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Healthy Eating & Island Cuisine Go Hand in Hand

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By now you’ve probably heard a lot of what people’s New Year’s resolutions are or maybe you have even created your own. One resolution that always seems to pop up is attempting to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, just like there are so many guilty pleasures on the island, there are also some pretty healthy spots too!

Full disclosure, I am in no means a health expert and have only recently started to eat better myself, but along my journey I have found some of the best local places that have a variety of healthier options on their menus. See below for my (subjective) list of favorite places to eat when you want something a little lighter and maybe not fried.


Fika Java & Juicery: One of my newer discoveries, Fika Java & Juicery, offers some amazing juice drinks and coffee in addition to food. All of their drinks are made to order with super fresh, locally sourced ingredients. My go-to is their “Mint To Be” pressed juice that is made from orange, cantaloupe, apple, cucumber and of course mint. If you’ve never had a juice from a juice bar, don’t be afraid, the owners and staff and incredibly friendly and help you pick out something great. You can keep up to date with what they are serving on their FaceBook page.

Farley Girls: Farley Girls is a really cute spot that features not only an extensive menu but also a large, relaxing dining area. The counter service restaurant gets very busy at lunch, in part because they are so close to UTMB, so it is definitely worth it to dine in before or after the lunch rush. Their French Chicken Salad is a personal favorite:, panko & parmesan crusted chicken breast pounded thin, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, blue cheese crumbles, served with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Their full menu is available here!

Yamato Japanese Restaurant: Depending on what roll you get, sushi is a good option when looking for something a little lighter to eat. Yamato Japanese Restaurant is fun because you can mark your sushi selections off of printed menu and hand it off to your server. They have classic rolls like California or Spicy Tuna but also offer their own specialty rolls for the more adventurous. A local favorite is the White Dragon Roll, a spicy salmon roll topped with white tuna and served with a sweet and spicy sauce. Looking for something else? Their full menu, including non-sushi, is online.

Lolo Kai Smoothies and Wraps: In addition to the obvious smoothies and wraps, Lolo Kai offers up some pretty delicious and very healthy bowls to eat all made with fresh fruits cut on a daily basis. Their very photo-friendly Maui Bowl consists of acari ?puree, apple juice, strawberries, banana, honey and coconut milk which is then topped with kiwi, strawberries, bananas, granola, honey, and coconut shaving. Check out all of their options online.
Mosquito Café:
Mosquito Café is another local favorite known for an extensive menu and welcoming environment. Their food is all homemade and ranges from hearty soups to curried ahi tuna salad. If you’re looking for a twist on a classic, try their salmon club- fresh grilled salmon filet, hickory smoked peppered bacon, balsamic onions, and red leaf lettuce served on toasted wheat bread with chipotle sauce on the side.

The good thing about most of these places? If you fall off of the New Year’s resolutions wagon they have plenty of other options too!

Article written by Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr came to call Galveston Island home by way of Massachusetts trading in her winter boots for cowboy boots. Her favorite island activities include the occasional early morning walk on the beach, grabbing a bite to eat on The Strand, and writing stories on her typewriter while overlooking Offats Bayou.