Eating out can be a challenge for those with health and wellness goals. Restaurants focus on making food as tasty as possible typically without regard to health or calorie content. Health conscious people often need to be healthy food detectives when eating out. However, this is not a reason to not eat out. Eating out has many benefits, including social benefits, and avoiding getting stuck in the food rut that can happen when you cook at home. So instead of telling you not to eat out, we are letting you know your healthiest options at our local restaurants.
Here is a guide on what to choose when eating out at your favorite Westwood Restaurants without sacrificing your health and wellness efforts. (please note, we did not compare restaurant to restaurant, rather made recommendations as to the best option(s) on each menu.)
284 Center Avenue, Westwood
Bibi'z Chopped Salad
Shucked Oysters (Each oyster has 5 grams of protein and is high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B-12, as well as zinc and iron.)
Roasted Wild Bronzino
487 Broadway, Westwood
Grilled Octopus (low fat option, a 3 ounce serving has 25 grams of protein!)
Grilled Salmon over Sauteed Spinach & Feta (Feta is a lower calorie cheese due to less fat. It also contains high amounts of B vitamins and calcium.)
59 Washington Ave, Westwood
Tako Su (octopus in vinegar sauce served with cucumber)
Sunomono (mixed seafood in vinegar sauce with cucumber.)
Kathryn Mundhenk graduated with a BS in public health from William Paterson University. Currently she attends Montclair State University and is completing a dual graduate program to obtain her Masters in nutrition and food science along with an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certification. Kathryn enjoys cooking and helping others improve their eating habits. She has interned with City Green in Clifton, NJ where she held nutrition education, cooking and gardening seminars to children and the elderly.