As a healthy food enthusiast, I was excited to learn that Universal Orlando Resort has made huge efforts to offer healthier meal options across the entire resort, including all theme park, hotel, and CityWalk restaurants. I was so excited that I made it my mission to find and try many of these dishes to compile the complete guide to healthier and allergy-friendly options at Universal Orlando Resort.
This blog isn’t here to determine what “healthy” is or to tell you what’s “healthy” for your body, but rather serve as suggestions and tips for alternative foods that fit within common eating restrictions. From allergies to lifestyle choices, I’ve compiled a list of delicious meals that can accommodate a variety of eaters.
Freshly grilled brook trout, paired with fire-roasted vegetables and a fresh house salad. Brook trout is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 and is also high in protein. A great way to fuel your body with energy for the day.
Who knew a chocolate-inspired restaurant could have such healthy and tasty options?
Super Foods Salad
A salad of spinach, arugula, avocado, quinoa, asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, pine nuts, feta cheese and topped with a citrus vinaigrette. Amongst other benefits, these ingredients help control blood sugar spikes to keep you going throughout your day in the theme parks.
Pro Tip: Hold the feta and choose a different dressing to make your meal dairy-free.
Game day just got enjoyable for everyone.
Vegan “Beyond Smokehouse” Burger
This plant-based Beyond burger is topped with pulled, smoked jackfruit. You heard that right. Jackfruit is a fruit but it tastes and has the texture of pulled meat! Top that off with vegan American cheese, BBQ sauce, caramelized onion, and lettuce.
Pro Tip: Replace the kaiser roll with lettuce to ditch gluten and grains.
Makimono Vegetarian Roll
This plant-based sushi roll is a combination of fresh avocado, cucumber, and asparagus rolled into the perfect bite. The ingredients are high in antioxidants and B vitamins.
TODAY Cafe is easily the best one-stop shop for a variety of healthy options in Universal Studios. It’s conveniently located at the front of the theme park, making it the perfect start to your day.
Park Ave Avocado Toast
Everyone loves avocado toast! This dish is low in cholesterol and features a healthy fat, avocado, as its main ingredient.
You can’t go wrong with a morning Acai bowl! Acai berries are nutrient superfoods full of antioxidants that boost your brain.
Pro Tip: Hold the granola for a gluten, nut, and grain-free variation.
You won’t be missing out with this roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, arugula, farro, avocado, and prosciutto salad, topped with a lemon vinaigrette.
I <3 Vegan Sandwich
Roasted portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomato pesto, peppers, zucchini, carrots, and yes… vegan jalapeno cheese! All that yumminess pressed between cranberry artisan bread.
Although the Irish Fish and Chips entree is one of the shining stars of the Finnegan’s menu, I was shocked to see some of the other options that are available.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon Salad
The Pistachio Crusted Salmon Salad is packed with roasted root vegetables and dill… not to mention that both salmon and pistachios are powerful ingredients! Pistachios are not only heart-healthy but also high in unsaturated fatty acids and fiber, which helps maintain blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids while also being rich in vitamin B12.
Beyond Burger Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Vegans and vegetarians, we’ve got you covered with this hearty meal! Green peas, carrots, celery, onion, and mushrooms all baked into a casserole topped with vegan red bliss mashed potatoes… yes please!
Matcha Overnight Oats
If you’re an overnight oats fanatic, don’t worry we’ll do the soaking for you. These Matcha Overnight Oats feature fresh kiwi, blueberries, and toasted coconut — a healthy source of fiber and the dish will help maintain satiety!
Vegan Elderberry Croissants
They have vegan croissants. Enough said.
Gluten-Free Burgers and Sandwiches
Check out “The Wharf” Burger or the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, both served on gluten-free challah buns!
Pro Tip: For grain-free and dairy-free friends, don’t be afraid to take it further and ask to have the sandwich served on lettuce and with no cheese.
The Penne Genovese
You can be gluten free and have your pasta too, just request from your server the gluten-free pasta version of penne! This dish is just as indulgent as it is plant-based, featuring Beyond Sausage, roasted broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and basil oil.
In the Florida heat, we all deserve a frozen treat. Dole Whip Pineapple Sorbet is dairy free!
Three Broomsticks is a must visit stop during any excursion in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I was pleased to see the menu has some lighter options.
Rotisserie Smoked Chicken Salad
Shredded rotisserie chicken on top of a bed of lettuce with a host of different veggies!
Pro Tip: If you have a corn allergy or eat a grain-free diet, opt for extra potatoes or a fruit cup on the side.*
This award-winning restaurant certainly doesn’t disappoint with its vast variety of health-conscious meals.
Pro Tip: At Mythos, all the soups and salads are gluten-free!
Lemon-garlic roasted cauliflower, romesco sauce, and stewed beluga lentils, topped with toasted almonds. This filling plant-based dish just so happens to be high in fiber and help with digestion.
Amphorae Shrub Vinegar Tonic
Have you seen those vinegar drinks all around health food stores? Check out the Amphorae Shrub! A fresh mix of various berries, mint, and lime zest extracted into white wine vinegar.
Pro Tip: Vinegar is a wonderful health tonic as it aids digestion. No matter what you order as your meal, it’s never a bad idea to help the body digest before hitting the rides.
Tandoori Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Grilled Tandoori chicken, lettuce, pickled cucumber, carrots, radicchio, soba noodles, crushed peanuts served with ponzu and chili dipping sauces. The pickled vegetables are high in probiotics and can aid in digestion.
Pro Tip: Hold the soba Noodles to make this a gluten-free, grain-free dish.
Beef, chicken, or vegetarian kebabs with a pita and tzatziki (yogurt-based) sauce.
Pro Tip: Order a kebab and hold the pita for a gluten-free and grain-free hot snack.
The main ingredient of falafel (chickpeas) brings vitamins, minerals, and fiber to the body while also improving digestion. Their high protein count makes them the perfect option for vegans and vegetarians.
Gluten-Free Rice Bowl
Choice of mojo chicken or jackfruit with black beans, cilantro rice, cotija cheese and served with fried plantains and salsa.
Fresh tropical dishes with a scenic view on the side! Truth be told, there are many refreshing options at each dining location in Volcano Bay, but I like to head straight to Bambu for all of my favorites.
(Not an average) Caesar Salad
The Caesar Salad at Bambu has a special twist to include hearts of palm. This powerful superfood has more protein than most other vegetables and is full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, niacin, phosphorus, and zinc.
Island Chicken Salad
Dairy-free folks look no further. As you escape to Volcano Bay, this dish has your name all over it. Diced chicken, apples, grapes, and almonds tossed in a creamy coconut dressing.
Quinoa Edamame Burger
Vegetarians will love this. Topped with roasted shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and sriracha mayo with fries.
Pro Tip: Gluten-free bun available upon request. Hold the sriracha mayo to make it vegan.
Vegan Chick’n & Avocado Sandwich Platter
Plant-Based Gardein Chick’n and Follow Your Heart American cheese served with fries.
Poke Poke Bowl
Keep it fresh and light with this bowl of raw ahi tuna, soy honey vinaigrette, pineapple salsa, and plantain chips.
Pro Tip: Tuna is an excellent source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and multiple vitamins and minerals.
Have your choice of grilled carne asada or chicken tacos! Vitamin-rich plantain chips are served on the side.
Pro Tip: Ask to have your tacos on lettuce for a grain-free, gluten-free taco bowl. Dairy-free folks should also ask to hold the cheese, but feel free to double up on the salsa or fresh-made guac*.
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Stir-Fried Cauliflower “Rice”
This dish is grain-free, gluten-free, and plant-based! The cauliflower “rice” is topped with edamame, peppers, onions, carrots, jalapeno, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Pro Tip: This menu item is low in cholesterol, and contains a lot of fiber to keep you full longer.
Note: Hard Rock Hotel restaurants The Kitchen and Beach Club have a gluten-free menu available upon request.
When I think of Portofino, I immediately think of pasta and my attempts to dodge gluten and grains…but to my surprise the resort’s restaurants offer so much more.
Vegan Breakfast Casserole
Grilled and roasted zucchini, yellow squash, portobello, asparagus, red pepper white bean and tofu casserole served on cast iron.
Grilled Chicken Wings with Tangy & Sweet Lemon Turmeric Sauce
Who knew a gluten-free, nutrient-dense preparation of wings even existed! Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, with properties known to reduce inflammation in the body and make the skin glow. I’m nicknaming these “Glow Up Wings”.
Herb Roasted Half Chicken
Freshly roasted chicken served with roasted tri-color potatoes and grilled asparagus. Asparagus is one of the most well-balanced vegetables and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin A, B6, and C.
This Caribbean-inspired restaurant does an excellent job of identifying which foods are dairy-free, nut-free, and vegetarian on their menus. They also have a “Light Fare” menu, a cultivation of their lightest meals.
Nut-Free and Gluten-Free Conch Chowder
Tender vegetables, potato, and a rich tomato sauce…all with no nuts or gluten!
The Beyond Burger
Amatista’s Beyond Burger is not one to miss! This plant-based burger comes with a dairy-free cashew aioli, avocado, and vegan cheese…all on a vegan bun!
Pro Tip: Order on a bed of lettuce and skip the bun for less carbs or to accommodate gluten-free and grain-free eating.
Ahi Tuna Bowl
A delicious and refreshing dish, this bowl has jasmine rice with hearts of palm and cilantro tomato coconut sauce topped with a pan seared tuna filet and a side of fennel apple slaw.
Mixed lettuce and herbs, tomato, cucumber, carrots, olives, pickles, and pepperoncini… pretty much all of the things I love in a salad.
Yes, I’m aware that this is simply a serving of fruit on the menu… so it really doesn’t need to be highlighted, BUT, I loved the fact that you can order these poolside to stay cool!
Build your own Salads & Wraps
Choose your base, 5 delicious toppings, a protein, and a delicious dressing like the Champagne-Honey Vinaigrette!
60 South Salmon
Yes, I’ll take my salmon with a rooftop view. Good for the body and the soul. The 60 South salmon is topped with a gremolata, a fresh green sauce made of vitamin-rich parsley, garlic, and lemon.
Pro Tip: Parsley contains vitamins A, C, and K!
Breakfast baked goods got an upgrade!
TB (Turkey Burger)
Stop by Pier 8 Market for a turkey burger topped with cranberry mayo, swiss cheese and apple slaw, all on a toasted bun.
Pro Tip: The turkey burger is a lean protein option compared to a hamburger and is low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Ask for no bun and for twice the apple slaw for a grain-free and gluten-free delight.
Plant-Based Banh Mi Burger
Vegetarian patty topped with house pickled cucumber and carrots, cabbage, and cilantro with a sriracha spread on a toasted bun.
This is just a small sample of the amazing healthier and allergen friendly meal options at Universal Orlando Resort. Remember the best way to find the right meals for you is to email Food.Allergy@universalorlando.com prior to your trip for assistance in planning your meals around your dietary restrictions or allergies. I did this and the Team Members were extremely helpful!
Stay tuned! Menus are updated seasonally to ensure fresh, forward thinking, and guarantee sustainable options continue to make their way to the table all year round.
*Additional charges may apply for substitutions.
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