[ 0 ] November 3, 2011 |

Soup Drinks Image via Litestars

If you’re headed down the diet path, I have found your fast food restaurant.  Litestars is the healthiest restaurant in the District. With low calorie counts, little to no salt and serving sizes that make sure you don’t exceed the 20 minutes it takes to get full, this bistro is winning the diet war.  Though I am not a fan of the word “diet”, rather I like to think I make lifestyle changes, this October I am on a full blown diet.  Carnival season is upon us and I need to make sure that Medium bottom I ordered fits according to plans.

Tartlets image via Litestars

I would love to take the time to make my own personal sized quiche but my schedule will not allow it.  This is the major reason I was glad to come across Litestars, the personal panned quiche pans divert my attention from the personal panned pizza I would usually choose for lunch.  After making my way through all (yes, ALL) of the quiche tartlets, or as they call them, “Litestars Tartlets”, the zucchini and bison tartlets are the stars of the show.  Paired with a salad or one of their soup drinks, I was able to forget about my “diet” and save calories without sacrificing my cravings.

Berry Salad Image via Litestars

The good thing about Litestars is you know everything you get is healthy, made fresh daily and not from a freezer (they do not have a freezer on the premises).  The other most important pro is that the food is fast so lunch can really be a healthy, quick lunch.  The cons are a few of the dishes especially the salads lack proper seasoning.  While I like the removal of the heavy salt content I still want that flavor in the dish.  I suggested to one of the chef’s on duty, for example, adding some black olives to the quinoa dates salad as a substitute to straight salt.

I like where the restaurant is taking the D.C food scene especially the fast food scene.  The District is known for its eclectic mix of food fast and Litestars is truly the first of this kind: fast, healthy, gourmet and did I mention, they serve wine and beer too?

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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