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OKG 7 light eats for the summer


Don't let the heat weigh you down!

Jenn Scott May 23rd, 2012

Your indulgently flavored meal doesn’t have to be a splurge when it comes to counting calories. Besides, with the upcoming heat, fresh and lighter dishes are more appealing. If you’re adding in the greens, don’t assume that means you’ll be opting for blasé.



Cafe Antigua

1903 N. Classen Blvd.

602-8984

If at all possible, get the special. It’s usually a creative collaboration of regular menu items and the freshest daily ingredients. The cuisine is chiefly Guatemalan and the breakfast dishes are incredibly tasty. The mosh breakfast combo ($6.49) is a plate full of migas-style eggs, fresh fruit, toast and Guatemalan oatmeal. If you’re in a hurry, grab a smoothie ($3), particularly the chocolate banana.




The Earth Cafe & Deli

746 Asp, Norman

573-5933

“Healthy, meet Delicious. Delicious, this is Healthy.” That must have been the genesis of a delicious concept on Campus Corner in Norman. Try the Loaded Earth Coney ($7.25), a vegan hot dog on a sprouted-wheat bun, or Moon Maiden Sandwich ($3.99-$6.99), a grilled cheese on whole wheat with organic avocado and sprouts. Finish up with a vegan strawberry cupcake ($1.99).




Green & Grilled

8547 N. Rockwell

563-2605

Low on groceries but want a healthy meal? Green & Grilled offers a grilled meat or tofu plate ($7.65-$7.99) that comes with half of one of its salads, from bacon spinach to seasonal fruit, as well as a side. Sides are spinach rice, carrot rice, brown rice, steamed potatoes, corn on the cob or avocado. Grab a sugar-free brownie ($2.99) for dessert.




Cafe Kacao

3325 N. Classen Blvd.

602-2883

The menu at this Guatemalan gem has recently been redone, so what better reason to go? If you’re a red-meat-eater who’s trying to make healthier decisions, the carne asada ($10.75) is a flavorful and lean option made with thinly sliced steak with black beans, salad, grilled onions and side of the rice of the day. Don’t leave without trying the horchata ($2.25), a traditional drink served chilled.




Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine

6014 N. May

947-7788

Here, you don’t just get a delicious, Mediterranean meal: You get a show, too! Violinists from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Flamenco dancers 8:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and belly dancers 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays entertain while you enjoy a zesty appetizer, like the hummus trio ($7), which comes with red bell pepper, spinach and regular hummus, or the tabbouleh ($3). Try the side salad with house-made Greek vinaigrette ($3- $6). It’s crisp and light — perfect for a summer lunch.




Coolgreens

14201 N. May

286-9304

It’s impossible not to love the fresh options you’ll have here. Try the ahi tuna niçoise ($11) that comes with seared tuna, assorted veggies, a boiled egg and raspberry vinaigrette. Tree hugger? They’ve named a salad after you ($9), which is vegan and gluten-free. It comes with marinated tofu, edamame and some pumpkin seeds. Don’t leave without trying the dark chocolate sorbet ($2-$6), a Monday special.




Cheever’s Cafe

2409 N. Hudson

525-7007

With its comfort food with a gourmet twist, this tempting menu won’t derail all the hard work you’ve put in at the gym. Try the quinoa avocado salad ($10), fresh avocado with chilelime corn, pico de gallo, red quinoa, goat cheese and toasted almonds, all tossed in a garlic vinaigrette. Another delicious and healthy option is the grilled vegetable stack ($16) of zucchini, portobello mushrooms, bell pepper and squash. This is all on top of a jalapeño gratin.

 
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