Dining out usually leads to cheating on your low-carb or reduced fat diet. These NYC restaurants and food trucks are offering delicious meals for under 600 calories a serving. By Sarah Shaker.
Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta Trio, Siro’s Restaurant
885 Second Avenue
New York, NY
Siro’s Restaurant in Midtown recently launched ‘Joy Bauer’s Healthy Menu,’ including well-balanced meals, all for under 600 calories. Known for her healthy tips and tricks on The Today Show, Joy’s new menu at Siro’s offers healthy options for those dining out, who don’t want to worry about their waistline. The Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta Trio is a standout plate, perfect for sharing. A grilled whole wheat crostini is topped with red onion, fresh sage, whipped skim milk ricotta and roasted butternut squash then finished with E.V.O.O. for only 315 calories! Other dishes include a 580 calorie Grilled Chicken Parmesan and Pat LaFrieda 2oz ‘90/10’ Grilled Turkey Burger Trio for 530 calories.
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Don’t count out burgers when you’re on a diet! 67 Burger in Park Slope and Fort Greene offer fresh and healthy ingredients. The Parisian with Turkey is topped with white wine sauteed onions, mushrooms and dijonaise for a delicious 550 calories. Choose from their menu of 14 burgers or go ahead and create your own with the options of 5 proteins, 8 cheeses and 18 veggie toppings to choose from! Want to go extra lean? Try the Tofu for a mere 100 calories with their 175 calorie bun, then pile on the toppings. The meal creations feel pretty endless at this good-for-you Brooklyn burger joint.
NY Food Truck Lunch: Fettuccine Alfredo From From Now Eat This! Truck
If we told you there’s a food truck offering healthy comfort food with all menu items at under 350 calories, would you believe us? Well, you should because that’s exactly what Now Eat This! Truck from Rocco Dispirto is offering. From his Organic Whole Wheat Lasagne Bolognese to satisfy your Italian food cravings at only 306 calories to an Asian inspired Faux Fried General Tsao’s Chicken at 310 calories, there are a wide variety of low calorie meals, snacks and desserts on this healthy food truck to enjoy each day.
More: The 5 Best Bars Near Central Park Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman offers seasonal and locally sourced cuisine at Rouge Tomate on the Upper East Side. Treat yourself to their Poached Maine Lobster Salad with Rhubarb, Sugar Snap Peas, Avocado, and Candied Peanuts for 320 Calories. This light seafood dish is an elegant way to enjoy lobster without all of the fat of melted butter or white bread on a lobster roll. For something heavier, but still light on the calories, enjoy the House-made Squid Ink Fettuccine with a Saffron “Paella” Broth, Local Shellfish, Hawaiian Blue Prawns, and Sautéed Vegetables for 420 Calories.
More: NYC’s 6 Best Healthy Wraps Here at CBSNewYork, we try to steer clear of sending our loyal readers to chain restaurants. Energy Kitchen is the exception. This healthy franchise is committed to calorie counting. For a breakfast on-the-go, try their protein rich Energy Breakfast Sandwich. Five egg whites, low-fat American cheese and turkey bacon are layered on a honey whole wheat English muffin to wake you up on the healthy side of the bed for a mere 277 calories. For lunch, stick a fork in the Mediterranean Salad, mixing feta, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onions and tomatoes over romaine for a 261 calorie meal.
It’s no secret that we love Dig Inn. Here, you can be picky – because it’s up to you to build your own plate from a selection of quality meats, grains and greens and market sides. Start with a protein, like the Lemon Herb Chicken (224 calories) or Spicy Meatballs (227 calories) then add on a grain, such as Classic Brown Rice (189 calories) or greens like Baby Spinach (16 calories). Then pile on your choice of 3 sides, including Roasted Sweet Potatoes (89 calories), Roasted Local Brussels Sprouts (120 calories) and Kale and Apple Salad (94 calories). Nutritional facts are available both online and in store, so you can build the perfect meal for your diet needs!
Dine in the trendy Dream Downtown at Marble Lane in your tightest dress with confidence. Choose their healthy Quinoa and Watercress Salad, featuring Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with roasted market vegetables and tortilla crisps for a crispy, fresh dinner for only 525 calories at $16 a plate.