Have you ever struggled to order healthful options when eating out? The Scioto County Health Coalition’s Better Plate Initiative has a plan.

In an effort to help the community become healthier, Eat Well Kitchen Market at 40C Atlantic Ave
in Marblehead, provides a wide array of options from loaded salads, smoothies to juices and wraps. On the day that I visited, I ordered Farmer’s Market pick, a base of roasted seasonal veggies, topped with house-made sunflower, pesto, goat cheese, arugula. This is a great example of a balanced meal. It has plenty of vegetables, protein with the grilled chicken and beans, sour cream and ranch served on the side making it easy to choose as little or as much one would like, and completed with a side of fresh fruit.

Eat Well Kitchen has many smarter choices, especially when making modifications like ordering your dressing on the side or doubling up on veggies. On the salads menu, entrees eaten with vinaigrettes are a good choice for someone looking to lower their saturated fat intake, as well as opting for grilled chicken instead of fried. Other great protein options include beans, tuna, and even hummus. Choosing the Mandarin Crunch salad will give visual interest to your plate as well as wonderful citrus flavor. The raspberry Romaine salad carries pops of color with Romaine, red onions, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette on the side. The assorted cheese and fruit plate also makes getting your 5-a-Day easy with strawberries, fresh pineapple, oranges, grapes with fruit dip on the side (or the fruit is so fresh and sweet you can easily skip some calories by leaving the fruit dip off entirely) accompanied with crisp vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumber. Colby cheese and crackers round off this colorful palette.

Eat Well Kitchen juices come with a multitude of options. GO GREEN contains celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, kale, C-BETTER is loaded with carrot, celery, apple, IMMUNE BOOST comes with all goodies found in carrots, turmeric, ginger, green apple, fresh orange juice. And then a whole a lot of smoothies.

 

Considering your health when eating out doesn’t have to be so difficult. Keep an eye out for the Total Wellness Finder, with more places to be added soon.

 

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