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.