Dining out usually means cheating on your low carb, reduced fat or dairy free diet. No matter your lifestyle, it’s hard to stay on a strict eating plan while at a restaurant with friends. Temptations from fried appetizers to sugary cocktails are inescapable in New York City.
So, what’s a girl to do when she wants a delicious meal that won’t undo the hard work she put in at the gym? Make reservations for lunch or dinner at Siro’s Restaurant in Midtown for a taste of the newly created Joy Bauer’s Healthy Menu for low calorie and veggie packed plates.
I had the pleasure of meeting Joy Bauer, of Today Show fame, almost two years ago at a blogger lunch for the launch of her book, Food Cure’s. While my mom quickly nabbed her healthy guide from my bookshelf, I personally find Joy to be a daily inspiration both on daytime television and social media, as she’s known to share recipes and healthy tips and tricks for your own kitchen.
With a fellow “lady who lunches”, Sarah Spigelman, I was treated to this well-balanced meal at Siro’s. Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta Trio was a standout plate, perfect for sharing. A grilled whole wheat crostini is topped with red onion, fresh sage, whipped skim milk ricotta and roasted butternut squash then finished with E.V.O.O. for only 315 calories!
Craving Italian comfort food? Grilled Chicken Parmesan is topped with part skim mozzarella and fresh basil to satisfy you without the fried or breaded crust. Roasted garlic florets of broccoli are served with this dish to get in your greens for 580 calories a plate.
Pat LaFrieda 2oz ‘90/10’ Grilled Turkey Burger Trio is topped with grilled zucchini, grilled Portobello mushroom, bib lettuce and sits on 5-Grain whole wheat slider rolls for 530 calories.
As a woman in this fast-paced, career driven city, eating well to stay in tip-top-shape is a daily challenge. Working as a lifestyle writer and food blogger makes it even more difficult, as tastings and press previews are prominent in my weekly schedule. Joy Bauer’s new menu at Siro’s is a wonderful new way to dine out with a friend or date without worrying about my waistline. As Joy recently tweeted, a healthy dessert and cocktail menu will be available soon, so make sure to check those items out too! xo
Siro's Restaurant. 885 Second Avenue.