OKG Eat: Healthier alternatives

The new year is here, you’re struggling to make it past this first week of resolutions and eating better tops the list. Here are healthy alternatives that’ll make keeping those personal promises a little bit easier on the taste buds.

— by Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

Local (Mark Hancock)

Local (Mark Hancock)

Local

2262 W. Main St., Norman

eatatlocal.com

928-5600

Norman’s Local continues to win palates not only for its farm-to-fork freshness but also for the creative and tasty ways it crafts meals to make them both healthy for you and for the environment. The Farmer’s Market salad is the perfect example, with locally sourced vegetables, mixed greens and herbed goat cheese. A seasonal favorite is the kale Caesar salad, especially when paired with one of Local’s wines.

La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen (Oklahoma Gazette / file)

La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen (Oklahoma Gazette / file)

La Brasa Peruvian Kitchen

1310 NW 25th St.

labrasaokc.com

524-2251

No one brings the taste of the tropics home quite like La Brasa with its diverse selection of ceviches. La Brasa puts its own spin on the classics, from the Ceviche Leche de Tigre, containing an “aphrodisiac ceviche sauce” with lime juice, onions and chiles, to the Ceviche Mixto, a unique seafood mix with sweet potatoes, avocado and Peruvian rocoto chiles.

Tiffany Magness, owner of Green Goodies, adjusts her cupcakes at Classen Curve.  (Mark Hancock)

Tiffany Magness, owner of Green Goodies, adjusts her cupcakes at Classen Curve. (Mark Hancock)

Green Goodies

5840 N. Classen Blvd. No. 5

greengoodiesokc.com

842-2288

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating boring. Case in point: the plethora of good-for-you cupcakes at Green Goodies. Preservative-free and with no trans fats, cupcakes include sugar-free options such as the Happy Birthday Chocolate and Sopapilla Cheesecake and gluten-free choices like the Banana Pudding or Coconut Cream Cheese. Order a dozen without shame. Sharing is optional.

Green & Grilled (Mark Hancock)

Green & Grilled (Mark Hancock)

Green & Grilled

8547 N. Rockwell Ave.

greenandgrilled.com

563-2605

Green & Grilled’s high-quality, healthy eating served in a fast and casual atmosphere is unique to OKC’s food scene. With a selection of grilled meats and tofu designed to perfectly complement salads such as the apple spinach or the sauteed seasonal veggies, it offers meals guaranteed to fill anyone up without the guilt — so much so that perhaps a slice of its pineapple zucchini cake for dessert wouldn’t be out of the question.

Saturn Grill (Mark Hancock)

Saturn Grill (Mark Hancock)

Saturn Grill

6432 Avondale Drive

saturngrill.com

843-7114

Saturn Grill is a lunchtime hotspot, and patrons clamor for its healthy sandwich offerings like the Seared Caribbean Jerk Chicken, portabella mushroom or the grilled veggie. Ask for the No. 57. It’s a half sandwich with a soup or salad, such as Saturn’s mixed green salad with goat cheese topped with herbed vinaigrette or the seasonal fresh fruit and spinach salad with lime poppy seed dressing.

Coolgreens (Mark Hancock)

Coolgreens (Mark Hancock)

Coolgreens

6475 Avondale Drive

coolgreens.com

841-2665

Coolgreens is passionate about its ingredients and it shows. Everything is prepared fresh daily by executive chef Trey Ferguson, who makes low-fat and low-calorie options. The Southwest Spicy salad has south-of-the-border flair. Its companion piece, the chipotle ranch salad or wrap, gussies things up for those who love the tangy topping.

Basil Mediterranean Restaurant (Mark Hancock)

Basil Mediterranean Restaurant (Mark Hancock)

Basil Mediterranean Restaurant

211 NW 23rd St.

basilmediterraneanrestaurant.com

602-3030

The scent of Basil is intoxicating. Fresh spices and ingredients work together to form a fresh, healthy and, most importantly, authentic Mediterranean meal. The smell of the saffron on the tender chicken shish-kabob, the marinating rosemary on the beef shish-kabob or the fresh garlic sauce on the chicken Bandarri are all tantalizing travelogues for the senses. It’s impossible not to shout “Opa!” before walking out the door.

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Louis Fowler

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