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Finding Healthy Fare in Houston

Finding-Healthy-Fare-in-HoustonHouston is known for its diverse culinary scene, and there’s certainly no shortage of restaurants to choose from when dining out. From deep southern comfort food to ethnic food that suits any and every palate, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re craving when dining out in the big city. But what if you’re looking for healthy fare that will satisfy your taste buds without wrecking your waistline? Fear not, calorie-conscious diners, because Houston has you covered there, too! Check out these 10 restaurants that are known for serving up meals loaded with flavor and easy on the calories.

1. Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen’s motto is one that any healthy diner can get behind: Eat right. Feel great. Live well! And boy do they deliver. Patrons can order a variety of fresh salads that are mixed to order while you wait or you can choose pre-portioned meals that come in small, medium or large containers based on your hunger.  You can also snag fresh pressed juices and even do one of their juice cleanses.  With six locations around the Houston area, you’re sure to find a Snap Kitchen close to you.

2. Zoe’s Kitchen

Zoe’s Kitchen stands by a commitment to freshness when it comes to their meals, and has fresh ingredients delivered daily so you’re guaranteed only the best. This unique Mediterranean restaurant doesn’t even have a microwave on the premise! Their food philosophy? “If it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food today.” Visit one of their 12 locations around the Houston area and surrounding cities to taste their flavorful, healthy dishes.

3.  My Fit Foods

For a healthy meal fast look no further than My Fit Foods. With 25 locations in Houston, there are no shortages of places to drop in for quick, healthy fare. The meals at My Fit Foods are perfectly portioned out into to-go containers so you can just grab and go, bringing a healthy twist to traditional fast food. The restaurants even have nutrition coaches you can talk with to help determine your dietary needs. Looking for a way to kick start your weight loss? Try their 21 day challenge, where chefs and nutrition coaches will design a customized food plan for you to follow for three straight weeks.

4. Good to Go

If you’re looking for fast, healthy fare in the Katy area, you’re in for a treat with Good to Go. Another healthy twist on fast food, this restaurant’s menu is packed with delicious and nutritious choices. They’ll even customize a food plan for you and your family if you’re looking to embark on the journey to health. Craving a fresh-pressed juice? Good to Go will blend one up for you, either from their juice menu or based on your own fruit and veggie preferences. “Doing good to our bodies and our earth.” Now that’s a good tagline!

5. Barnaby’s Café

This quirky café with its trademark dog is native to Houston and known for its stellar breakfast and brunch options. But that’s not all it offers; you can dine in for lunch, dinner and even a good glass of wine, too – they even have their own private label wine! And if you’re saving all your calories for a decadent dessert, well, you’ve come to the right place. After dining on anything from salads to homemade lasagna to vegetarian fare, try a slice of their big carrot cake or the best chocolate chip cookie. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely enjoy your dining experience at Barnaby’s.

6. Hobbit Café

Tucked away in the heart of Upper Kirby, this little restaurant is a hidden gem that’s been serving up the Houston area since 1972. In fact, if you didn’t know it was there, you probably wouldn’t even notice it, but once you dine here, you’re sure to come back. What started as a strictly vegetarian restaurant has evolved over the years and the menu is now filled with unique foods, craft beers and wines, so there’s something to please everyone. And if you’re looking for a great little venue to hang out at during brunch at on the weekends, Hobbit Café is a must.

7.  Ruggles Green

The self-proclaimed “greenest restaurant in Texas,” Ruggles Green has made its mark on the healthy eating market in Houston by serving food made only from the highest quality, organic, local ingredients. They’ve even been awarded 4 Star Certification by the Green Restaurant Association. Customers can enjoy a variety of appetizers, salads, wood-fired pizzas and more with the knowledge that the food they’re consuming is fresh and healthy. You can even indulge in a glass of organic wine!

8. Harvest Organic Grille

The concept behind Harvest Organic Grille is simple – provide patrons “…with a delicious dining experience comprised of healthy, natural, sustainable, and fresh ingredients.” Following a strict diet or suffering from a food allergy? That’s no problem here, as Harvest Organic Grille offers an extensive list of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options.

9. Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

Anyone looking for a restaurant that is 100% vegan needs to look no further than Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine. Known for putting a vegan spin on classic Chinese dishes, diners can enjoy unique meals like Kung Pao vegan chicken and sesame vegan chicken. The restaurant is set up buffet style, so you can pick and choose from a variety of dishes, but also offers entrees off a standard menu if buffets aren’t your cup of tea.

10. Salad Extraveganza

Despite the name, you aren’t limited to only salads at Salad Extraveganza – you can enjoy custom made wraps, too. Salads and wraps are custom built for you from over 70 different toppings, making each creation uniquely your own. The restaurant is also known for its bright, funky, colorful décor, and they even offer free yoga classes every Saturday morning, marrying health food, fitness and fun – and isn’t that what being healthy is all about?


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