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Eat Healthier in Flatiron

The start of a new year can inspire healthier eating habits, and Flatiron is a hub of fast-casual, healthy eateries. We've rounded up some go-to spots to help keep a healthy diet on track, and outlined some tips on how to eat healthy while eating out. 

Where to Visit: 

by Chloe, 60 West 22nd, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, (347) 620-9622
by Chloe serves a wholesome vegan menu that features locally-sourced ingredients made 100% in-house. by Chloe's air-baked fries are a better choice than the fast food variety. Enjoy a wide selection of salads including the fan favorite Quinoa Taco salad. Plus, the burger and sandwich menu selection is made with meat and cheese substitutes that won't make you miss the real thing.

Cha Cha Matcha, 1151 Broadway, between 27th and 28th Streets, (646) 895-9484
The benefits of matcha have been widely documented, including its ability to provide energy without the crash associated with caffeine, boost metabolism, and help with weight loss. At Cha Cha Matcha, have your pick of appetizing matcha lattes, lemonades, and soft-serves, and the neon tropical vibe of the cafe makes for a fun atmosphere. 

Dr Smood, 1151 Broadway, between 26th and 27th Streets, (646) 713-1380 
Dr Smood's vision is to deliver a healthy cafe concept that brings unprocessed, organic food to the table. Dr Smood pledges its menu as non-GMO, pesticide-free, non-dairy, free of refined sugar, certified organic, and certified Kosher. Dr Smood's menu includes organic salads, wraps, soups, and fruit juices. 

Fields Good Chicken, 44 East 23rd Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South, (212) 564-9805
Never fried, always prepared from scratch in-house, and butter and cream are nowhere to be found in the kitchen at Fields Good Chicken. Have your choice of their chicken in a bowl, on a salad, or on a platter with a few vegetable sides. The excellent food ranges from proteins and sides to bowls and healthy burritos.

The Little Beet, 1140 Broadway, between 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 367-8015
Inspired by local, seasonal and natural ingredients, The Little Beet's menu offers wholesome food with ingredients carefully sourced from trusted farmers and purveyors. The menu features greens, rice, or quinoa-based bowls that you can customize with various proteins, vegetable sides, garnishes, and sauces. Dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free dietary preferences can be accommodated. 

Maui Onion, 35 West 26th Street. between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, (212) 377-5120
Hawaiian poke bowl spot Maui Onion offers fresh, simple, and easy poke dishes for busy customers to enjoy much like the fishermen of the 17th century who had this delicious snack on board. Enjoy the great taste of authentic Hawaiian food with a menu featuring bowls, burritos, salads, temaki, and juices. Go wild with the additional toppings - they come at no extra cost. 

Made Nice, 8 West 28th Street, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue, (212) 887-1677
Brought to you from the people behind fine dining restaurant Eleven Madison Park, Made Nice is a fast-casual spot that serves no-fuss, quality food. Made Nice's recipes apply classic techniques to familiar, bold flavors. The tasty menu features items like roasted chicken, curry cauliflower, charred avocados, and a variety of salads. 

Smile To Go, 23 Lexington Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets, (646) 863-3893
Enjoy tasty, healthy Mediterranean-inspired fare inspired by seasonal rotating ingredients at Smile To Go. The cafe offers thoughtfully prepared proteins, vegetable sides, salads, and sandwiches that make for an enjoyable, healthy meal. 

Terri, 60 West 23rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212) 647-8810 
Terri is a vegan sandwich shop serving up fresh, healthy meals. Guests rave about Terri's juices and smoothies, and the Kale Superfood Salad, Chickpea "Tuna" melt, and "Chicken" Caesar Wrap are crowd-favorites. Terri's menu focuses on high protein items; specifically, hearty salads, sandwiches, and grain bowls. They've definitely raised the bar for quality healthy food.

Tips for Eating Healthier While Eating Out: 

  • Drink water before and during your meals - Swap out sugar-sweetened beverages for a no-calorie drink. Drinking water before and throughout your meal will slow down your eating, help you more enjoy the food, and send a message to your brain that you are full before your plate is empty. Squeeze in some lemon juice for added flavor that serves as a good source of Vitamin C. 
     
  • Ask for dressing and sauces on the side - Dressings and sauces can add a lot of extra fat and calories to your dish. Keep dressing and sauce separate from your plate to control how much of it you eat, and you may be surprised how little you use. Bonus, your salad won't become wilted. 

  • Avoid cream-based dressing, sauce, or soup - Cream- or cheese-based dressings, sauces, and soups add calories and fat to your meal. Tomato- and vegetable-based alternatives are much healthier. Vegetable-based broths are the healthiest soup option. 

  • Slow down your eating - Chewing your food thoroughly and eating slowly can help you not overeat as you may feel full more quickly. Putting your fork down between bites can help you gauge your hunger levels before taking another one. 

  • Pass on Bread and Chips - Skip the bread and bag of chips when ordering a meal to avoid the unnecessary calories. 

  • Enjoy a light, healthy snack before a meal - Doing so helps you avoid overeating. 

  • Ask for help - Restaurant staff can help explain the menu and offer healthy recommendations. 

Source: Reader's Digest and Healthline
Photo Credit: Made Nice 
 

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