A lot of people seem to think that if you are on vacation you have to face the dreaded “vacation weight gain” when you return home.
However, if you do a little planning before you go you can make smart choices when it comes to dining at Disney.
So here are the tot five places to grab a quick and healthy lunch in Walt Disney World.
1. Columbia Harbor House
Tucked away in Liberty Square is a really great quick service restaurant called Columbia Harbor House.
While the restaurant caters mostly to typical New England fare like fried shrimp and clam chowder, it is also surprisingly has some great lighter options including the Lighthouse Sandwich (hummus tomato, broccoli slaw on toasted multigrain bread), grilled salmon with couscous and corn cobbette, and broccoli peppercorn salad.
2. Tangierine Café
Tangerine Café, located in the Morocco pavilion in EPCOT, offers a lot of different Mediterranean foods which are usually very healthy and contain a lot of fresh ingredients, healthy fats and savory spices.
Healthy choices here include the vegetarian platter( hummus, tabbouleh, lentils, falafel and marinated olives with fresh Moroccan Bread), Shawarma Chicken Platter (served with a side of Hummus, Tabbouleh, and Tangerine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread) and Tabbouleh.
3. Sunshine Seasons
Inside of The Land pavilion in EPCOT’s Future World is Sunshine Seasons, a quick service restaurant that is known for providing quick, tasty and healthy food.
Offering selections for all three major meals, some healthy options include Bircher Muesli for breakfast, Power Salad with Oak-fired Chicken, Quinoa, Almonds and Honey Vinaigrette for lunch and Sesame Crusted Tuna with Asian Vegetable Noodle Salad.
4. Harambe Market
Animal Kingdom Park is home to some of the most flavorful and unique dining experiences in the entire resort. Luckily, these places also offer many healthy options including Harambe Market located in the Africa section of the park.
Yummy and healthy options include Grilled Vegetable Stack served with Green Papya Slaw and Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Tomato Salad, Grilled Chicken Skewer (with the same sides) and Green Papaya-Carrot Slaw Side.
5. Anaheim Produce
Sometimes when it is so hot outside, like Orlando is often, I really don’t feel like eating a big meal.
Luckily, Anaheim Produce, in Hollywood Studios, offers a wide variety of lighter and healthy fare including a variety of fresh fruit, Hayden Valley Raw Energy Mix, carrot and celery sticks and whole pickles.
While eating healthy is definitely an option while you are on vacation, you need to also find that right balance between treating yourself on occasion and eating healthy. You are on vacation after all and don’t want to feel too deprived.
What is your favorite healthy lunch at Walt Disney World? Leave your answer in the comments below.