By Mark Horning

We may as well face it. The average diet for an American citizen is not the healthiest one going. We tend to go overboard with sugar, salt, fat and most damaging carbohydrates. The reason is simple. We have convinced ourselves that food that is bad for us tastes good…so good in fact that we will sacrifice years out of lives by making unhealthy eating choices. What if we could reverse this trend and find food that is healthy as well as great tasting? A small change in eating low carb meals once or twice a week can have amazing results and possibly retrain us to eat healthy all the time. Here are a few places now offering healthy dining out alternatives.

CoreLife Eatery
17917 Southpark Center, Suite 130
Strongsville, OH
(440) 732-0633

At last, a fast food place that serves 100% healthy food. The concept is simple. You choose two bases for $5.95 (greens, broth or grain) that includes four fresh vegetables, dressing and broth then go down the line adding additional components such as cheese, more vegetables, avocado, tofu, bacon, falafel, chicken, steak or tuna which you are charged additionally. All ingredients offered are free of genetically modified organisms, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners and other artificial additives. The result is a healthy lunch or dinner that is not only good for you but tastes good as well. You can dine in at their spacious dining area or choose take-out. Phone orders are welcomed and the restaurant has plans for online orders. Located across from Southpark Mall in the Commons the eatery will be is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. This could be the start of a new wave of healthy alternatives in dining where fast food is made healthy.

Earth Bistro Café
11122 Clifton Blvd.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 201-9338

Billed simply as “A Healthy Place To Eat,” Earth Bistro Café offers Vegan and low carb alternatives with a Cuban flair. The menu features eight starters such as Vegetable Quesadilla and Vegan Chicken Wings as well as seven very healthy salads and a variety of low carb wraps. There are fourteen coffee and hot drink options to go with your meal as well as fourteen smoothie choices. Check out their new location.

Tree Hugger’s Café
1330 West Bagley Road
Berea, OH
(440) 973-4277

With such sandwiches as “Save The Dolphins” tuna wrap and Hoot Owl coffee it is no secret that Tree Hugger’s Café deeply cares about the environment and what goes into their food. The restaurant offers enough variety that will please vegan and carnivore alike. They use free range chickens and beef from cows that are not confined in stalls and their vegetables are locally sourced. Sections of the menu are named after various endangered wildlife as a gentle reminder that we need to conserve and protect what has been given to us. Choose from Vegan and low carb alternatives. The restaurant features a drive-in window as well as a pet friendly patio. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. check out their other locations in Middleburg Heights and Oberlin.

Cleveland Vegan
17112 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH
(216) 221-0201

While not all Vegan selections are strictly low carb, Cleveland Vegan has an extensive yet simple menu that you will not go hungry when ordering choices from their organic scratch kitchen cuisine. Choose one item from each of the three courses for just $20. Choose a drink from their beverage menu that includes various coffees, Superfood Lattés, milk alternatives and teas.

Phuel Café
1350 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
(216) 795-5175

Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, this plant centered eating establishment opens at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday (9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) for breakfast through lunch and dinner and closes at 8 p.m. on all days. The four page menu is chock full of healthy eating alternatives so you never get tired of eating the same thing. Order online and your food will be ready when you arrive or you can opt for carry-out.


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