Most people entered 2018 with good eating intentions.
But, in city like Pittsburgh, sometimes it can be hard to stick to a diet. With new restaurants and breweries opening every week, and traditionalists insisting we put fries our our sandwiches (and salads!), temptation is everywhere.
However, there are also plenty of places that make eating healthy(ish) not only easy, but also downright delicious.
Below are a few of our favorite healthy Pittsburgh dishes that will fill you up, tantalize your taste buds, and not completely derail your diet.
Be sure to check out each spot’s full menu for other interesting eats.
Seasonal Salad at The Vandal
The seasonal salad at The Vandal changes frequently, but it is always flavorful and filling, including fresh vegetables, fruit, tangy dressing, and plenty of farro.
Hot Food Bar at the East End Food Co-op
Fill up on a rotating selection of freshly and ethically prepared foods at the East End Food Co-op. Their hot food bar features cooked vegetables, prepared salads, plenty of protein options, and sometimes has fun themes like “taco night.”
Bone Broth Bowl at Core Life Eatery
More and more people are being turned on to the health benefits of bone broth. And, this time of year, it can also help warm you up. Core Life Eatery at The Block Northway has an entire menu of various bone broth bowls, and even sells quarts to go.
Canned Sardines at or, The Whale and Evangeline
These salty treats are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as Vitamin D. The crew at or, The Whale and Evangeline (both inside the Distrikt Hotel) have an entire menu of canned fishes from around the world. And, if you just happen to crave oysters, caviar, and champagne while you’re there, that can also be accommodated.
Smoothie Bowls at Salúd Juicery
Instagram alert – the folks at Salúd Juicery can not only whip up healthy and filling smoothie bowl, but they also transform them into a beautiful treat. With an entire menu of smoothies and pressed juices, you’re sure to find something in your palette.
Vegetable Hoagie at Bitter Ends Garden
The vegetable hoagie at Bitter End Garden is loaded up with fresh vegetables from the restaurant’s garden, smeared with pumpkin puree, and packed between slices of freshly made bread. In fact, the restaurant’s entire menu is very vegetable forward.
Vegan Waffle at The Gluten Free Goat
The Gluten Free Goat has plenty of options for gluten free eaters, but the waffle is a customer favorite. Stop by their cafe for an entire menu of gluten free treats, including donuts and cakes.
Spinach Melt at Lili Cafe
Lili Cafe is another restaurant with a rotating menu of treats, many of which are vegan and vegetarian. One interesting dish featured last year was the drool-worthy spinach melt.
Veggie Burgers at Onion Maiden
This punk rock vegan restaurant is always cooking up something unique. While customer favorites range from vegan hot dogs to curry, their various veggie burgers are not to be missed.
Roasted Pork Stir-fry at Honeygrow
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This new fast-casual spot in East Liberty prides itself on their fresh and locally sourced ingredients. From salads to stir-fry bowls, you’ll be certain to find something that interests you. Save room for dessert – they also have a “Honey Bar” featuring yogurt topped with fresh fruit, granola, coconut, and a maple drizzle.
Falafel Salad at B52 Cafe
If you’ve never been to B52 Cafe, now is the perfect time to try their Mediterranean-American fusion dishes, homemade chocolates, coffee bar, and kombucha on draft. The falafel salad is a dish not to be missed.
Drink Me Juice at Pittsburgh Juice Company
Pittsburgh Juice Company has a colorful fridge of freshly made juices that satisfy any health craving. One favorite is the bright-blue “Drink Me,” made with blue majik spirulina and cashew mylk.
What are your favorite healthy dishes in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments!