10Best New Orleans restaurants for healthy food

It's not true that the only vegetable in New Orleans is fried okra.  While Creole cuisine is known for its rich, buttery sauces and fried food is ubiquitous in these parts, there are plenty of chefs that recognize that visitors and locals can't consume that kind of food every day. Eat Fit NOLA, an Oschner health program founded by registered dietitian Molly Kimball, has more than 75 restaurant partners in the Greater New Orleans area, including the likes of Commander's Palace and Bourbon House in the French Quarter.  Eat Fit NOLA is also featured on menus at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Audubon Nature Institute, and Louis Armstrong International Airport. Kimball has collaborated with local restaurants to create better-for-you items right on the menu, making it effortless for anyone to eat nutritiously, anywhere in the city. With starters and desserts weighing it at 300 calories or less, and main dishes at 600, the emphasis is on amping up the flavor without adding a lot of unwanted fat. 

There has also been a surge in cafes catering to vegetarians and vegans, spots where fresh juices flow, gluten free options abound and asking for tofu instead of eggs won't raise an eyebrow.  These 10 places all deliver the goods, and there are more opening and adapting to greener pastures every day.

Breads on Oak raises the bar on bread, pastry and breakfast sammies for Uptowners on historic Oak Street. Open Wednesday through Sunday and serving breakfast and lunch, this artisinal bakery specializes in Old World style breads studded with...  Read More

Slim Goodies Diner
Photo courtesy of Jennifer

Slim Goodies Diner is a dive-y diner located in the Garden District/Irish Channel portion of Magazine Street in New Orleans. The venue has a retro feel with the old Coke signs, red leather booths and counter stools. Breakfast and brunch is the...  Read More

Casa Borrega
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

Located in a green, historical renovation of an 1891 Greek Revival home on Oretha Castle Haley, the quickly changing arts corridor in Central City, Casa Borrega is a fantastic little taco bar. Besides a great selection of margaritas, the menu...  Read More

Mona's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Harmony

Sometimes a body can't eat one more fried pickle or butter sauced piece of fish. This no frills Mediterranean eatery on Frenchmen Street is an oasis of fresh Greek salad, grilled kebabs and creamy hummus. Vegetarians can find plenty to munch on,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Romel Sanchez

The food is so pretty at this at this airy restaurant dedicated to vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free dishes you may be tempted to eat your plate. Local, sustainable ingredients power a menu with a surprising number of New Orleans...  Read More

Arana Taqueria Y Cantina
Photo courtesy of Katie Sikora Photography

Arana Taqueria y Cantina, home to local chef Richard Papier, is a popular Magazine Street specializing in flavorfuil Mexican cuisine. The name, which means spider in Spanish, is a nod to the chef's longtime nickname. Look for slow braised pork,...  Read More

Johnny Sánchez
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

The Mexican love child of local uber chef John Besh and Food Network wunderkind Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez is the best thing to happen to Poydras Street since Sculpture for New Orleans. A place that gives the option of roasted grasshoppers...  Read More

French Quarter
Green Goddess
Photo courtesy of Jennifer

There are plenty of tasty vegan and vegetarian options at this funky little spot powered by creative chef Paul Artigues. Expect a wait, as reservations aren't an option for one of the coveted 14 seats that literally spill out onto the alley in...  Read More

Satsuma Cafe
Photo courtesy of Bertholf

Green is beautiful at Satsuma, a fetching dining spot situated on Dauphine Street in Bywater and on Maple Street Uptown. Yard eggs scrambled with basil pesto and shaved Nueske's ham, free trade coffee and freshly made juices concocted in their...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

Carmo is a breath of fresh air in a city full of rich and decadent food. From its tropical vibe and art gallery setting to its menu of fresh, raw, light and tasty dishes, Carmo delivers on all counts. The first restaurant in Louisiana certified...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×