Now that school in Boston is back in session and students have returned to college for the fall semester, it’s time to get healthy. One of the most difficult challenges as a college student is to keep the freshman 15 off. With fast food options galore on every campus, here are some healthier picks for keeping the extra weight off.
Sure, popular national restaurants like sweetgreen and Freshii are all the rage right now but if you are looking to keep it local, head to Bonapita in Downtown Crossing. Instead of snacking on fries and burgers, this Mediterranean restaurant offers fresh pita bread sandwiches filled with grilled or roasted meats and fresh vegetables. For example, the meatballs here are oven baked and slow cooked while the chicken is marinated then roasted. Top it all off with black beans, steamed vegetables and wild rice.
49 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110 (857) 350-4606
Cocobeet knows a healthier life is all about making the right choices. From juices and smoothies to cleanses and salads, they offer a variety of clean foods to get you on the right track. We love the organic curried chickpea salad made with golden raisins, hemp seeds and cashew curry served on mixed greens. Whether you come here for a breakfast on the go of quinoa, blueberries and cinnamon, a lunch of kale and mixed greens or an avocado and spinach sandwich to dinner, Cocobeet serves up some of the healthiest options in town.
100 City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 02108
Over in Beacon Hill, after a day of walking around Boston, head into Pressed for a boost of energy. They offer a variety of cold pressed raw juices, greens menu, superfood shakes and palettas (popsicles featuring tasty flavors like cardamom vanilla plum). We like the pesto kale Caesar salad filled with avocado, shredded carrots and almond parmesan as well as the coconut yogurt and house granola made with gluten-free oats, coconut meat, cranberries, pepitas, almonds, sunflower seeds, honey and maple.
120 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114
4 The Wholy Grain
In the South End, it’s all about healthful eating at The Wholy Grain. Instead of reaching for the “Jordan Marsh” muffins, try the Paleo diet carrot, coconut or ginger muffins made with almond flour or the granola parfait. If you come for lunch, don’t miss the Wholy Bowl combination of brown rice, red and black beans, guacamole, salsa, black olives and cilantro topped with their signature spicy sauce. There is also a tasty Wholy Grain Salad filled with tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, peppers and whatever protein you would like.
275 Shawmut Avenue Boston, MA 02118
Shabu-Zen knows that Chinese food does not have to be greasy and laden with calories. Instead, this hot spot attracts diners to their Chinatown location for their hot pots of spicy Chinese broth, tomato veggie and house special pork broth that is then cooked with fresh meats, seafood and vegetables.
16 Tyler Street Boston, MA 02111