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Ready to Make 2018 the Year You Keep Your Health Resolution? Here’s How to Eat Healthy in PDX
It’s no secret, plans to eat better and goals to get healthy are trademark New Year’s resolutions. And unfortunately, it’s also not a secret that many of these well-intentioned goals don’t survive into the next year.
There are a lot of things that inhibit people from keeping New Year’s resolutions, but 2018 is still young, so why focus on the negative? Instead, we’re here to help you from stumbling into one of the biggest roadblocks: not knowing what tools are available to help you stick with your resolution when the going gets tough. Whether you’ve resolved to go vegan, try the trending Whole30 diet, or you’re looking for health-conscious lunch options, here’s a guide to help you stay on track and eat healthy in PDX.
Vegan Delights: Where to Eat in Portland’s Trendiest Hoods
It’s Friday night, you and your partner are ready to enjoy dinner out, but your New Year’s resolution lurks in the corner, reminding you to eat healthy. Fortunately, in Portland, dining out and eating healthy aren’t mutually exclusive.
Portland consistently ranks in the country’s “Top Ten Vegan Cities in America,” according to sources including PETA, CNN, U.S. News, and HappyCow. Why? Dream of your favorite non-vegan indulgence — in Portland, you can find it made vegan. If you’re a diehard sushi fan, you can enjoy a vegan volcano sushi roll at No Bones Beach Club; if you’re nostalgic for ribs, you can indulge in tempeh ribs at Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ. And of course, at the dessert-staple, Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, you’ll find everything from vegan turtle cheesecake to biscuits and gravy.
That said, if your New Year’s resolution is to be healthy, here are a few vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in PDX that will leave you feeling great:
Veg-Friendly and Healthy Spots to Eat in Portland
And if you can’t quite kick cheese from your diet (trust us, it’s a toughie), there are plenty of other places to eat healthy in PDX that don’t scream vegan. For lunch, it’s tempting to indulge in office potlucks, or run to whichever food cart has the shortest line. But there’s a host of veggie-friendly food trucks that offer healthy choice. Here are our favorite:
Curbing Alcohol: Healthy Drink Alternatives in PDX
Whether or not you’re limiting your alcohol intake for the new year, most health-conscious diets don’t advocate for a side of beer. To help you stay on track with your healthy resolutions, change up your after-work happy hour with a healthy alternative. If you crave sweet cocktails, try a glass of kombucha from Townshend’s — the floral flavors like Love and Happiness boast the zing of a sweet cocktail without all the calories. If mood and atmosphere are important, invite a friend to Tea Bar. With multiple locations, this minimal tea location will look as good on Instagram as it does in person. And for shots? Grab an immunity boost from a juice bar like KURE.
Fortunately, for all of us trying hard to keep our health-focused New Year’s resolutions in Portland, there’s no lack of healthy restaurant options in this city. What are some of your favorites?