaiian-style grilled proteins, brown rice and steamed vegetables. Sure, TikiYaki does have gluttonous dishes, like Volcano Chicken and egg rolls. But if you skip those and opt for the Chicken Veggie Bowl with brown rice and green onions, you should have a solid meal to make those #GAINZGOALZ. 

TikiYaki is at 2271 N Tustin St. in Orange. (714) 283-1628.

Panini Cafe

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Ordering at Panini Cafe can get a bit tough, because you’ll be enticed to order one of it’s incredible, but carby paninis. Opt for a kabob instead. The kabobs here come with a generous ratio of protein to grilled vegetables. Each kabob at Panini Cafe is served with a side of rice and a salad. Opt for the organic, whole-wheat pilaf and a romaine-avocado salad. A complete, satisfying and tasty meal.

Panini Cafe has locations in Santa Ana, Irvine, Corona Del Mar and Aliso Viejo. mypaninicafe.com.

 

Mead’s Green Door Cafe

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If you’re thinking about skipping meat entirely, Mead’s Green Door Cafe is a good place to start.

Mead’s sells a wide variety of Vegan and Vegetarian entrees, juices and smoothies. They also sell Vegan pizza!

Be sure to try the Portobello Sandwich, a marinated grilled portobello cap, arugula, tomato, and caramelized onions, with swiss cheese and lemon tahini dressing on a potato bun. This will make you miss burgers entirely.

Mead’s Green Door Cafe is at 642 W Chapman Ave. in Orange. meadsgreendoor.com.

Banzai Bowls

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While all these options are tasty, what about breakfast? Breakfast burritos are great, but those things are grease bombs. Opt for a acai bowl instead. Acai berries contain antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. And the best spot to get an acai bowl in Orange County is Banzai Bowls.

Banzai Bowls constructs a perfect acai bowl. The acai mix is the right consistency — not too soupy, not too frozen. The granola and fruit are plentiful. And the size is right for the price.

Banzai Bowls is in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and San Clemente. banzaibowls.com.

Pokinometry

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The poke bowls craze has swept through Orange County. And it’s clear why. Poke bowls are a healthier alternative to sushi and can get you out the door for less money than your favorite raw fish rolls.

If you’re looking for a great poke bowl, look no further than Pokinometry. Pokinometry is like the “Chipotle” of poke bowls. You choose what goes into your bowl and your body.

Stick with brown rice or salad as your base. Add in some fresh veggies and avocado and top it off with your choice of fish.

Just skip the spicy mayo or spicy miso. As tasty as it sounds, mayo is filled with saturated fats and miso is sodium-packed.

Pokinometry is at 184 S Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim. pokinometry.com.

Urban Cactus

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Looking for healthy, Mexican food can be a challenge. As much as we love greasy tacos and burritos after a night of drinking, they’re not particularly friendly to the waistline.

Urban Cactus offers an alternative to traditional Mexican food with high-quality ingredients and low-fat recipes. Be sure to try Urban Cactus’ Urban Salad, which has Gala apples, cranberries, caramelized pecans, queso fresco and your choice of balsamic or honey-mustard vinaigrette. Urban Cactus also has a wide selection of freshly squeezed juices.

Urban Cactus is at 3070 W. Chapman Ave., Suite C in Orange. urbancactus.net.

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:53:31.

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