Published on January 5, 2016

Eat Light in LA with 4 Healthy Dishes

2016 is here, and with it comes a new list of resolutions. Even if healthy eating is at the top of yours, there’s no need to nix dining out. Enjoy inventive salads, light fish dishes, vegetarian entrees and fruity desserts for a sweet way to end the day.

SHAVED VEGETABLE QUINOA SALAD (THE GADARENE SWINE - STUDIO CITY)

The gadarene swine - shaved vegetable salad Photo provided by The Gadarene Swine. Photo by Yasmin Alishav.

Kickstart healthy living at The Gadarene Swine, a vegan eatery in Studio City. Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s  10-course tasting and a la carte menus feature dishes with vegetables grown on-site, like this Shaved Vegetable Quinoa Salad. The rustic, spare space of earth tones and exposed wood beams is the ideal backdrop for enjoying the healthy fare.

WHOLE ROASTED TURBO (SMYC - SANTA MONICA)

SMYC - Whole roasted turbo fish Photo provided by SMYC.

From the same team that brought Tar & Roses to the neighborhood, Santa Monica Yacht Club –– or SMYC –– offers seafood-centric small plates inspired by global flavors, including this Whole Roasted Turbo. Clean lines reminiscent of an elegant yacht fill the space, which is adorned with nautical details and timeless mid-century furniture. The outdoor patio, chic bar and communal table are the perfect spots for groups to relax before a day (or night) out on the boat.

SPICED CHICKPEAS (CROSSROADS KITCHEN - BEVERLY GROVE)

Crossroads spiced chickpeas Photo provided by Crossroads Kitchen.

Crossroads serves up Mediterranean-inspired, innovative vegan cuisine by Chef (and culinary trailblazer) Tal Ronnen. The imaginative and ever-changing menu is informed by seasonal Southern California ingredients, including healthy items like Spiced Chickpeas. A selection of custom-made libations, artisanal small-batch spirits and a thoughtfully crafted wine list complement the fare.

PERSIMMON SUNDAE (REDBIRD - DOWNTOWN) 

Redbird - persimmon sundae Photo provided by Redbird.

Redbird occupies the former rectory of the Vibiana — LA’s historic downtown cathedral— which now serves as home to the Chef Neal Fraser’s creative New American cuisine. Small plates and delicious desserts, like the Persimmon Sundae, are on offer, and can be customized into a tasting menu or a more traditional three-course meal. An outdoor courtyard dining area has a retractable roof, while the interior features a relaxed lounge space, a notable wine cellar and a near 360-degree marble bar.

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