New year, new you? Millions will make resolutions this month, and health-oriented aspirations often top the lists.
If you’re among those goal-setters, you’re in luck — Philly has an array of healthful dining options. Owners of five of them — all known for healthy eats — dish on their favorite menu items.
1706 Locust St.; 215-985-1706, puresweets.com
Owner Andrea Kyan’s top pick: Organic Burmese Chickpea Curry with sautéed lacinato kale and heirloom brown rice, $13.
“I always feel nourished with a warm hug when I enjoy the Burmese chickpea curry," Kyan said. "It’s based off my mom’s recipe, which she often made for me when I became vegetarian at 13 years old. I became vegan at 30. Every Burmese household has their version of a bean dish, and this one represents ours — quick, easy, yet satisfying.”
1410 Mount Vernon St.; 215-660-9600, greensoulliving.com
Co-owner Robert Bynum’s top pick: Cajun salmon BLT, $12.
“It’s a nice, thick piece of salmon sprinkled with a house-made blend of jerk spices, served on a brioche bun with thick-sliced turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and spicy rémoulade," Bynum said. "The slightly sweet bun is a good foil to the Cajun spiciness. I like to add a side order of the carrot and parsnip fries.”
1701 Arch St.; 267-519-0949, animojuice.com
Cofounder Anthony Gentlesk’s top pick: Harvest veggie kale salad, which has kale, roasted sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and balsamic dressing, $9.
“I’ve been stuck in a rut with this salad for over a year now," Gentlesk said. "We first introduced it as a seasonal salad, but I made my sister, Maria, add it to the permanent menu this past spring — I eat it a few times each week. The combination of flavors is really addictive, and it makes me feel great afterward. I usually add some red bell peppers and roasted chickpeas to it.”
Multiple locations; honeygrow.com
Owner Justin Rosenberg’s top pick: Create your own stir-fry. He selects whole-wheat noodles, onion, pepper, pineapple, parsley, sesame seeds, and spicy garlic sauce, which includes Korean chili paste, roasted garlic, ginger, tomato, honey, salt, and pepper, $8.95.
“I love this dish because it’s plant-based, and I’m getting a mix of warm, whole grains and a bunch of vegetables. The sauce has some kick and savoriness, and the dish is balanced out with sweetness by the pineapple. It’s a lighter stir-fry yet keeps my energy levels going throughout the day,” Rosenberg says.
Multiple locations; realfoodeatery.com
Co-owner Mike Mangold’s top picks: Mom’s meatballs with Parmesan roasted broccoli and avocado half with extra-virgin olive oil and everything bagel spice, $11.45.
“They’re probably the most nutrient-dense meatballs known to man," Mangold said. "I’ve never stumbled upon an Italian-style meatball that is devoid of traditional bread crumbs and doesn’t come at the sacrifice of taste. It was a feat for us to land on the final recipe. There have literally been more than a dozen iterations, striving to keep ideal moisture and flavor while adhering to our gluten-free tenets.”
Of the broccoli: “This is probably the one item on the menu that both co-owner John and I have eaten literally every day since opening. When you roast properly seasoned, fresh broccoli to perfection, there is no vegetable that compares to it.”