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Obesity has been on the rise in Indiana, and it was recently named the eighth most obese state in the country in a report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Also, many people will be looking to cut calories after the massive meals of the holiday season. Largely for these two reasons, restaurants with healthier food options could become more attractive in the weeks to come.

Many restaurants serve great food, but may not necessarily be the best places to go if you’re trying to resist the temptation to eat a slab of meat, a bucket of fries or a hunk of cake.

If you need an affordable, fun place to enjoy healthy, but satisfactory selections, then Ripple Bagel & Deli is the answer.

Established by Ken and Susan Richman in 2003, the deli is located in the city’s Broad Ripple area and has built a growing base of loyal customers who keep coming back for its signature steamed sandwiches.

The Richmans say their establishment is one of a few – if not the only – place in the area that provides steamed sandwiches, a concept they borrowed from the popular Bagel & Deli at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Advocates of this approach maintain that steaming the bagel and its toppings, as opposed to typical over cooking, melds together the different flavors without sacrificing any richness of their taste.

Ripple Bagel & Deli specializes in sandwiches that are made out of large bagels that can be topped with an impressive variety of choices. You will notice a seemingly endless number of sandwich combinations.

First, patrons can select the type of bagel they would like (with options ranging from blueberry and cinnamon raisin, to garlic and sun-dried tomato), as well as cream cheese, which can range from anything from strawberry and chipotle to hummus and spinach.

Then customers can choose the kind of meat they would like to have. Your meat choice can be combined with vegetables and various condiments.

Popular signature selections include the Indy 500 breakfast sandwich with ham, a scrambled egg, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese; the Trojan Horse with roast beef, smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and horseradish; and the David Letterman, which has salami, cream cheese, lettuce and tomato on a sesame bagel.

Also available are other special treats such as an authentic Chicago hot dog, fresh cut salads, a variety of homemade soups, biscuits and gravy for breakfast and 40 different types of beverages.

For those who want to have a more sensible diet or even forgo processed meat, more than a dozen fulfilling vegetable options are available.

No matter what your dietary needs are or what your taste may be, get prepared for an exciting culinary experience that will help you “eat to live, not live to eat,” at Ripple Bagel and Deli.

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