Happy Healthy Thanksgivukkah!

I don’t know how it happened, but apparently, the holiday season is upon us again!  This is truly a magical time of the year, as the City decorates itself with dazzling lights and shiny displays.  It’s also a time for a lot of good eats.  Here are a few healthy suggestions:

If you’re looking for a restaurant meal – try Spring Street Natural

Founded in 1973, Spring Street Natural became a neighborhood fixture for its fresh healthy food at affordable prices.  Thanksgiving Pre Fixe includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $45.  Al a carte also available.  Thanksgiving dinner will be served 1pm to 10:30pm – Reservation recommended.  This is a particular good choice if there is a vegetarian in your dinner party, as there are plenty of vegetarian / vegan options on the Thanksgiving menu.  On the menu is also a herb-roasted dry-rubbed free-roaming turkey for the traditionalists.  For everyone else, there is the lamb shank, the sea scallop, the herb and goat cheese stuffed mushroom, and much more.  For more information, visit http://www.springstreetnatural.com.

If you’re looking for a take-out / delivery option – try Dig Inn Seasonal Market

Turkey Dinner - side view - instagram 1000Dig Inn’s mission is to make it easier to eat well.  With locations around the City, Dig Inn offers New Yorker home cooking without actually cooking at our tiny kitchens.  Two packages are available for delivery on Thanksgiving.  Menu features roasted turkey naturally and humanely raised in PA, stuffing (made with hand-cut bread from Balthzar baked with black currant & fresh sage, NY apples, etc.), sweet potato casserole with local sweet potatoes from NJ and Vermont maple syrup, cranberry apple slaw, house-made cranberry sauce, house-made gravy, and more.  Orders accepted till 3pm Friday 11/22.  Delivery available in Manhattan south of 125th street (delivery charges applies).  Small package serves 6-8 costs $185 (+ tax & delivery).  Large packages serves 12-16 costs $360 (+ tax & delivery).  For a plate of this Thanksgiving special (Calories: 894 – Allergens: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts (Walnuts & Peanuts)) is also available through 11/27 in select locations.  For more information, check out Dig Inn’s blog post (http://bit.ly/17qyRwZ).

If you’re looking to cook – well, I can’t say I can help you there.  I’ve always been much better at eating than cooking.

If you’re looking for something healthy in between the numerous holiday parties – try Chopt

100Chopt’s philosophy is Better Tastes Better.  Chopt has been on the forefront of the health food movement for the past ten years.  The latest seasonal special brings vegan yumminess to the forefront.  The Berkeley Harvest salad features lemon pepper tempeh (a soy based product that tastes rich and nutty), roasted local kabocha squash (aka Japanese pumpkin), quinoa, fresh beet, and Meyer Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette.  This 100% plant-based salad is 100% tasty.  I had the opportunity to chat with Executive Chef Aneesha Hargrave.  While she created this salad for vegans, it’s meant for everyone.  She pulls many culinary tricks to ensure that no tastes is sacrificed in her vegan creations.  She gets her inspiration from everywhere – from food trucks to five star restaurants.  She translates everything she tastes into creative salads.  Look for more vegan options in the coming months at Chopt.  But then again, you can always walk into any Chopt and create your own perfect combination, vegan or otherwise.   For locations, visit http://choptsalad.com