We love to eat out, but it’s almost impossible to eat out and eat healthy, right? Wrong! There are plenty of healthy options when you go out to eat, especially at Juniper Grill. You just need to know what to look for. Elise Emanuel, JG Server by night and registered Dietician by day details the best meals for weight loss at Juniper Grill.
We took a look at the menu and found the three best meals that not only are low in calories, but rich in nutrients. They are: Chicken Romaine, Fish Tacos, and Simply Grilled Salmon.
The Chicken Romaine Salad consists of a romaine heart cut in half, brushed with extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, then kissed on the wood-fire grill to give it a smoky flavor and make the leaves tender. It’s then topped with halved grape tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese, caesar dressing, and garnished with a grilled lemon. To cut a few more calories, substitute the caesar for House or Balsamic dressing. Without the Caesar dressing, the salad is also gluten free.
One head of romaine contains 6mg of iron. It’s also rich in B-vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. A head of romaine itself is only about 16 calories.
Our Fish Tacos are two ounces of cajun-seared tilapia in each taco. They’re built on corn tortillas, brushed with spicy bang bang sauce, shredded lettuce, sour cream, fresh tomato mango salsa, and topped with scallions. Fish Tacos are served with drunken black beans and brown rice.
Tilapia is a highly beneficial seafood source. It offers a wealth of nutrients vitamins and minerals such as protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, phosphorous, potassium, and vitamin B12.
Simply Grilled Salmon is seven ounces of fresh fish brushed in extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and prepared on our wood-fire grill. The salmon is served to a nice pink medium so the dish is moist and flavorful. Simply Grilled Salmon is served with Wood-Grilled Asparagus and a chef inspired vegetable, which currently is a butternut squash. It’s garnished with a grilled lemon.
Salmon is a great source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium. It’s also a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Asparagus is a nutrient rich food: fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K are all prevalent.
Elise also recommends a few calorie-saving strategies, “ask for dressings and sauces on the side, take large portions home for another meal, and split appetizers or desserts.”