Diet Dishes for the New Year

Come January, many of us resolve to lose weigh, get more active, go to the gym, etc. Whatever your goal is for 2013, you’re more likely to succeed if you’re fueling your body with healthy and satisfying food. So, here is a list of health-conscious dishes to help you start…

Come January, many of us resolve to lose weigh, get more active, go to the gym, etc.

Whatever your goal is for 2013, you’re more likely to succeed if you’re fueling your body with healthy and satisfying food. So, here is a list of health-conscious dishes to help you start the year off right.

80th and Ivy West Coast Salad

This light salad, filled with plums, grapes, greens and candied walnuts may remind you of summer, even though that’s a few months away. Consider it more inspiration for retaining your beach body. (1127 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-6905, 80thandivy.com, @80thandIvy)

Blue Star Diner Hot Cereal

A good start to your day comes in the form of whole grain oats, flax and cane sugar, topped with pumpkin and toasted walnuts. (809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca, @bluestar_yyc)

Boxwood Cafe Pan-seared Lois Lake Steelhead Trout

Skip the steak and mashed potatoes for dinner and try this fresh trout which sits atop a warm lobster mushroom polenta with shaved fennel and kale. (340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-265-4006, boxwoodcafe.ca, @BoxwoodCalgary)

Cafe Koi Buddha Bowl

A guilt-free, but filling, coconut curry dish loaded with tons of veggies and some Koi-spiced pan-seared tofu. (1011 1 St. S.W., 403-206-1564, cafekoi.com)

Cassis Bistro Nioise Salad

Full of butter lettuce, potatoes, tuna, anchovies and eggs, this salad just goes to show that classic French fare isn’t only about the butter. (2505 17 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0036, thecassisbistro.ca, @CassisBistro)

The Coup Upstream Burger

Probably the healthiest variation of a burger you can find around town. A patty made up of cashews, yam and smoked tofu is topped with dill and garlic aioli, served on organic foccacia. (924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca, @TheCoupCalgary)

The Main Dish Cashew Crusted Salmon

Swing by this gourmet take-away shop after a long work day and pick-up some cashew- and parsley-crusted salmon steaks for a quick and easy family dinner. (903 General Ave. N.E., 403-265-3474, tmdish.com, @TheMainDish)

UNA Pizza Caesar Salad

There’s no dressing-drenched romaine leaves here. UNA’s take on the traditional caesar is lightly dressed and made with thinly sliced kale, an organic egg and crispy prosciutto. (618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, unapizzeria.com, @unacalgary)

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