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Eat This: Our Favorite Places to Eat Healthy Around Dallas

 

We love a good Whataburger run as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s necessary to tap the brakes and make some healthier decisions. And thankfully there are plenty of places in the Metroplex to help us keep our diets, New Year resolutions, and part-time healthy eating habits in check.

Flower Child | 5450 W. Lovers Lane #133

This Houston transplant offers up a ton of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options via salads, wraps, and bowls. Be sure to try the Indian Spiced Cauliflower with turmeric, date, and almond, along with their tasty (gluten-free!) mac and cheese.

Snap Kitchen | Multiple locations

Head to one of their multiple Metroplex locations for fresh dishes made from scratch like chicken sausage breakfast tacos and crunchy coconut shrimp. And if you’re facing a hectic work week, be sure to look into their meal subscriptions to ensure that you’re staying on-track and out of the drive-thru lane.

Unleavened | Multiple locations

With four locations around DFW, this fast-casual spot makes it easy to start the day off right. Order breakfast hash (the vegetarian Market Fresh is a must) and grab a wrap for lunch later.

Tribal All Day Cafe | 263 N. Bishop Ave.

Chances are, you’ve probably already seen this gorgeous cafe on your Instagram feed. Serving up breakfast, salads, sandwiches, wraps and the freshest juice, this Chickasaw-owned Oak Cliff spot has a little bit of something for everyone.

El Palote Panaderia | 2537 S. Buckner Boulevard

Let’s be real here — eating healthy or not, we still need tacos in our diets. Thankfully there’s El Palote, Dallas’ only vegan Mexican restaurant. Besides vegan baked goods, El Palote serves vegan tacos, burritos, tortas, flautas, enchiladas and barbecue sandwiches, as well as tamale plates and menudo on the weekends.

True Food | 8383 Preston Center Plaza #100

Perhaps the healthiest brunch menu in Dallas, this place will make you feel like you’re cheating on your diet. There are also plenty of options for lunch and dinner but dieting or not, brunch is where it’s at.

Cosmic Cafe | 2912 Oak Lawn Ave.

Huffington Post names this place among the 10 healthiest restaurants in the country and for good reason. This vegetarian restaurant/meditation center’s menu is full of goodness for the body and the mind. Try the Taco Trinity, a taco plate full of the freshest vegetables, or a No-Bull burger, AKA the best veggie burger in Dallas.

Bread Zeppelin | 1300 Main St.

For those of us that can’t even fathom a GF diet (but would still like to make healthier choices), there’s Bread Zeppelin. Once you’ve customized your salad, it’s placed inside a toasted locally-made baguette. Truly genius. And for those of us going without grain, they also offer bowls.

Start Restaurant | 4814 Greenville Ave.

There may be a drive-thru lane, but don’t let that fool you. The organic and all-natural menu offers up plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, along with plenty of goodness for the kiddos.

Bellagreen | 8041 Walnut Hill Lane #810

Another chain from Houston, Bellagreen makes healthy-yet-indulgent dishes like pizza, burgers and pastas. Nearly everything can be done gluten-free, and when pies like The Fig & Pig with fig jam, mozzarella, parmesan, goat cheese and prosciutto are on the menu, we’ll eat “healthy” all day.