Soon enough, there will be days dedicated to shopping, where the food court reigns supreme, not to mention nonstop holiday parties with the ever-flowing eggnog. And, of course, there’s Thanksgiving, when gluttony wrestles you into a state of lazy caloric bliss. But before we slip into these sugar-coated holiday habits, we want to remind you of a few of Philly’s best healthy dining options.
Green Soul This place just opened last week in Chestnut Hill, and it’s already eliciting excited reactions. Armed with the tagline “the bridge to better eating,” Green Soul offers deceptively healthy options, like filling smoothies, satisfying sandwiches and hearty soups and chili that are secretly good for you. As a bonus, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients that are free of artificial pesticides. 7169 Ogontz Ave., 215-924-4200, www.greensoulliving.com
Vedge “'You are what you eat' is such simple but honest and helpful advice,” says Rich Landau, who owns Vedge with his wife, Kate Jacoby. The two have built a huge following with their beloved restaurant. The greatest trick, perhaps, is that carnivores also love this mostly vegan, entirely vegetarian place, too. With all the calories you’re cutting by ordering the portabella carpaccio or the eggplant braciole, you can feel free to indulge in one of their devilish cocktails. 1221 Locust St., 215-320-7500, www.vedgerestaurant.com
Fuel One of the most overlooked advantages to this calorie-conscious establishment is that there are several locations. That means that when you’re running around all day and need something quick – or if you want to have a healthier lunch while you’re at work – Fuel is your spot. They’ve got great lunch options and combos, but the current shining star is the Thanksgiving sandwich. We’re not going to name names here, but we feel a lot better eating this concoction than downing a similar, fattier version from one of our favorite convenience stores. 1917 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-468-3835 1225 Walnut St., 215-922-3835 1650 Arch St., 215-567-3835 www.fuelphilly.com