It’s a new year, new you! So, we hope that you have been taking action to accomplish all of your New Year’s resolutions.
Do your resolutions involve health and wellness? If so, Union Wharf wants to tell you that it doesn’t have to be boring—you don’t have to stay inside all-winter-long and meal prep! You can go out to eat with friends, family, or even just yourself.
Here are some healthier alternatives and nutrient-dense items from your local favorites.
Our Neighbor, Chilangos
Eat healthy while eating out! Besides, Chilango’s is right next-door, so it’s the perfect place to go out without having to feel the winter cold for too long.
Besides the cantina and fun vibes, their modern Mexican-American cuisine is drool-worthy. However, some menu items may be high in carbohydrates and fat. So, check out their Salads, the Salmon al Mojo de Ajo, and the Chicken Fajitas without the flour tortillas or sour cream.
Where Else Can I Go?
Ampera serves delectable modern dishes with fresh and local ingredients! Here are some “health conscious” items from their Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Menus!
For Brunch/Lunch: Raw Oysters, Steamed Shrimp, Harvest Salad, Marconi’s Chop Salad without croutons and dressing on the side, and the Stuffed Pepper with quinoa.
For Dinner: Quinoa & Vegetable Stew, Stuffed Pepper, and Pan Seared Scallops with the sauce on the side.
The healthier options from Barcocina’s savory Mexican Dinner and Brunch menus include, but are not limited to: Barcocina Caesar Salad, Green Mango Quinoa Salad, and Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Tacos, (on smaller corn tortillas and without the queso fresco).
Bertha’s Restaurant & Bar
Bertha’s is known for its mussels and well…they’re not bad! Mussels are high in protein, high in Vitamins A & B12, and low in fat! Since they’re naturally low in calories, you can splurge with a bit of their sauces!
Darbar’s Indian cuisine can be healthy, but you have to know what to look out for. Avoid fried foods, unnecessary carbs, and saturated fats with their spicy Chana Masala, Bhindi Ki Sabzi, or Tandoori Chicken or Shrimp.
Watch-out for creams and butters in their Masala and Korma dishes.
EarthShake Baltimore serves fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients in filling bowls and pressed juices.
You can build-your-own pitaya or açai bowl and control how many calories, carbohydrates, (including sugars), and fats are in there! Try to add in some blueberries, since they’re a superfood and rich with antioxidants, or chia seeds, since they’re rich in fiber, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids!
Need something fresh on-the-go? Try one of their deliciously healthy juices! Their juices utilize refreshing fruits, flu-fighting ginger, activated charcoal, and lean greens.
Check out their full menu here.
Nanami is known for its Japanese cuisine. Luckily for you, sashimi rolls are great! They’re the easiest to digest and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and proteins. However, you should try the salmon or tuna sashimi, since they’re extremely nutrient-dense.
Rec Pier Chop House
Rec Pier Chop House is a chic spot known for its Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner menus. Here are some “cleaner” alternatives from these menus.
For Breakfast: (Iced) Coffee & Espresso with 0-calorie sugar alternatives and a splash of non-dairy milk. Or, sip on an organic loose leaf tea, (since it’s flu and cold season!). Either start your morning with a Ruby Red Grapefruit, Mixed Berries, an Organic Yogurt Parfait, Anson Mills Oatmeal, Egg White Omelette, or Avocado Crostino.
For Lunch: Arugula Salad with nuts, (healthy polyunsaturated fats), Roasted Chicken Salad, or the Seared Tuna Insalata.
For Dinner: Smoked Beet Salad, Peroni Roasted Chicken, and Grilled Swordfish.
Their Salmon Salad is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and topped with a zesty lemon dressing.
Or, splurge with their Tuna Lettuce and Thai Chicken Wrap!
Maybe you want an entree instead? Well, their Poke Bowl is filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, (like Ahi Tuna, avocados, and mangos!), that aid in bodily health and digestion.
Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
Teavolve is quite the spot and offers Breakfast/Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, and Happy Hour! Here are some healthier options from these menus.
For Breakfast/Lunch: Egg Dishes, (rich in proteins, Vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals!), Salads, Wraps, and the Veggie/Blackened Salmon Panini!
For Brunch: Granola Parfait, (high in probiotics for GI health), Egg Sandwiches with Multigrain Toast, and Salads. Try their interesting Green Tea vinaigrette!
For Dinner: Splurge with their delicious Blackened Tofu Tacos, Blackened Salmon Salad, and their Marinated Tofu Salad.
Thames Street Oyster House
Thames Street Oyster House serves the finest quality seafood for lunch and dinner!
And, guess what? Raw oysters, shellfish, and fish are all great! They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. (They’re typically lower in caloric-intake as well!) However, be careful with the sauces available.
For Lunch: Fresh Salads, Eastern Shore Oyster Stew, and a side of Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Vinaigrette.
For Dinner: Beyond salads, some healthier main course options include, but are not limited to: Gulf of Maine Hanke or the Kent Narrows Rockfish without the truffle butter.
The Abbey Burger Bistro
Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Well, at Abbey Burger Bistro it isn’t!
This bistro may not have the cleanest options, but they do have a build-your-own burger menu!
Yep, you can replace the buns with low-calorie and minerally-enriching lettuce wraps! You can also forgo heavy sauces and cheeses!
Recommended: Swap out the typical burger patty for a turkey burger or one of the vegetarian patties and try a lettuce bun! Definitely skip the alcoholic milkshake for now.
The Point In Fells
The Point uses fresh ingredients, so try their Grilled and Romaine & Veggie salad, which is rich with antioxidants and minerals and be syre ti get the delectable Rosemary Dijon Caesar on the side, or opt for Balsamic instead.
Replace their fried foods, burgers, and wraps with a veggie burger! The patty is made with beets and quinoa, high in vitamin B12, iron, magnesium — important for cognitive functioning!
Check out their other vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Here are some great places in the market that are resolution-friendly!
Vikki’s Fells Point Deli offers some healthy wraps, like the Chicken Fajita, and salads, like the Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken. For something different, try a Stuffed Tomato!
The Verandah Kitchen is serving up delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan Indian street food! So, give their wraps and bowls a try!
Remember, eating “healthy” doesn’t mean: following fad diets, relying on food category, (i.e., veggies), and/or excessively limiting yourself
Let’s safely accomplish our health and wellness goals, while enjoying everything Fell’s Point has to offer.