But sometimes, you don’t necessarily want to check nutritional discipline at the Purple Gates. You may think that healthy eating at Walt Disney World is an oxymoron. But more and more, that’s simply not so. Sure, you can indulge to your heart’s content. But whether you’re looking to sub out just one meal or snack a day for a health-savvy option, or you plan to stick to your guns in the nutrition department while you’re amidst the magic, we have some great tips for finding healthy and tasty options at Walt Disney World! They come courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2018! And if you find these tips to be helpful, pick up your copy of the Guide today!
Head for the Grab and Go
Not too long ago, Walt Disney World was a sea of hamburgers, fries, and soda pop. And some people think that’s what it STILL is. But, honestly, things have changed.
Sure, you still have lots and lots of choices in the burger genre. But they’ve definitely expanded beyond the fast food mentality when it comes to quick eating options. My best tip for eating healthy — and this goes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time — is to head for the Grab and Go section.
You’ll spy Grab and Go spots in lots of places, and there are always robust choices in the Resorts. There, you’ll find everything from prepared salads and sandwiches made with lean meats to sushi and hummus with veggies. Check out Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for a great selection! And when it comes to a Park option, Sunshine Seasons offers choices that can’t be beat.
So if you have the resolve to stroll past the pizza and burgers, a healthy meal is totally in your grasp!
Be Mindful About Restaurant Choices
If you have healthy eating in mind, then you probably shouldn’t pencil in a counter service lunch at Casey’s Corner. 😉 Don’t get me wrong — Corn Dog Nuggets are totally boss. But let’s face it — planning ahead to eat at a restaurant that offers lots of fresh choices and grilled options is probably a better idea when you’re trying to stay on the healthy bandwagon. Fortunately, better-for-you options abound at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite spots to grab a healthy counter service lunch is Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You can’t go wrong with their Create-Your-Own Satu’li Bowl, for which you get to select from healthy proteins and bases (including Romaine and Kale Salad!).
Another option that I can recommend is the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. Whether you choose a counter service meal at Katsura Grill or you opt for table service at Tokyo Dining or Teppan Edo, there are lots of grilled meat and veggie choices.
Know Where to Find Healthy and Delicious Snacks
But what about snacks? Well, surely, you can indulge a little. But if you want to follow a healthy eating plan most of the time, even when it comes to snacks, you have some surprisingly good options. When I want to nosh on something healthy and filling in Magic Kingdom, I love to head to Liberty Square Market. They offer some high quality fruits and veggies to snack on, including sweet fruits and salty pickles. In the past, they’ve also served steaming hot sweet potatoes!
And don’t forget dessert! I recommend a Dole Whip as a lighter option to ice cream. And thankfully, Dole Whip is popping up in various locations in the World, including Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village Resort, Aloha Isle in the Magic Kindgom, and (mixed with liquor) at Art of Animation Resort!
Now let’s hear from all of you! What’s your best tip for healthy eating while vacationing in Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and join in the conversation!