Healthy Cafés

It’s the New Year and a new you. Start on your path to healthier eating by choosing to visit health-oriented cafés for lunch when you dine out. The following recommendations will ensure you’ll be eating nutrient-rich food to help you reach your goal for a better, stronger, healthier you.

Hillary Davis is the author of “Cuisine Niçoise: Sun-kissed Cooking from the French Riviera” and “French Comfort Food.”

Pictured is the salad bar at Whole Foods in Nashua.

What and Where Description Tip
Black Forest Ham & Roasted Apple Sandwich at Nature’s Green Grocer Café
374 Union St.
West Peterborough
(603) 924-2233
Like all their organic, handcrafted sandwiches, this one is offered on Orchard Hill Breadworks bread. It’s dressed with Dijon aioli then piled high with Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, house-roasted apples, roasted red onions and lettuce. You can buy kombucha tea by the half-gallon jug or glass in the adjoining natural food market. Pick from three or more flavors.
The Turkey Special at Dover Natural Marketplace & Café
7 Chestnut St., Dover
(603) 749-9999
You’ll love the crunch from the potato chips inside this sandwich that’s filled with sliced turkey, shredded carrots, black olives, lettuce then smeared with honey mustard. The café is located within a health food store and offers smoothies, homemade soups, sandwiches, vegan pizza, vegan burritos and vegetarian desserts. There’s also kombucha on tap. Try the watermelon one. It’s delicious.
 Green Submarine at The Maia Papaya
2161 Main St.
(603) 869-9900
This vegetarian restaurant, so popular at breakfast time, also serves lunch items, including soups, salads, smoothies, sandwiches and desserts. The Green Submarine is loaded with homemade hummus or spinach pesto, carrots, tomatoes, mixed greens, roasted red peppers, feta cheese and sunflower seeds. Try their Almond Joy latte for an after-lunch treat.
Caprese Panini at Zeppelin & Kaleidoscope
174 Main St.
(603) 876-3441
 Superb grilled sandwich made with fresh tomatoes, house-made pesto cream cheese and mozzarella. Vegetarian soups, salads and there’s even a natural products market. They make coffee ice cubes for no dilution in their iced organic coffee.
 Salad Bar at the Whole Foods Market Café
255 Amherst St.
(603) 318-7550
You’ll love your veggies at the salad bar that boasts falafel and tofu and a myriad of interesting salad and vegetarian selections as well as healthy dressings, grated cheeses and seeds to accompany. They also have an in-house pub serving 32 beers on tap as well as beer flights. A new Bedford location will open this spring.