9 Hoboken + Jersey City Dietitians + Nutritionists Share Their Favorite Local Go-To Meals

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Healthy eating. It doesn’t have to be scary, it doesn’t have to be difficult, and yes, it can even be delicious. We know, we know — it’s much easier said than done, but that’s why we brought in the professionals. We asked nine registered dietitians and nutritionists in the Hoboken/Jersey City area two VERY important questions regarding healthy eating…

“What is your favorite meal to eat out in Hoboken/Jersey City? And what makes it your favorite healthy option?”  

“One of our favorite places to get a healthy meal in Hoboken is Las Olas. This is our go-to local recommendation because of their large selection of naruto style sushi rolls. For those who are not familiar with the term, it means the roll is wrapped in paper or thinly sliced cucumber. These rolls are high in protein, have the extra benefit of fiber from veggies and most importantly, are low in carbs; specifically the processed carbs such as those found in white rice used in most sushi rolls. Most people don’t realize that two regular sushi rolls {with rice} have the same carbohydrate count as a muffin {yikes!}. Since sushi is light, many people eat several rolls to fill up, ending in a carb loaded meal. The many naruto options at Los Olas allow you to enjoy more volume, try different varieties, and feel good leaving dinner.”

– Inna Topiler, MS, CNS and Alyssa Cellini, My Custom Cleanse/Complete Nutrition and Wellness in Hoboken, NJ

Read More: All About Las Olas Uptown

 

“I love breakfast anytime of day, so I often visit the Brownstone Diner in Jersey City. My standard order: A garden omelet with whole-wheat toast, with butter on the side. I swap out the home fries for a side of lettuce and sliced tomato. Eggs provide satiating protein to keep me fueled throughout my day, and the veggies in the omelet and on the side offer filling fiber, to help tide me over ’til my next meal. I choose whole-grain bread because it offers additional fiber. I love omelets and could eat them anytime of day!”

-Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, NJ

 

“Both Hoboken and Jersey City have so many great food options, and it seems like another restaurant is opening everyday, but one of my go-to healthy favorites is the Bibim Rice Bowl at Ahri’s Kitchen in Jersey City. Bibim Bowl Menu description: Firm tofu, carrot, cucumber, mushroom, zucchini, spinach, bean sprout, an egg sunnyside up, drizzled with sesame oil. First of all, it is delicious. But second of all, the great thing about all bibimbap bowls is that they are chock-full of vegetables and are a really great balanced one-dish meal since they have carbohydrates from the rice, fiber from the vegetables, protein from the egg and other “meat” of your choice {tofu or chicken is usually the healthiest} and some healthy fat from sesame oil. Korean fermented chili paste {gochujang} contains capsaicin {which acts as an antixoidant and is anti-inflammatory} and gut-healthy probiotics adding an extra health kick. For even more probiotics and healthy heat, I customize mine with a side of kimchi. The only downside is that they are usually made with white rice but at Ahri’s Kitchen you can order it with brown rice for more fiber. Soy sauce can also add lots of sodium but at Ahri’s they aren’t heavy handed, keeping the sodium in check.”

-Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, CDN, kristydelcoro.com 

 

“My favorite healthy meal to eat out in Hoboken is the Quinoa Breakfast Bowl at Zack’s Oak Bar & Restaurant. Brunch is one of my favorite meals to eat out. I love this dish because the quinoa and egg provide great sources of protein to start your morning off right. And there are plenty of veggies in the dish for added fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied for the rest of your morning.”

-Jen Flachbart, MS, RD, CDN, Plants Root Nutrition, LLC in Hoboken, NJ  

 

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“Though you can find decent choices at other eateries, my pick for best overall healthful place to eat in Hoboken is Bareburger. My personal menu choice is a no gluten, no dairy hamburger with avocado and a side of Brussels sprouts. Unlike most eateries in Hoboken, Bareburger’s entire menu is nutrition-forward. Many ingredients are sourced locally – a really good thing! I selected a beef burger because that’s what I enjoy, though any of the burgers would be great choices. I’ve had zero immune-related symptoms since I eliminated gluten and most grains from my food plan, so a no bun burger is a must for me. To up my restorative fat intake, I added avocado to the burger. And, of course, a vegetable dish that’s more like a main than a side is a must. The Brussels sprouts fit the bill.”

-Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN, Laura Lagano Nutrition in Hoboken, NJ  

“When I want something healthy I go to Tidal Poke on Grove Street. They have wonderful bowls and I choose what I’d like in it. I like a base of either mixed greens and kale or brown rice and kale. Then I add salmon and a combo of their mix-ins which always includes hijiki seaweed. This is a small hole in the wall kind of place but it does have tables so you can eat in. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. It’s a  meal with lots of green, a grain, and protein. It’s healthy without tasting healthy. The other place I like for a healthy meal is Kitchen Step in  Jersey City. It’s a comfortable restaurant with really good food. If I want a healthy meal, I go for the branzino with cherry tomatoes and fennel. There is a cream sauce that comes with it but it is not too much. If I’m super hungry I might start that meal with their kale salad. Again protein, grains and greens. Really healthy and tastes so good.”

-Laura Lacey, LMT, CNC, Laura Lacey Massage and Nutriton in Jersey City, NJ

” Typically Cuban food doesn’t scream healthy, but the spinach salad from La Isla goes under appreciated. The Espinaca y Remolacha is the perfect combo of baby spinach, beets, avocado, mango, mandarin oranges, and your choice of a protein, topped with blue cheese, macadamia nuts, with a champagne vinaigrette. This salad blends healthy fats, protein and carbs together, can be tailored for any food allergies (nuts, dairy), and it’s naturally gluten free.”

-Lisa Bruno, MS, RDN, Work It Out in Hoboken, NJ

Read More: Hoboken Girl of the Week: Lisa Bruno {of Work It Out}

“My vote for favorite place to eat is Zack’s Oak Bar and Restaurant on 3rd and Willow.  Sure I could tell you to eat a salad from Pure Pita, or Sushi from Robongi; but you already know what to get that would be healthy (grilled chicken with salad and sashimi anyone) but how about when you’re wanting to have a night out with your husband and have something tasty and not boring!  Zak’s is your place!  I love the lentil salad which by itself is very nutrient dense, packed with protein and fiber.  Protein and fiber keep us full and ensure we don’t over eat; I added the steak for more high biological value protein – protein that contains all nine essential amino acids.  The versatility of this salad is also a plus – can have it with just the lentils if you want to go the vegetarian/vegan route, but can also add shrimp or salmon and steak if you want animal protein.  Zak’s is also super kid-friendly which is very important when toddlers rule your life!”

-Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD, CDN, vanessarissetto.squarespace.com 

“I love all toast offerings at Bluestone Lane in Hoboken, especially the Avocado Smash topped with an egg, feta and tomatoes. The toast provides the perfect mix of protein, healthy fat and fiber – the right balance to keep you satisfied longer. Plus the vibe at Bluestone is awesome! I am a big believer in mindful eating, being present, and establishing a healthy relationship with your food, so Bluestone allows me to slow down and enjoy every bite.”

-Melissa Kelly, MS, RD, CDN, MBK Nutrition in Hoboken, NJ

Read More: All About Bluestone Lane {Hoboken}

 

We hope that you enjoy this guide to some of the most tasty and healthy meals in Hudson County. Let us know what your go-to fresh meal is! Share with us below or on Insta @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl

 

 


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Nicole's love for Hoboken was sparked during a summer internship at New York Magazine. While she's not working out or perfecting her brows, Nicole can be found at any place with a great breakfast menu. She is sometimes guilty of liking dogs a little bit more than people, but it's because her own huskies have left a permanent imprint on her heart — though she does have a low key corgi obsession {something about those little legs}. Nicole is also a firm believer that there's nothing a new pair of shoes can't fix. Being a lover of new adventures, Nicole can't wait to travel and see where her '20s lead her.