Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming more common on restaurant menus. However, finding a macrobiotic restaurant or place to have a macrobiotic meal can still feel challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! If you plan ahead, ask questions, and follow the basic principles of macrobiotic diet and lifestyle, you can go out and enjoy a meal with family, friends, and coworkers anytime.
Finding a Macrobiotic Restaurant
When eating out, you do not have to choose a macrobiotic restaurant or a Japanese restaurant. Macrobiotics is a multi-cultural fusion of the unique health-supporting traditions and cuisines from around the world. Other macrobiotic cuisines include any type of Asian, Middle Eastern, North-African, Mediterranean, or other parts of Europe.
- Choose a restaurant with grains and vegetable dishes on the menu. Examples include whole-grain or semolina pasta, couscous, polenta, oatmeal, whole grain breads, brown or white rice, etc.
- Plan ahead by checking out the menu online or calling to see if they have options.
- Ask if animal products (chicken stock or lard) are used in preparation of vegetarian dishes.
- Look for a restaurant with higher quality ingredients. This is often found at vegan restaurants or restaurants that prepare dishes from scratch.
- Ask if you can modify dishes such as eliminating butter, cheese, and other animal or dairy products.
- Ask if tofu and tempeh are organic and non-GMO.
Overall, if you don’t know just ask. Restaurants are more accommodating since there is a high demand for healthier options, vegan and vegetarian meals.
Other Common Macrobiotic Restaurant Questions:
Can I order an appetizer at a restaurant?
Yes, feel free to order an appetizer––soup, salad, and/or vegetable dish.
Soup ask if it is vegan. Good options include miso, lentil, bean, or vegetable.
Salad ask for salad dressing of olive oil and lemon juice on the side.
Vegetable dish is an easy and delicious way to start a meal. Many restaurants offer broccoli.
What about bread?
Yes, the best option is unyeasted sourdough bread.
What should I not eat at a restaurant?
That would be fried food unless fried tempeh or tofu.