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May 8, 2008 11:03 AM

Summer is Coming...Where to find 'skinny' food

I love to eat, love to drink, but with Summer fast approaching, I tend to choose lighter fare or healthy food more so than Winter time. Where are your 'go to' places for healthy food? I realize everyone will probably have their own definition of 'healthy', but for the most part, take out, a particular dish or restaurant that doesn't leave you feeling like you have to unbutton your pants, do a lap around the block or detox from a ton of butter and richness? My stand by is the Fresh Rolls from Le's (formerly Pho Pasteur). Thai lettuce wraps are another favorite. For those chowhounds looking to keep the waistline trim, what do you eat?

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  1. I like the cafe at Brookline Healthworks for lunch.

    1. I am looking forward to returning to Grezzo for more raw food, but now with really good in-season produce! Check out the recent Globe article / review - 3 stars!

      1. You got it messed up, you're supposed to detox during the winter when it's dark, cold, dank and downright boring. Summer is here, time for fried clams, burgers on the grill, homemade ice cream, lobster rolls, chips, gin & tonic's and beer!

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        1. re: treb

          I actually agree with you! I try to keep it healthy during the week and go nuts on all of the above (sub rose and margaritas for the g&t for me) on the weekends. Some times I start my 'weekend' on Wednesday.

        2. I've been really enjoying the salads at City Slicker cafe -- nice mixture of greens, excellent toppings (perfectly ripe avocado, grape tomatoes, grilled chicken) and a roasted garlic dressing that is positively addictive. Actually makes me WANT a salad.

          City Slicker Cafe
          588 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. "Healthy"? I'm.....I'm sorry, I'm unfamiliar with that word. Is it French? ;-b

            I actually have a few favorite spots to go to for healthy food when the weather gets warm. They include:

            -- Strip T's, Watertown (fresh soups, salads, sandwiches--love the Thai rollup there)

            -- D'Agostino's, Arlington Heights (good-to-excellent subs that I usually take on hikes or just to chill out outside--they have a terrific ham and cheese sub)

            -- Panera (DON'T LAUGH--I actually like some of their sandwiches, including the sierra turkey)

            -- Vinny's Superette, Somerville (again, excellent subs and sandwiches that I take to places such as Piers Park in Eastie or other outdoor areas nearby--my favorite might be the meatball sub, which isn't really healthy, but whatever)

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            1. re: hiddenboston

              This is my problem with "healthy" food at restaurants. The Sierra turkey sounds, by ingredients, to be a fine sandwich, and then you look on the Panera Bread site and discover these numbers for a half sandwich.

              Sierra Turkey Sandwich Cheese Focaccia - half portion
              Nutrition Facts
              Serving Size 6.75 ounces (192g)
              Servings Per Container 1
              Amount Per Serving
              Calories 480 Calories from Fat 240
              % Daily Value*
              Total Fat 27g 42%
              Saturated Fat 6g 30%
              Trans Fat 0g
              Cholesterol 45mg 15%
              Sodium 990mg 41%
              Total Carbohydrate 40g 13%
              Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
              Sugars 3g
              Protein 19g
              * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
              Calories 2,000 2,500
              Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
              Saturated Fat Less Than 20g 25g
              Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
              Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
              Total Carbs 300g 375g
              Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
              Calories per gram:
              Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

              Ingredients: Focaccia with Cheese (unbleached enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], water, natural wheat sour, salt, rye flour, wheat gluten, malted barley flour, soy lecithin, ascorbic acid, enzymes, olive oil blend [extra virgin olive oil, canola oil], yeast, calcium diphosphate, fava bean flour, dextrose, malted barley flour, distilled monoglycerides, wheat flour, wheat starch, soy lecithin, enzymes, ascorbic acid, asiago cheese [pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes], olive oil blend [extra virgin olive oil, canola oil]), turkey breasts (turkey breast, turkey broth, salt, brown sugar, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite), chipotle mayonnaise (soybean oil, sour cream [cream, skim milk, corn-starch-modified, lactic and citric acid, gelatin, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, carrageenan, sodium phosphate, natural and artificial flavor, lactic acid culture], water, egg yolk, chipotle in adobo [chipotle pepper {water and dried chipotle pepper}, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, soybean oil, sugar, salt, spices, onion and garlic powder, caramel color], chipotle pepper puree [chipotle pepper, water, salt, vinegar, citric acid], distilled vinegar, contains less than 2% tomato paste, high fructose corn syrup, salt, mustard flour, polysorbate 60, natural hickory smoke flavor, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives, caramel color, calcium disodium EDTA added to protect flavor, xanthan gum), red onion, field greens (may contain any of the following: frisee, wild arugula, mache, radicchio, green romaine hearts, tango, mizuna, green oak, green chard, lolla rosa, red chard, red romaine hearts, red leaf, red oak).

              1. re: smtucker

                27 grams of fat? No wonder I like it so much! And that's for a half sandwich? Wow. So that means that I usually have between 108 and 135 grams of fat at one sitting for a "healthy" meal (plus chips)? Good Lord, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes...

                1. re: smtucker

                  Yeah, I wouldn't call any of those subs and sandwiches "healthy" either. "Nice to eat outside" sure, but "healthy"? No.

                  1. re: yumyum

                    Hmmmmm.........(damn)........I know--the steamed pork and shrimp spring rolls from both Pho Hoa and Pho So 1 in Dorchester. I've brought those over to Castle Island a couple of times on a hot summer evening. Nice and light and summer-y.

                    There. I DO eat healthy stuff every so often! :-D

                  2. re: smtucker

                    I guess this might be a bit harsh, but, for goodness sake. It's focaccia! (Bread made with olive oil.) And cheese! Smothered in mayo! You expect that to be low-calorie?