Whether it is because of a New Year’s Resolution, an upcoming vacation, or just a general frustration with the way you look in the mirror, many Beaver County residents are constantly trying to make healthier choices when they find themselves heading out to eat.
Regardless of your reasons for wanting to eat healthy, eating out in Beaver County is one of the easiest ways to slip up and blow your diet. We are best known around here for large portion sizes, lots of cheese on our pizza, and deep fried everything. However, there are plenty of healthy options for eating out in Beaver County if you are looking for them.
Here are eight diet-friendly options for eating out in Beaver County:
Caprese Panino from Mario’s Woodfired Pizzeria
Mario’s Woodfired Pizzeria in Beaver is best known for their delicious pizza and pasta, which can be hard to avoid. But another thing that sticks out on the menu for diet-conscious diners is the Caprese Panino.
If you are a fan of mozzarella and tomatoes, this is a fantastic lunch or dinner option that won’t add too much to your waistline. Add a dash of the red wine vinegar at the table and this becomes one of the best salad sandwiches you have ever had.
Salmon Salad from Grand Valley Inn
The Grand Valley Inn is one of those places that every time I go there I find myself thinking that I should go there more often. That’s not just because the prices are reasonable and the food is excellent, it’s also because I generally find myself ordering one of their healthy salads.
One of the most diet-friendly options here is the Salmon Salad with their Herbal Vinaigrette dressing. There are also a number of other great salad options here that will help you stick to your diet.
Sushi from Yama
I’ve never really been much of an expert on healthy eating, but I feel like it would be nearly impossible to blow any diet on account of sushi. Over the past few years, Yama has transitioned from “that new sushi place in Beaver” to the widely recognized best sushi restaurant in Beaver County.
If you stop in for lunch, Yama offers some great specials where you can pick two or three sushi rolls along with soup or salad for a very reasonable price. They also have standard sushi and sashimi lunch specials.
Black Bean Tacos from Food Fight Truck
You have to plan ahead a bit to catch the Food Fight Truck in the right place at the right time, but that little bit of effort learning their schedule is well worth the delicious diet-friendly meals you can get from them. When I interviewed the owners, Matt and Kenda, they discussed their personal goals to provide a healthy alternative to people in Beaver County.
The cool thing about the Food Fight Truck is that you almost can’t throw off your diet eating here. If you are a real stickler, their black bean tacos are out of this world, as are their beans and rice and their quinoa salad.
Baked Chicken Salad from Bert’s Wooden Indian
One of the most popular healthy lunch options in Beaver County has to be the Baked Chicken Salad at Bert’s Wooden Indian in Beaver. Their baked chicken is available in a number of different marinades. I always go with cajun, and my mother likes hers marinated in Italian dressing.
The trick here is to order the salad without the french fries, which as you can see is tough for me to do. Either way, you have to get the house dressing.
Shish Kaballs from The Ball Joint
Looking back on it now, I think my review of The Ball Joint might have been a bit misleading for diet-conscious people. Because I wanted to try a bit of everything, I pushed my healthy eating concerns aside and stuffed myself like it was Thanksgiving Dinner. However, The Ball Joint also has plenty of great diet-friendly and even gluten free options to choose from.
Owner Bryan Fyock told me that his most popular diet-friendly item is the Shish Kaballs, which are skewers of fresh vegetables and his famous chicken balls. The chicken balls (and all of the other balls) are baked to temperature and then grilled on skewers with the vegetables and glazed with one of his homemade sauces.
The Ball Joint also offers a delicious veggie sub for those who don’t eat any meat at all.
Daily Fish Specials at Bocktown Beer & Grill
Because I work so close to the Beaver Valley Mall, Bocktown Beer & Grill is probably the restaurant I frequent the most for lunch. One of the reasons that I really like going there is that there is almost always a great fish option on their daily specials menu.
Depending on the day or week, the special might be blackened catfish or orange-balsamic glazed salmon. These specials are usually served with steamed rice and some type of vegetable, making for a really great meal that won’t overshoot your calorie goal. If you are a fan of blackened fish and chicken, Bocktown’s blackened seasoning is some of the best you will find anywhere.
Steak Salad from Tinitique
I really tried hard to keep this from being another “top salads” article and give some options that are not all salads. However, I could not possibly talk about diet-friendly options without mentioning the salads at Tinitique. I usually go for the steak salads, but they also offer a great selection of chicken and seafood salads.
Depending on your diet, you might have a different opinion on the red-skinned potatoes that top the salads at Tinitique, but everyone will agree that they provide a better option than the french fries you get on your salad at most restaurants in Beaver County.
Sticking to a diet is never going to be easy, and no one can do it perfectly. Simply attempting to make better choices when you are out can go a long way towards achieving the weight loss goals you are shooting for this year!