1903 N. Classen Blvd.
If at all possible, get the special. It’s usually a creative collaboration of regular menu items and the day’s freshest ingredients. The cuisine is chiefly Guatemalan and the breakfast dishes are incredibly tasty. Expect migas-style eggs, fresh fruit, toast and Guatemalan oatmeal. If you’re in a hurry, grab a smoothie, particularly the chocolate banana.
The Earth Cafe & Deli
750 Asp, Norman
“Healthy, meet Delicious. Delicious, this is Healthy.” That must have been the genesis of this concept on Campus Corner in Norman. Try the Loaded Earth Coney, a vegan hot dog on a sprouted-wheat bun, or the Moon Maiden, a grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat with organic avocado and sprouts. Finish up with a vegan strawberry cupcake.
Green & Grilled
8547 N. Rockwell
Low on groceries but want a healthy meal? Green & Grilled offers a grilled meat or tofu plate that comes with a half-salad of your choice (try bacon spinach or 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 for dessert.
3325 N. Classen Blvd.
The menu at this Latin-cuisine gem frequently updates, so there’s always a new reason to go. If you’re a red-meat eater trying to make healthier decisions, the carne asada is a lean and flavorful option made with thinly sliced steak with black beans, salad, grilled onions and a side of the rice of the day. Don’t leave without trying the horchata, a traditional rice drink served chilled.
Zorba’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar
6014 N. May
Spanakopita! Tiropita! No, those aren’t typos. In fact, they’re traditional appetizers that involve phyllo dough, spinach and feta cheese. Pair it with some dolma (grape leaves wrapped around basmati rice) and hummus, and you’ve nearly got a meal just from the appetizers menu. For dinner, splurge on the pomegranate salmon with Jerusalem couscous and veggies.
14201 N. May
It’s impossible not to love the fresh options you find here. Try the ahi tuna niçoise that comes with seared tuna, assorted veggies, a boiled egg and raspberry vinaigrette. Are you a tree hugger?
If so, the eatery has named a salad — which is vegan and gluten-free — in your honor. It comes with marinated tofu, edamame and some pumpkin seeds.
2409 N. Hudson
Comfort food with a gourmet twist, its tempting menu won’t derail all the hard work you’re about to put in at the gym. Try the quinoa avocado salad: fresh avocado with chile-lime corn, pico de gallo, red quinoa, goat cheese and toasted almonds, all tossed in a garlic vinaigrette. Another delicious, healthy option is the grilled vegetable stack of zucchini, portobello mushrooms, bell pepper and squash.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock