5 Ways To…Dine Out Healthier in 2021

Hungry but trying to stay healthy? These restaurants have the answer to satisfy both cravings.
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Now that the first full week of 2021 has passed, we have one burning question: How are your resolutions going so far? After a long season of delicious dinners and sweet treats, returning to an oh-so-healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise might be easier said than done (especially if you have a lot of leftover chocolates in the house). Well, we’re here to help.

After you’ve completed a workout at the gym or finished a long run or hike, don’t negate the calorie burn with an overstuffed burrito or fried chicken sandwich. Instead, refuel with something nutritious from restaurants like Green Fusion in Ridgewood or Veggie Heaven in Teaneck, two of Bergen’s established healthy dining options. But if you want to try something new this year, head to one of the below eateries, each of which recently opened with the mission of offering something healthy to satisfying your hunger.

  • Cap Diner in Hackensack. Sure, you want to be healthy, but you’re not giving up diners yet—you’re a Jerseyan after all. You’re in luck: This new diner uses all locally sourced ingredients for its dishes, which include diner classics like omelets, burgers and sandwiches. 240 Main St., Hackensack, 201.580.3700.
  • Chopt Creative Salad Co. in Montvale. This chain specializes in all things salad, using ethically sourced ingredients in each of their options like the Avoketo Chicken Club salad and Moroccan Market Bowl. Or, customers can choose their own ingredients to build the perfect salad. 52 Farm View, Montvale, 551.308.1100.
  • Fudgarten in Fort Lee. Bring your workout buddy to this fast casual eatery for a muscle-building protein shake or fresh bowl with free-range chicken or wild-caught seafood. But don’t sleep on the sandwiches: Paninis can be served on whole wheat or multi-grain, and burgers are made with grass-fed beef and served with baked sweet potato fries. 1636 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee, 201.878.3415.
  • Green Joy in Oradell. With more than two dozen bowl, salad and smoothie options, it’s easy to see where this eatery gets its slogan, “Where healthy food becomes finger-licking good!” For those re-energizing after a long run, sandwiches and made-to-order shepherd’s pies with locally sourced ingredients will do the trick. 385 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, 201.483.7560.
  • PlantShed in Englewood. They’re known for selling a large selection of plants and flowers, but this NYC original is also a wellness-based café with assorted black, green, herbal and matcha teas as well as kombucha on tap. Those looking for a quick bite can opt for gluten-free and vegan friendly breads and muffins. 47 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood, 212.662.4400
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