How to Eat Healthy in Las Vegas (Really!)

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Las Vegas is a veritable mine field for dieters with its endless buffets, myriad of restaurant choices and yard-long, syrupy-sweet drinks at every turn. But our hotel investigators can find diet-savvy options everywhere — even in the City of Sin. After trekking through tons of resorts on the Strip, we found a few great options that’ll satisfy your taste buds and your waistline.


THE RESTAURANT: Mesa Grill Southwest

THE DISH: Grilled Dorade with chiles, citrus, frisee and pine nuts
Simple preparation — like grilled or baked — makes it easy to spot healthy options on the menu, and the Mediterranean fish provides plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, vital for heart health. Citrus helps fend off any temporary nausea (like if you just got off the famed roller coaster at New York, NY), while a kick of chile amps up your metabolism for a bit.

THE HOTEL: Mandalay Bay

THE RESTAURANT: Trattoria Del Lupo

THE DISH: Minestrone dell’ Ortolano and Insalate Caprese
This order is the polar opposite of “double trouble” at the Wolfgang Puck outpost: Start with the vegetable minestrone soup (but ask them to skip the yummy — but fattening — parmesan crostini), which will not only leave you feeling fuller faster but also provides a good amount of lycopene, an antioxidant “of the moment.” Follow it up with the super-fresh Caprese salad for a mix of fruits, protein, dairy and healthy fats. You’ll be full — but not full enough to not have a serious dance party at Mandalay Bay’s RedSquare, one of the city’s top watering holes.

THE HOTEL: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino


THE DISH: Vegetarian Tasting Menu
We’re big advocates of Meatless Mondays here — after all, going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. But the deliciousness that is Shibuya makes you forget that you ever had any carnivore-esque tendencies, especially when you go all-out by choosing the tasting menu. Choose the chilled tofu as your third course for some high-quality protein, but steer clear of anything labeled “crispy” or “sauteed” — signs of loads of extra calories. The good news? Let the hostess know about any substitution wishes you have in advance, as they’ll be happy to accommodate your request.

Rachel is the Blog Editor for, a partner of the Travel Channel, that visits, comprehensively photographs, critiques, and rates hotels. Her work has also been featured in publications like InStyle, HGTV Magazine and the HuffingtonPost. If she’s not writing or traveling, she’s out for a run.

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