January is here, which means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. It’s not our fault that the cold winter months have us craving comfort food (hello, #sweaterweather), but luckily there is a way to stay on track without sacrificing delicious dishes. We’ve rounded up a few healthier alternatives to some of your favorite foods to try in our restaurants so you can indulge guilt-free this year.

Looking for some gluten-free carryout and delivery options near you? Click here for our guide.

These restaurants have great vegetarian and vegan carryout and delivery dishes, click here.


  1. Instead of hearty red meat, opt for the Turkey “Neatloaf” at Beatrix

Beatrix Turkey Neatloaf

The restaurant was built on the notion of “healthy meets delicious” so it’s no surprise that Beatrix has crafted up healthier alternatives to this savory comfort food: meatloaf. Try the Turkey, Sweet Potato and Greens Neatloaf with braised kale and vegetable gravy. Packed with lean meat and healthy greens, this cold-weather comfort is full of flavor and a great way to fuel up. Order carryout or delivery from the Beatrix location nearest you. 

Make a reservation at Beatrix – River North
Make a reservation at Beatrix – Streeterville
Make a reservation at Beatrix – Fulton Market
Make a reservation at Beatrix – Oak Brook


2. Instead of pizza, opt for Cauliflower Crust Pizza at Pizzeria Portofino or Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza

Did you know that all of Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza’s and Pizzeria Portofino’s pizzas can be made gluten-free upon request with a cauliflower crust?

cauliflower pizzas at pizzeria portofino

Order carryout or delivery from Pizzeria Portofino, or make a reservation on the heated patio. 

Order carryout or delivery from Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza.


3. Instead of rice-packed maki rolls, opt for the “Hold the Rice” section at Sushi-San

Cucumber wrapped sushi from sushi san

When that sushi craving calls, you’ve got to answer! At Sushi-San, check out the “Hold the Rice” section and enjoy signature maki rolls, sans the rice. The Zuke Salmon and Lobster Goddess rolls come wrapped in fresh cucumber, and if you want to wash it all down with some sake, we won’t tell.

Make a reservation at Sushi-San on the heated patio.  Order carryout or delivery from Sushi-San.


4. Instead of an indulgent burger, opt for a “Salad-Style” Impossible Burger at M Burger

Impossible Burger Salad Style at M Burger

The feel and flavor of a burger with NO meat… say WHAT?! M Burger introduced the Impossible Burger to Chicago giving vegetarians and vegans a seat at the burger table. Whether you’re doing Meatless Mondays or just trying to limit your meat intake, the Impossible Burger is a great alternative. Go one step further and make it Salad-Style to get your sandwich wrapped in lettuce for an even lighter option.

Find the M Burger location nearest you.


5.  Instead of ice cream, opt for the Frozen Greek Yogurt at Aba – Austin

Frozen Greek Yogurt from Rotisserie Ema

Don’t forget dessert! Sweets can be the hardest temptation to resist when setting dietary resolutions, but Aba’s Frozen Greek Yogurt packs all the flavor with less guilt. This indulgent dessert is drizzled in olive oil and topped with a bit of sea salt for a creamy cap to any meal.

Make a reservation at Aba – Austin.


6. Instead of rice, opt for a “riced” veggie option like the Teriyaki-Glazed Fresh Atlantic Salmon & Cauliflower “Fried Rice” at Big Bowl

Salmon with Cauliflower Fried Rice at Big Bowl

For the carb-conscious diners, all Big Bowl locations now offer steamed cauliflower rice as a substitute for $1 with any main dish! Find the Big Bowl nearest you and order carryout or delivery.


7. Instead of a creamy soup, try Coastal Soup’s Lemon Chicken Soup with pearl couscous and fresh herbs

Lemon Chicken Soup with pearl couscous, herbs;

Looking for a hearty soup sans the cream?  The team behind Summer House Santa Monica in Chicago recently launched Coastal Soups, a delivery and carryout only soup concept dishing out a variety of housemade soups including vegan and gluten free options. 

Place your order for Coastal Soups.


8. For a healthier game day alternative, nosh on Hub 51’s Grilled Spicy Wings.

Hub 51's grilled spicy wings

Make your game day spread a little bit healthier with Hub 51’s Grilled Spicy Wings! These tender wings are available on the all-season heated patio or for carryout and delivery.

Make a reservation at Hub 51.  Order carryout or delivery from Hub 51.


Now that you’re in the know about these dishes, we hope we’ve helped to guide you in ordering just a little bit healthier next time you dine out or order carryout!

If you’re looking to sip on delicious drinks sans the alcohol, here are a few of our favorite mocktails, plus recipes for making zero-proof cocktails at home!