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Mar 18, 2007 08:17 PM

For People in the Tustin and Irvine area (moved from CA board)

Hello, my name is Aleena. I got to school in the tustin and irvine area. My friend and i are looking to cut down on calories and fat, and looking to make some healthier choices, too loose some waistline and baby - fat. We love all kinds of foods... If you have any suggestions (doesnt matter if its fast-food or restaurant style) they would be GREATLY appreciated. We do have a tight- budget, so please keep that in mind! Thank you oh so very much! :)

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    1. Mother's Market. Try any of their dishes with brown rice. They have a restaurant in the store, as well as prepared foods in the store itself. I also enjoy their fresh juice bar. It's a health food store, so you may find other options that you also like.

      Mother's Market, 2963 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA

      There are three other locations as well (Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Laguna Woods).

        1. you can't go wrong with Vietnamese food. Most of the dishes are low in fat and the prices at Long Hai on El Camino in Tustin are great

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          1. re: quinntran

            Just be careful how much of the dipping sauce (called nuoc cham) you put on your food, as that's got quite a bit of sugar in it... and obviously you'll want to avoid things cooked in caramel sauce if you're trying to cut down on your weight.

            Rutabegorz is a great suggestion.

            1. re: quinntran

              I second the Long Hai suggestion. I am there about twice a week for lunch and actually get cravings for the BBQ chicken or pork w/ rice when I go more than 4 days without it ;)

            2. Try Wholesome Choice in Irvine at the corner of Culver and Michelson. They have a huge take out food area with all kind of different ethnic food. Very reasonably priced. Something for everyone.