When you think of theme park food, “healthy” might not be the first thing that comes to mind. While there are lots of delicious sweet treats to try at Walt Disney World, there are also lots of healthy (and tasty!) meals and snacks that guests love just as much. If you’re planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, we’re sure you’ll want to try something sweet, but it’s a good idea to balance this out with some healthy meals too. If you’re trying to be health conscious during your Disney holiday, check out our list below for some ideas...
1. Satu’li Bowl
You’ll find the Satu’li Canteen inside Disney’s new expansion, Pandora- The World of Avatar. This is a great place to visit for lunch and there’s lots of healthy dishes on the menu that will give you all the energy you need for a long afternoon exploring the park. Our favourite dish here is the create-your-own Satu’li Bowl. It’s a great option for everyone, as there’s a total of 48 different combinations, so you’re sure to find something you like.
First, choose a protein, from grilled beef, chilli-spiced crispy tofu, wood-grilled chicken or sustainable fish. Next, choose a base of sweet potato hash, quinoa & vegetable salad, mixed whole grain & rice or romaine & kale salad. Finally, choose a sauce to top it all off, from charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or a creamy herb dressing. If you’re visiting Pandora- the World of Avatar, you must dine at the Satu’li Canteen.
Where can I get it? Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
2. Chicken Skewers
The Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is made up of 4 quick-service outlets, serving up authentic African-inspired cuisine. One of our favourite healthy dishes here, has to be the tender chicken skewers which you’ll find at the Kitamu Grill. This mouth-watering wood-grilled chicken is marinated in African spices and served with a side of green papaya slaw and a black-eyed pea salad. There’s also a separate menu for little ones, with smaller servings, so you can make sure the children are getting a healthy (but hearty!) meal too.
Where can I get it? Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
3. Caprese Flatbread
If you can’t shake that craving for a big slice of pizza but want to stay healthy, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! At the Magic Kingdom you can find tasty flatbreads that will satisfy your craving but are a much healthier alternative. We love the caprese flatbread which is topped with juicy plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, basil and a balsamic glaze. If you’re looking for healthy food at Walt Disney World, we think this is a great food swap to consider.
Where can I get it? Pinocchio Village Haus at Magic Kingdom
Epcot is one of our favourite places to eat at Walt Disney World as there’s so much to choose from. The World Showcase area is made up of 11 different countries, and each one has traditional food and drink from that region. We’d recommend trying several snacks while you’re here to make the most of it, but if you’re looking for something healthy, head to the Japan Pavilion. There’s lots of healthy food options at the Katsura Grill, including miso soup, steamed rice and edamame beans, but our top choice has to be the sushi. We’d recommend the Tokyo sushi combo for a delicious lunch. You’ll get 4 pieces of California Roll and 3 pieces of Nigiri.
Where can I get it? Katsura Grill at Epcot (Japan Pavilion)
5. Hummus & Vegetables
If you’re looking for a light bite, the Walt Disney World theme parks have lots of healthy snacks that are perfect for picking up on the go. You’ll find several food carts throughout each Disney park, with lots of healthy food. We love the hummus and vegetable pots. You’ll generally find these filled with carrots and celery, and you can also get some fresh pitta bread to go with it. Not only are these a great tasting snack, but also a good way to get the little ones to eat some veg, by dunking it into a delicious pot of hummus.
Where can I get it? Various locations throughout the Disney parks
While a day exploring the Disney theme parks is guaranteed to be great fun, it can also be tiring. It’s important to keep your energy up throughout the day with lots of water and healthy snacks. The food carts in the Disney parks have lots of fresh fruit to choose from, including apples, bananas, oranges and watermelon to name just a few. If you can’t decide, go for the fruit cup and enjoy a refreshing combination of your favourite fruits.
Where can I get it? Various locations throughout the Disney parks ( Liberty Square Market & Harambe Market)
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