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.

  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.

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2. Instead of pizza, opt for Cauliflower Crust Pizza at Wildfire or Pizzeria Portofino

cauliflower crust pizza at wildfire

The food that late night eating dreams are made of: pizza, of course. Cut the carbs and opt for cauliflower crust pizza at Wildfire. This new menu item is available at all Wildfire locations and can be ordered with a variety of toppings including Smoked Chicken & Wild Mushroom , or a classic like the Fresh Mozzarella with fresh tomatoes and basil.

Find a Wildfire near you and make a reservation.

If you’re not ready to give up carbs completely, check out Stella Barra’s thin sin pizzas. They are made with a light, crispy crust that is just as satisfying as the real thing. 

Did you know that all of Pizzeria Portofino’s pizzas can be made gluten-free upon request with a cauliflower crust from Venice Bakery?

cauliflower pizzas at pizzeria portofino

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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 Yuzu Crab rolls come wrapped in fresh cucumber, and if you want to wash it all down with some sake, we won’t tell.

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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.

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5.  Instead of ice cream, opt for the Frozen Greek Yogurt at EmaRotisserie Ema and Aba 

Frozen Greek Yogurt from Rotisserie Ema

Don’t forget dessert! Sweets can be the hardest temptation to resist when setting dietary resolutions, but Ema’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.

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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 make a reservation.

7. Instead of a cheesy Onion Soup Au Gratin, try Mon Ami Gabi’s Vegan Onion Soup

Vegan Onion Soup at Mon Ami Gabi

Looking for a hearty soup sans the cream? Mon Ami Gabi recently debuted a vegan menu which includes a Vegan Onion Soup made with onions lentils and almond milk creamed onions, so you can enjoy this traditional bistro soup with no cream or butter.

The vegan menu is available at all Mon Ami Gabi locations (except for Reston). Make a reservation at the Mon Ami Gabi location nearest you.

8. Try Beatrix’s signature Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs instead of Eggs Benedict

Beatrix Brunch- Quinoa Cakes

Available for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch, the Quinoa Cakes are slathered in a housemade tomato sauce and topped with poached eggs so you still can get your runny egg porn for the ‘gram.

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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!

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!

In the mood for a salad? Here are a few of our favorite salads to try in the restaurants.