Here’s to health
Tulsa’s selection of restaurants and markets serving nutritious meals appears strong for 2013.
The Muscle Maker Grill at Tulsa Hills offers an entire menu devoted to healthy eating.
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If I had a dollar for every New Year’s resolution I have made (and not kept) I would have, well, a lot of dollars. Weight loss and eating healthy are almost always at the top of the list, but quite frankly, I am getting tired of giving them top billing only to be disappointed come February.
This year, I simply plan to follow in the footsteps of food literature pioneer Michael Pollan: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” Sounds manageable, right?
For those who want to start off 2013 on a healthier note, there are a couple of recently opened spots in town that specialize in healthy dishes and will, I suspect, be packed with healthy eaters come January.
The Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 by fitness enthusiast Rod Silva after he recognized a void in the marketplace for tasty, healthy meal options. His goal for the shop was to offer a nutritious alternative to fast-food restaurants. While running a smoothie store he owned in Colonia, N.J., Silva would bring in dishes he prepared for lunch and dinner. Customers asked about the food and Silva began cooking for them. His menu is focused on low-carbohydrate, high-protein dishes.
I have to admit that when I first heard of this place all I could think of was protein shakes. Located in Tulsa Hills, the Muscle Maker Grill does offer Silva’s shakes and smoothies, but it also features an entire menu devoted to nutritious eating, including healthier versions of cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, chili and loaded baked potatoes, in addition to salads and vegetarian items.
Other menu items include lean, protein-based wraps, pastas and entrees. The calorie count for each dish is listed on the menu, and fliers are available for diners who want more nutritional information.
Muscle Maker Grill: 7464 S. Olympia Ave., 918-794-6777, www.musclemakergrill.com
Market fresh. A few of our local markets also boast a hearty lineup of prepared foods ideal for a dinner shortcut or to simply stand in as the star of your meal.
Back in 1980, Whole Foods Market started with one small store in Austin, Texas. Today, it is the world leader in natural and organic foods, with more than 310 stores in North America and the U.K. A second, larger Tulsa store will open in the next few months at East 91st Street and South Yale Avenue.
Whole Foods has been ranked among the most socially responsible businesses and placed third on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Top 25 Green Power Partners.
You are most likely aware that Whole Foods specializes in organic produce, but make sure to check out its selection of prepared foods the next time you shop. The enormous case is stocked to the rim with freshly made dishes ranging from soups, salads and sandwiches to organic rotisserie chicken, savory pasta and grain dishes, and grilled meats and seafood.
The salad bar at Whole Foods is an ideal spot to stock up on ready-made ingredients to toss together for a big dinner salad, or even to add to your own pasta creation, and the bakery features locally made Farrell Family Bread.
Whole Foods Market: 1401 E. 41st St., 918-712-7555, www.wholefoodsmarket.com