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Health Conscious Meals in MSP

With the new year comes the ever present resolution to lose weight. Whenever I'm trying to get my weight (and health) under control, I feel like I can't dine out regularly, just too many tasty distractions.

I feel confident I can stick to my plan if we go for sushi or pho, but my husband and I need more options! While I enjoy Good Earth, my husband doesn't. I dined at Spoon River last weekend and for the second time found the food to be quite bland. When I'm getting Chinese takeout for myself I'll order just steamed shrimp and veggies, but don't feel right doing that at a restaurant that has taken time to craft a flavorful dish.

What places do you enjoy for a tasty, yet healthy meal? Any exceptional, light dishes at restaurants you might not think of when you're trying to lose weight?

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  1. Great topic, Kate!

    I really like the portabella mushroom sandwiches at Groveland Tap--I sub salad for the fries. The sandwich has some cheese and the bread is buttered, but, all in all, it's a pretty healthy meal. Certainly compared to a burger.

    Also, I like the soups at Tanpopo and, of course, you really can't go wrong with sushi and sashimi.

    ~TDQ

    1. Here's a link to an older thread that still has some great ideas in it:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/12475...

      ~TDQ

      1. Thanks TDQ! I had briefly forgotten my love of Tanpopo and should definitely try to get to Birchwood and French Meadow again soon. I've also been by Natural Escape on Lyndale many times (it's on my way to the gym :) and never stopped in.

        1. I've cut my calories way back too, but I haven't been having much of a problem eating out. That's partially because I cook, a lot. Way more than we eat out. I would say we get take out or eat out maybe 3 times per week. Sometimes less, sometimes more. When we eat out, it's almost always "ethnic" food, which is definitely the way to go when you are counting calories.

          We get takeout from the Taste of Thailand Fridley location often. Spring rolls and green papaya salad are both pretty low cal, and delicious. By the time I've finished one spring roll and half the papaya salad, I am pretty satisfied and don't need to eat much more, or any more. If I am still a bit peckish, I eat a very small portion of an entree, which is much more healthful than eating an entire serving (which is usually big enough for two anyway) of peanut curry.

          East African food is great too. Lots of lentils and vegetables, nothing is fried, and the injera is made from teff, which has a very good nutritional profile. I have loved the food at Dashen on East Lake, but haven't been there for a couple of months.

          We also eat/get take out from Crescent Moon, which is great. Again, lots of veggies and the meat is grilled and pretty lean.

          Otherwise, I try to watch the portion size, order a salad with my meal so I don't go overboard on the other stuff, almost never order anything that's fried, etc. Often I cut the portion in half immediately and decide to only eat half, so that I have a mental stopping point. If I'm still hungry, I can always eat more.

          1. I order apps, or split the main course with my chowspouse. That way we're eating only half as much and get to enjoy the entire presentation.