Healthy Eating--24th and Mission
I've lived in the neighborhood for several years and only know two places to get cheap, reasonably healthy food--Papalote and We Be Sushi. Both not that awesome. But it beats cooking after exercising.
The neighborhood is fantastic for calorie laden treats, but something a little lighter is in order when coming back from the gym. The 45 minutes on the treadmill can all be erased (and then some) by that beautiful fish torta from Tortas Los Picudos.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Believe it or not, it is possible to order light and healthy at Big Mouth Burgers. Grilled eggplant sandwiches, garden burgers, grilled salmon, Caesar salad... may not be totally lo-cal, but they are cheap and tasty. Then again, I can't help but add a side of fries, which totally blows the 'light' concept. Definitely affordable.
And if 21st & Valencia is close enough, Udupai Palace can be light and cheap. Dosa too, though a bit more expensive. Also in that radius and in the Peruvian vein, Limon Rotisserie ceviche is excellent.
And you are aware, I hope, that the link between exercise and weight loss is more or less nil. Stay fit to stay alive. To lose weight, eat less.
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So I guess Yats is out. And I gotta dispute Bernal's health advice against exercise. To lose weight, eat fewer calories than you burn. Walk farther to dinner.
I love Udupi and Big Mouth, although I don't eat anything healthy at either.
Lotus Garden has delicious Vietnamese on Mission just south of Valencia (past Cesar Chavez).
In the other direction (18th and Mission), Minako is very healthy home-cooked Japanese. The sushi is fine, but it's the rest of the menu that you want to explore. Prices vary.
Yamo is cheap, delicious, and healthy.
Would Esperpento fit the bill? Or is it another place where you could conceivably order a light, healthy meal, but you never do because the best dishes seduce you?
If you want to add another 3-4 blocks to your workout, you can get take-out salads from Valencia Whole Foods, or Herbivore is a couple doors down on Valencia.
What about Sushi Bistro? Herbivore has been mentioned, but it needs repeating.
Maybe, Yama for Burmese? Sunflower for Vietnamese (if you order carefully).
Schmidt's is nearby, for German foods, providing you order carefully.
Quiche at Tartine
Dolores Park Cafe has salads and Fritz has crepes...both might be ideas to try.
Bi-Rite market also has really good prepared foods for takeout with lots of options.