Healthy Eating in the Corridor

Warm Chicken Salad
Healthy eating options like this grilled chicken salad are available at many area restaurants.

Addison and the North Dallas Corridor harbor a great variety of dining options. Sometimes a mouthwatering, high-calorie burger is just what we want to satisfy our craving. But keeping an eye on what we eat is important.

Eating out every day can get tricky for one wanting to maintain a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many of us are constantly on-the-run, so cooking a meal at home can feel like a trying or impossible task. Fortunately, the Corridor boasts lots of restaurants that offer delicious, healthy food for the conscientious eater.

Healthy eating shouldn’t only be for the diet-obsessed. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, healthy eating is linked to a “reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heath disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.”

Eating healthy cuisine doesn’t only have to consist of “rabbit food.” Sure, eating a salad instead of a platter of fried goodies is better for you, but you can have savory, complex dishes that are healthy and satisfying.

Asian cuisine offers a load of healthy eating options that will not only keep you full, but will excite your taste buds. Vietnamese cuisine tends to use fresh herbs, like cilantro and Thai basil, to flavor dishes. Try a grilled tofu vermicelli bowl ($6.50) or a vegetable- and meat-packed beef broth noodle soup (pho, $5.50) at Pho Que Huong. According to thatsfit.com, an average bowl of pho only contains 483 calories, which isn’t bad for a fulfilling dinner. Other joints to try: Sushi Axiom (Japanese/Asian Fusion), The Saffron House (Indian), Thai Box (Thai), and Genghis Grill (Mongolian-inspired).

Most of us have heard of the “Mediterranean diet.” The Mayo Clinic says it’s a “heart-healthy eating plan” and reduces the risk of “death from heart disease and cancer.” Mediterranean food comes from the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. This cuisine includes generous portions of vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil. Savor the flavors of Greece at Ziziki’s Taverna at Addison Walk. Try the Taverna’s Village Salad ($13), which includes ouzo roasted salmon on a bed of romaine and spring mix, with a cup of the Greek-style lentil soup ($4). Other places to try: Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Al Amir Lebanese Restaurant, and Side Walk Cafe.

You don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate the flavors and benefits of a meat- and dairy-free diet.  According to Medical News Today, eating meat and products derived from animals have been shown to “raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthirits, hypertension, heart disease, and a number of other illnesses and conditions.” The Loving Hut in Addison doesn’t only offer a fantastic lunch buffet, but their menu includes Asian-inspired and American-inspired dishes. Try a BBQ baguette ($7.95), which includes soy protein instead of traditional BBQ meat, or maybe a vegetable and cashew medley ($9.95) for a nutty kick to a veggie dish.

Salads are what most people think of when they think “healthy eating.” Try a fresh salad with herb marinated grilled chicken ($10) or a baked salmon salad wrap ($9) at Salata. You can also enjoy a warm pear and goat cheese salad ($9.25) or Hawaiian tuna salad ($11.95) at Greenz. The Dream Café offers a variety of healthy eating options, but the Southwest salad ($12) and Greek salad ($14) are full of flavor.

It’s been said over and over again that we need to incorporate healthy eating habits in our everyday lives. With the countless options you have in the Corridor, this should be as easy as (sugar-free) pie.

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