Cheap Eats: Eat Healthy for $10 or Less

Dining cheaply doesn't have to hurt your waistline

Photograph by Ryan Donnell

Coventry Deli oatmeal.  Top a 10-ounce portion of Coventry’s double-boiled creamy wonder with fresh fruit and nuts of your choosing for an extra 25 cents a pop. We like the sugar-free version with fresh strawberries, blackberries and crushed walnuts ($2.75) for a healthy start to the day. 2000 Market Street, 215-972-8310,

Picnic’s soup-and-salad lunch special, 12-ounce soup/$5, 16-ounce soup/$5.75 The organic and beautifully prepared seasonal soups and salads here are so fresh and flavorful (and the sweet-and-tart herb vinaigrette so addicting), $5 seems like a steal. 3131 Walnut Street, 215-222-1608,

Fuel’s Stacker Wrap, $8.95 Warm, meaty portabella mushrooms are drizzled with fresh pesto and tucked inside a whole-wheat wrap with enough grilled eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and homemade mozzarella that you’ll want to save half for later. 1917 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-468-3835,

Make-your-own salad at Gia Pronto, $8.05 For just over eight bucks, you can score a healthy dose of protein (we heart the balsamic free-range chicken), lettuce, and four veggies of your choosing. With the hunk of seedy multigrain bread they toss in for free, you’ll be good to go for hours. Multiple locations;

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Originally published in Philadelphia magazine October 2010