Staying Fit and Healthy in the Disney Parks

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Babies Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing how to stay fit and healthy in the Disney Parks. For us it’s pretty easy to get our exercise in. We walk and roll miles each day. (I wish I did that more at home.) The real challenge is not eating too many Disney cookies and cupcakes. :)

There are lots of places at the Disney Parks where you can find great options that don’t include pizza and chicken nuggets. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza and I could probably eat it every day but at the parks I love trying new things. These are a few of my favorites that also happen to be vegetarian.

Vegetarian Platter – Tangierine Café
Vegetarian Platter Tangierine Café

Vegetarian Platter Tangierine Café

One of my favorite things to get in Epcot’s World Showcase is the vegetarian platter at Tangierine Café. It also happens to be in one of my favorite pavilions, Morocco. The platter includes hummus, tabouleh, falafel, marinated olives, couscous salad, lentil salad., and fresh Moroccan bread. It’s large enough to split and I think it is also one of the better values that you can find in Epcot.

Quinoa Salad – Be Our Guest Restaurant
Quinoa Salad Be Our Guest Restaurant

Quinoa Salad Be Our Guest Restaurant

One of my favorite things to get in the Magic Kingdom is the Quinoa Salad at Be Our Guest Restaurant. It’s only on the lunch menu and it’s a great option on a warm Disney day since it’s a lighter meal. You get a portion of quinoa and a salad with green beans, potatoes, olives, roasted bell peppers, golden beets, and tomatoes. When you order you have the option to get the vinaigrette dressing tossed in the salad or on the side. I’ve had this meal twice now and the salad was fresh and flavorful. I’m hoping more options like this one show up in the parks.

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich – Hungry Bear Restaurant
Fried Green Tomato Sandwich Hungry Bear Restaurant

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich Hungry Bear Restaurant

One of my favorite meals in Disneyland was the Fried Green Tomato Sandwich at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The sandwich has cornmeal crusted fried green tomatoes layered with two slices of fresh heirloom tomatoes, topped with Havarti, rémoulade, jicama-mango slaw and served on a multi-grain roll. Yum! It comes with a side of sweet potato fries which were also very good. And if you want to splurge I highly recommend the Lemon “Bumblebee” Cupcake. :)

Those are just a few of my favorites. There really are a lot of great vegetarian options out there. Do you have a favorite? I would love to hear about it!

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  • Reply RoeMo326 April 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Great ideas, Melissa! I was at Disneyland during this loop, and I found that there were many more healthy eating choices there than WDW. I also REALLY wish I would’ve stopped at the Hungry Bear!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  • Reply DIStherapy March 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Great suggestions Melissa.  I am always trying to look for meatless options while on vacation, especially on race weekends!  I have not tried the Vegetarian Platter at Tangerine Cafe, but NOW I will- all my favorites!  And Heidi, I’m with you; the Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House is to die for!!!

  • Reply DonnaKayDisney March 25, 2014 at 9:01 am

    We are trying to go meatless one or two days a week so these ideas are really helpful.  I love lemon desserts, tell me more about the Lemon “Bumblebee” Cupcake.

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      When you visit Disneyland you HAVE to give it a try. Lemon frosting, yellow cake with lemon curd on the inside, sooo good!

  • Reply JodiWhisenhunt March 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Yum! Those look like excellent choices! Where is the Hungry Bear?

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Hungry Bear is in Critter Country at Disneyland. It was one of our favorite spots. :)

  • Reply HeidiPortzlineStrawser March 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I am not a vegetarian, but some of the vegetarian options really look yummy!  Of course, I’m a sucker for the Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House.  In fact, I’ll probably be having it when we eat there for our tour in May!

  • Reply CapMagicalMem March 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I love exploring the vegetatrian options at Disney.  They definitely don’t skip the flavors!

  • Reply LeeBeatens March 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Would these options appeal to someone who isn’t vegetarian?

    • Reply Melissa March 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      My husband isn’t a vegetarian and he’s tried all three of the options I mentioned and loved them. I think the platter from Tangierine Cafe would we great for anyone.

  • Reply adisneymom March 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Great ideas!  I’m wondering if I should become a vegetarian and this answered some of my questions!  Which restaurant has the most vegetarian options at WDW?

    • Reply Melissa March 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Every restaurant has a least one option which can feel a little restrictive at times. But some places are better than others. 50’s Prime Time just added a second option and Sanaa has some great choices. There are also lots of items at the buffets at Tusker House and Boma. If you need help choosing restaurants just let me know. :)

  • Reply Jenn Lissak March 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    homeisthemouse  good call on Sanaa – I LOVE it!

  • Reply Jenn Lissak March 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Those look delicious! I always recommend Tangerine Cafe (and I think many others do now as well). I have yet to try Be Our Guest for lunch but I’ve heard the dinner option is bland, which is a shame b/c it sounds great – I’ll have to try that quinoa dish sometime!

  • Reply homeisthemouse March 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    As someone who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, I really appreciated your post. I am definitely going to add those two dishes to my must eat list. Have you eaten at Sanaa before? I really loved their vegetarian plates.

    • Reply Melissa March 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      We finally at at Sanaa on our last trip and loved it. I need to get my post about it written up. :)

  • Reply FrontierlandSta March 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    The foods you mentioned all sounds delicious! I’ll have to try some of them on my next trip!

  • Reply DisneyMamaLin March 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Yum! Where is the Hungry Bear!? I’m a sucker for a fried green tomato!

    • Reply Melissa March 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      In Critter Country at Disneyland. I wish they would add an option like it somewhere in Frontierland at WDW.

  • Reply DawnCullo1 March 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

    My daughter would love the Fried Green Tomato sandwich, I had NO idea it existed.  Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Mickey_MDOD March 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Wow Melissa, I’ll admit I’m not much on the vegetarian side of things — it’s a struggle to get me to eat a healthy salad — but that salad at Be Our Guest looked good!  I’ll mention this to my wife because we are trying to eat more healthy to prepare for our trip in June!  Thanks!

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