Welcome to The Short List. Each week we'll pick a topic and share our favorite — or, in some cases, maybe our least favorite — things about the Bay area.
It's a new year, and that means millions of people are enthusiastically marching into the future with resolutions to eat healthier food this time around.
It's easier said than done. But that doesn't mean it's impossible. If you know the right places to go, you can eat very well without blowing that resolution by mid-January. Here are our five favorite places to eat healthy:
Bamboozle Café, 516 N. Tampa St. — This Vietnamese restaurant stands out with its array of fresh and flavorful ingredients. Pick your favorites as they assemble an order of Bamboozle rolls just for you. Choices include prawns, grilled lemongrass beef, jicama, jackfruit, bean sprouts and more. Vegans and those who follow a gluten-free diet will find a lot of options here.
FitLife Foods, multiple locations — FitLife offers healthy pre-made meals for busy professionals. Check out the FitLife Challenge, which provides you breakfast, lunch and dinner and a consultation with a wellness coach. Of course, you also can stop in and grab a meal to go at any time. More at www.eatfitlifefoods.com
Evos, multiple locations — Evos prides itself on healthy fast food with an emphasis on low-fat, organic and naturally raised ingredients. The fries are "air-baked" and contain 50 to 70 percent less fat than regular fries. Must-try items include the Crispy Thai Chicken Wrap and Original Steakburger. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
Loving Hut, 1905 E. Fletcher Ave. — Set back off Fletcher Avenue's five-lane chaos, the pristine vegan restaurant belies its surroundings with its delightful cuisine. Imitation-meat dishes such as the Noble Philly Sub and the Vegan Ball Spaghetti taste as good in their own right. Vegetarian dishes such as Savory Eggplant make this vegan chain a welcome franchise in Tampa.
Seasons 52, 204 N. West Shore Blvd. —The vaulted ceilings, tastefully decorated dining room and extensive wine list at Seasons 52 makes the restaurant worthy of date night. The kitchen caters to diners concerned with their waistlines. Every dish on the menu is less than 475 calories, without sacrificing taste or portion size. The menu is constantly changing, but dessert is a must. Their signature "mini indulgences" such as carrot cake and pecan pie are served in oversized shot glasses.