Where to Find the Best Healthy Eats in Dallas
October 25, 2018
BY CAROLINE CLAUNCH
We have gone all around town searching for the healthiest (and tastiest) eats! In a city defined by its Southern food, tacos and BBQ, it can be hard to eat healthy, but sprinkled throughout, there are several gems that offer food that’s just as delicious for our tastebuds as it is for our bodies! Check out our choices below!
With a location in Thanksgiving Tower and a brand new location at Preston Center, Gather Kitchen provides fast food for any diet, whether it be Whole 30, paleo, vegetarian, or vegan. Their offerings include lunch or dinner bowls, snack bowls if you’re feeling on the lighter side, and lots of healthy sweets to choose from! Their Mexican Sweet Potato bowl will likely become a new fall favorite for me, and their Quinoa Pesto Bowl still has me guessing how they made their vegan pesto taste so amazing. My favorite: their vegan brownies--one of the best brownies I’ve had hands down!
lala’s Mexican cafe
When you think of Mexican, you usually don’t think healthy. Enter Lala’s Mexican Cafe in Preston Center, changing the notion that you can’t eat quality, and healthy Mexican food. From jicama tacos to zucchini-wrapped enchiladas to a completely vegan menu, Lala’s has all your traditional dishes with a healthy spin. And everything is non-GMO so no unhealthy greases will be oozing off the sides of your meals…everything is fresh and delicious!
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Located in Lakewood and now Snider Plaza, Unleavened serves as a great spot for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can choose from a variety of flavorful food combinations (all of which are gluten free!) that can be placed in either a wrap or over a bed of greens. My personal favorite is the Clubhouse over greens. I’ve never particularly raved about a salad, but that one blew my expectations out of the water! With so many different and innovative flavors included on the menu, Unleavened is the fun and exciting healthy restaurant you’ve been waiting to try!
Mudhen meat and greens
Dubbed Dallas’ best farm-to-table restaurant, Mudhen Meat & Greens delivers on their promise of providing food to those who strive to eat the best food for their body and mind. Situated right next to the Dallas Farmers Market, Mudhen makes for a great place to enjoy brunch after perusing the market. Mudhen not only caters to the classic gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian bunch, but also has options for the keto crowd on both their food menu and brunch menu!
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Using 100% fresh and local ingredients, Flower Child caters to any healthy eater from vegan to paleo--and doesn’t skimp on the quality! With a variety of salads, wraps, bowls and plates to choose from, there’s something different to try every time. And the colorful interior makes it hard to not snatch an Insta pic while you’re there!
If you’re looking for the best, healthy place to get brunch, look no further. Company Cafe doesn’t just offer brunch on the weekends--they offer it seven days a week! Company Cafe also serves lunches and dinners, all with a farm-to-table philosophy, so you know your food comes from an ethical source.
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True food kitchen
Founded by health guru Dr. Andrew Weil on the principles of his popular anti-inflammatory diet, True Food Kitchen serves as a restaurant to help nourish its customers from the inside out and help them live their healthiest lives. True Food can customize your dish however you want in order to fit your dietary preference perfectly. With all menu items made from seasonal ingredients and inspired by the time of year, there’s always something different to try!
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Titled one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Dallas by many sources, Kalachandji’s goes back in time to the ancient recipes and traditions of Indian food. They implement Ayurvedic principles in their cooking to make their food not only good for your body but also your mind and spirit. If you’re looking for a different take on vegetarian food, stop by and try!
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Located across from Baylor Medical Center, Grabbagreen is a great option if you’re looking for healthy food to grab on the go. Their main menu items include bowls, with either a rice base or greens base, and wraps as well as smoothies, juices, and acai bowls. All the menu items are made fresh, and if you order online ahead of time, you can get in and out the door with pick-up.
Founded by Leslie Needham and Kathryn Bass, The Gem is the place to go to for optimum fresh-pressed juices and smoothies that use high quality and organic ingredients. After Needham was diagnosed with breast cancer, she went on a mission to research the best nutrition that would help heal her body. Their two tasty go-to juices are the Green Glow and the Radiant Glow, but there are different juices for a variety of tastes - including one with jalapeno if you’re looking for spicy! Between their colorful interior filled with fun disco vibes and the tasty drinks, you’ll leave feeling all kinds of groovy.
A truly unique restaurant, Nazca Kitchen’s South American cuisine merges with healthy offerings to provide a different kind of dining experience. We recommend trying any of the Butter Leaf tacos or the super tender Nazca Roasted Half Chicken. And for dessert, a favorite and specialty of theirs is the Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Mousse, a definite must-try!
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Vegetarians rejoice! Featured as one of the restaurants in HuffPost’s “10 Of The Country’s Healthiest Restaurants,” Cosmic Cafe offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan fare, taking their inspiration from multiple cultures and cuisines. The food isn’t the only great part about this place, as their actual restaurant is decorated in beautiful colors on the inside and outside. And, if you wanted to, you could sneak upstairs to experience one of their yoga or meditation sessions after a meal.
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With poke eateries becoming more popular, especially in Dallas, Malibu Poke doesn’t shy away from offering the best. Serving top sashimi-grade fish, freshly made sauces and toppings sourced from local farms, Malibu Poke truly fulfills their mission of providing “a better bowl of poke.”
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tribal all day cafe
What started as fresh pressed juice has turned into an adorable cafe in Bishop Arts serving us up healthy breakfast, lunches and dinners! The ingredients are of the best quality and locally sourced and in fact, they say it best: “Our local farm friends raise cage free eggs and sustainable cheeses from happy chickens and cows. We are inspired by seasonality and conscience consumption. We believe in nourishment and quality over any exclusive diet. There is a plate at the table for everyone, we invite you to come eat with us.”
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brewed + pressed
If you’re up on the latest and greatest health food, this place is definitely for you. Brewed + Pressed is your typical coffee shop, just taken one step further. In addition to coffee and tea, they serve up shakes and juices using superfood ingredients, like pumpkin seed milk or blue majik. They also have breakfast items, vegetarian bowls, and sweets to choose from, all of which use nutrient-dense ingredients. You know that you’ll be feeling better from the inside out when you leave here.
Truly a dream for vegans and healthy eaters around, the Dream Cafe offers a breakfast and brunch menu that caters to all types of food preferences. While they can swap out regular cheese on an omelette for soy cheese, or regular sausage for veggie sausage, they’re 100% consistent in using organic and local ingredients in addition to hormone-free meat. If you’re not too hungry, order the yogurt, granola, or oatmeal with scrambled egg whites and veggie sausage. If you’re feeling a little more indulgent, their Cloud Cakes, Cinnamon Snails, or Granola-Crusted French Toast will certainly satisfy.