Sure, you can find all of the typical chain restaurants in Boston if you are looking for something fast to eat, but when it comes to fast-healthy, there are only a few places that do it best. Here's a look at the top five.
Luke’s Lobster is the latest newcomer to the healthy scene in Back Bay. The Maine restaurant group serves up traceable, sustainable seafood in the form of lobster, shrimp and crab rolls served with the perfect dash of lemon as well as crab claws and lobster tails. For a healthier option, try the Wild Blue Salad filled with chilled lobster tail, halved, served on a bed of crisp baby arugula, house-pickled wild Maine blueberries, shredded red cabbage, white beans, and a sprinkling of roasted sunflower seeds topped with their house made balsamic vinaigrette.
On nearby Boylston Street, Dig Inn delights with a vegetable focused menu of seasonally and locally sourced healthful bowls of food. (Think kale, curry and delicata squash; a long-grain rice bowl; or cauliflower with tahini and dates). This might be the healthiest way to literally dig into a healthy dining option.
At Bonapita in the Financial District, you will find a menu of Mediterranean specialties. Decide if you want to "plate it," "fill it" or "toss it." Try some hummus with fresh vegetables to start and order up one of their super soft pita breads to be stuffed with marinated chicken a la plancha or their infamous beef meatballs stuffed with rice, black beans or a salad. The choice is up to you.
Piperi Mediterranean Grill also knows how to prepare great Mediterranean food. Located in Downtown Crossing, start by selecting a mezze rice plate, salad or gozi flatbread sandwich then add your protein (grilled chicken, steak or roasted vegetables) and top it off with a cucumber salad, red cabbage slaw or spiced up green harissa. The mezze plate of hummus, Moroccan carrots, red cabbage slaw, roasted veggies, grilled chicken and a cucumber daikon salad is also popular.
Breakfast at The Wholy Grain in the South End is a healthy experience. Try a patriotic start with the red, white and blue breakfast of Bircher Muesli filled with oats, yogurt, apple, raisins and honey topped with blueberries, strawberries and pecans. For lunch, don't miss the Wholy Bowl, a delicious combination of brown rice, red and black beans, black olives, cilantro, guacamole topped with a spicy sauce, fresh salsa, sour cream and shredded cheddar.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.