It can be hard enough to stick to your healthy lifestyle choices in your day to day life. When you go on vacation, it can seem downright impossible to find ways to eat healthy! Walt Disney World is full of seemingly endless temptations, from character treats to tempting on-the-go fried food to delicious multi-course meals that can pack on the pounds. But don’t despair! There are healthy options available at WDW for those who seek them out – and to make it easier, here are some of our favorites.
1. Salmon with Cheesy Grits and Andouille-Corn Succotash
Sunshine Seasons at Epcot is a great go-to when you’re trying to find a healthy meal. This counter service location features produce grown right on site, and it has plenty of options for those with dietary restrictions. Our choice is the Oak-grilled Salmon with Cheesy Grits and Andouille-Corn Succotash, which is so delicious you won’t believe it’s good for you.
2. Spicy Beef and Chicken Fajitas
Who doesn’t enjoy fajitas? You can make these beauties as healthy as you want by controlling the amount of meat and toppings you add to them, but no matter how you eat them, you’ll enjoy the Fajita Platter at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café. They include spicy beef and chicken, along with rice, veggies, beans and flour tortillas. You can of course help yourself to the toppings bar, if you’re looking for more delicious additions to your fajitas.
3. Spiced Chickpea Falafel and Whole-Fried Sustainable Fish
Your meal becomes an international adventure at Animal Kingdom’s Tiffins Restaurant. We’d recommend starting your meal with the Spiced Chickpea Falafel appetizer, with its appealing cumin-garlic yogurt sauce and mint-pistachio pesto. If you’re still hungry, opt for the Whole-Fried Sustainable Fish, which comes with peanuts, Thai green papaya slaw, and fermented black bean sauce. The world comes to you at Tiffins!
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4. Grilled Circle Half Chicken
Even if you’re not staying at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, it’s worth making the trip to dine at California Grill. You’ll find a variety of healthy options here, including the Grilled Circle Half Chicken, which is sure to hit the spot. It’s accompanied by sweet potatoes, fried Brussels sprouts, soft egg, smoked bacon, and citrus glaze. For the ultimate dining experience, snag a table near the window and enjoy a view of the fireworks during your dinner!
5. Vegetable Quiche
Dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant is always a highlight of our Walt Disney World vacation. And this is a surprisingly waistline-friendly dining locale, as well as being incredibly themed. We’ve eaten here for all three meals of the day at one time or another, and there are numerous healthy choices at each. Our choice is the Vegetable Quiche, full of hearty zucchini, mushrooms, onions, chives and peppers, which you can enjoy for breakfast or for lunch. When you order this as your breakfast, you’ll also enjoy fresh fruit with your meal. Just ignore – or share – the variety of pastries that accompany it, and you’ll start your day with a perfectly healthy meal!
6. Edamame and Dragon Monster Roll
We’ve discovered plenty of excellent places for sushi in Walt Disney World. One of these is the table service restaurant Tokyo Dining, located in the Japanese pavilion at Epcot. Sure, sushi is the main attraction here, but we’d recommend starting your meal here with an appetizer: Edamame, or young soy bean pods. They’re as yummy as they are healthy! Next, move on to your choice of sushi. Our pick? The Dragon Monster Roll, featuring cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, eel, smelt roe and dynamite sauce.
7. Seven Layer Rice Bowl with Grilled Chicken or Vegan Chili
If you’re in Hollywood Studios and want to make sure your diet stays on track, head to Fairfax Fare. Whether you’re a vegan or a carnivore, there’s a healthy option for you here! Opt for the 7-Layer Rice Bowl, which you can get with either grilled chicken or vegan chili. Either way, it is served on cilantro rice, fire-roasted corn, pico de gallo, and black beans, with sour cream and cheddar.
8. Grilled Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Cranberries
We tend to avoid putting salad on healthy eating lists, because if you’re watching what you eat, you’ve probably eaten more than your share of restaurant salad. But the Grilled Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Cranberries at Restaurantosaurus is worth a look! We love the combination of pecans, feta cheese, dried cranberries and mandarin oranges. This fruity, healthy salad is accompanied by raspberry-walnut vinaigrette, and it’s a light yet filling way to enjoy your lunch at Animal Kingdom.