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Our Top 10 Delicious, Healthful Bites at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Okay, so you’re on vacation, and “healthful” may not be at the top of your to-do list. But we’re often asked for our favorite healthful eats at Disneyland Resort. Here is our Top 10 list, from quick bites to table service:

  1. Start the day at Carnation Café in Disneyland park with the spinach and tomato egg white frittata with a side of fresh fruit for breakfast (skip the potatoes). Later in the day, we like the new spinach salad with grilled chicken, which includes boiled eggs, Portobello mushrooms, feta cheese and pickled onions tossed with a golden balsamic-mustard seed dressing.
  2. Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park is a longtime favorite, but you can skip the hearty burritos and opt for the citrus fire-grilled chicken, marinated in cumin, garlic, cilantro, lemon and lime before it hits the fire. Add a side of sautéed veggies or beans and rice.

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  1. At Blue Bayou in Disneyland park, try a taste of Louisiana with the portobello mushroom and couscous macque choux. The mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinaigrette, then broiled and served with the macque choux, a combo of roasted corn, sweet peppers and couscous with a side of sautéed spinach.
  2. For a quick, light bite, head to Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park – ignore the pastries and quiches and order the grilled vegetable and whole grain salad with seasonal vegetables, mixed greens, barley, and spelt tossed with basil vinaigrette.
  3. Village Haus Restaurant tucked in Fantasyland in Disneyland park has a high-energy, healthful meal in a bowl: Apple & Cheddar Salad with chopped red and green apples, Cheddar cheese, fresh greens, Craisins dried cranberries, golden raisins, toasted walnuts and honey-yogurt dressing.

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  1. Heading over to Disney California Adventure park for a quick bite it’s the tofu rice bowl at Lucky Fortune Cookery. Add a side of edamame or fresh mango slices.
  2. Another quick bite at Disney California Adventure park is the roasted veggie soft tacos at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. Add a dollop of fresh guacamole and skip the sour cream.
  3. We love the fresh Mediterranean flavors at Paradise Garden Grill. It’s a toss-up: the lemon oregano chicken with chimichurri sauce (a delicious blend of fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil). Sometimes we prefer it with that chimichurri with the grilled steak.

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  1. For a more leisurely meal, head to Wine Country Trattoria and order the Broccolini Aglio Olio, a delicious bowl of egg-free pasta with fresh spinach, arugula, tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and olive oil. If you prefer seafood, the pan-seared salmon with sautéed fingerling potatoes and yellow and red pear tomatoes with a side of arugula salad and sun-dried tomato pesto fits the bill.
  2. For super-fast snacks, fruit carts in both carts are the easiest way to fill up and avoid temptation. Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, watermelon, trail mix, coconut water and more – and the fruits change with the seasons, so there’s always something delish.
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Steven on May 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The Carnation Cafe frittata is so good!!

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Vincent on May 13th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Do you have a similar list for WDW?

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Anne on May 14th, 2014 at 12:02 am

Calorie counts in this post would be incredibly valuable. Sometimes something that sounds healthy has more calories than one would expect. I would like to stay on my current eating plan and count calories while enjoying the food in the parks.

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