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Discover Healthy Restaurants in Tuscaloosa

Want a mouth watering meal while keeping calories low? Try out these Tuscaloosa spots for a healthy meal.

Once upon a time, when food was referred to as "healthy," it was considered code for "tasteless." Fast-forward to the 21st century, when "healthy" and "flavorful" are no longer mutually exclusive. Our real estate agents enjoy delicious, guilt-free meals at these wonderful restaurants in Tuscaloosa and think you should explore them too.

  1. Frutta Bowls - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 436, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Described as a smoothie you eat instead of drink, açai bowls opened up tasty new horizons in healthy eating. Frutta Bowls in Midtown Tuscaloosa incorporates options such as dragon fruit, kale, and oatmeal for added variety. The base of your choice is piled high with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, honey, and other delicious toppings. Complete your order with a cup of freshly-brewed organic coffee from Golden Valley Farms. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

  2. Sitar Indian Cuisine - 500 - 15th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Creative use of seasonings adds depth and flavor to food without resorting to high-fat sauces, ingredients, or preparations. At Sitar Indian Cuisine, classic dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Shrimp Vindaloo are served with your desired level of heat. Their Thali lunch special may be the best meal deal around Tuscaloosa homes for sale. Get four main dishes (vegetarian or non-vegetarian), basmati rice, bread, pakora, dessert, and a drink for only $11.95. Order online for speedy pickup. Sitar is open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. every day but Monday.

  3. Tazikis Mediterranean Café - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 300, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    With its emphasis on fish, olive oil, and fresh fruits and vegetables, the Mediterranean diet has gained popularity for its heart-healthy benefits. Dine at Tazikis Mediterranean Café and you're likely to become a convert as well. Made-to-order gyros come in 10 different choices, and lots of customers come back for the grilled salmon. After a long day at work, call ahead for one of their family feasts-to-go that serves four to eight people. Tazikis is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. except Sunday, when closing time is 8 p.m.

  4. Chicken Salad Chick - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 308, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Google "chicken salad" and an endless list of recipes will pop up. Once Stacy Brown's version received the seal of approval from family and friends, she was on the way from a humble at-home business to Chicken Salad Chick. The flavors featured at the restaurant, including Cranberry Kelli and Lauryn's Lemon Basil, are named after real "chicks" in Stacy's life who have inspired and influenced her. At Chicken Salad Chick, "the secret ingredient is always love." Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  5. Edgar's Bakery - 1653 McFarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    From custom-designed cakes for a birthday party to snacks and veggie trays for Iron Bowl weekend, treats from Edgar's Bakery have been a part of local celebrations since 1998. In addition to catering, Edgar's offers a wide range of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items that can be ordered ahead on their website. Pick up a Spicy Eggacado Sandwich or Edgar's Reuben for a day of viewing Northport homes for sale. Edgar's is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Want more reasons why Tuscaloosa is a great place to call home? Contact us at Hamner Real Estate for the inside scoop.


How to Make The Most of Your Attic Storage

Your attic can be a great place for storage. Follow these tips to do attic storage right.

If your home is lacking storage space, it's time to turn to your attic. The attic is an underutilized storage spot for many homeowners, and our real estate agents know that a space with lots of storage potential appeals to prospective buyers. Here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of your attic storage. 

Confirm That Your Attic is a Safe Spot

You don't want to spend your time and resources creating an organizational system in your attic, only to have your belongings ruined by a leaky roof or undesirable climate conditions. Check that your roof doesn't have leaks. If it does, items in your attic are highly susceptible. Look for stains on the ceiling and rotting wood that are indicative of a leak. 

Next, see that your attic doesn't have high humidity levels or condensation. Any fans that vent through your attic should vent outside, not into your attic. Otherwise, moist air from your bathrooms will accumulate in your attic. Excessive amounts of condensation may mean that your attic requires more insulation to produce a more climate-controlled environment. 

Research the Weight Capacity of Your Floors and Ceilings

It's important to determine how much weight your attic floors and ceiling can safely support. A qualified contractor can help you figure this out. Attics that consist of small boards or joists may have lower-than-desirable weight capacities; it's possible to reinforce attics in a home so you can store heavier items or support the weight of multiple people. 

Make the Space Efficient

Keep your attic storage area organized with an efficient organizational system. It doesn't need to be fancy; shelving attached to the wall provides a place to display labeled containers. Or, you might add wardrobe bags from your beams to house out-of-season items. Another possibility is to install hanging shelves to house smaller items. 

Lightweight plastic totes are another terrific option for housing similar items together. However, avoid stacking these totes on top of each other. This adds a lot of weight to your floors and makes it difficult to spot damage from insects or excessive moisture. Also, opt for transparent bins, and see that you label what's inside of each one. Try to store similar items together.

Revamp Your Attic's Stairs

Buyers interested in Northport homes for sale will appreciate an attic that they can easily access and transport items to. If your attic doesn't have a dedicated staircase, invest in pull-down stairs that are accessible without a stepladder. Stick with stairs that are wide, sturdy, easy to climb, and capable of supporting a reasonable amount of weight. If you struggle to lift heavy boxes into your attic, consider installing a DIY pulley system or sliding box support. There are a few options available that make it much easier to move bulky pieces.

Want a home that gives your family more space for storage? Contact us today to get started!

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