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14 Excellent Healthy Restaurants in Houston

Satisfy hungry bellys with much more than salads

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The Harvest Salad from Local Foods
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Now that the new year is officially in full swing, it’s easy to fall back into old habits and keep eating the same old boring food that’s been keeping you sustained throughout the pandemic.

But fortunately, there are a slew of Houston restaurants that keep things fresh and interesting with dishes that boast tons of nutrient-packed ingredients. “Healthy” doesn’t have a single definition — for some, that means eating a paleo diet while others are totally vegetarian — but these restaurants boast a slew of dishes that will nourish both your body and your taste buds.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Verdine

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Craveable plates like cheeseburgers, hot chicken sandwiches and short ribs are made sans meat at this all-vegan establishment, making it a regular haunt for health nuts. There are savory carnitas made with slow-cooked pulled jackfruit, an eggplant parmigiana pizza built on a cauliflower crust, and sweet potato fries presented with house-made raisin-sweetened organic ketchup. Visit eatverdine.com to order online.

Dish Society

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Partnering up with local purveyors and farm friends, Dish Society offers an always-fresh array of options for breakfast all day, lunch and dinner. The vegetarian tacos are tasty with balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, cabbage slaw and pickled onion, but can be kicked up a notch with a plant-based protein. Add a juice or elixir — the Beets by Dish is crimson in color and bold in flavor with fresh beet, carrot, orange and ginger.

Flower Child

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Flower Child gives new meaning to the term “power lunch,” with its menu of salads, bowls and wraps packed with super food ingredients like organic kale, avocado, sweet potato, pink grapefruit and more. There is the spicy “Forbidden Rice” bowl with black pearl, red japonica, bok choy, broccoli, carrot, onion, toasted sesame and red chili hoisin, while the Mother Earth is hearty with ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onion, leafy greens and hemp seed with a red pepper miso vinaigrette. Order online through Doordash.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

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It’s easy to lose track of time roaming the aisles within Phoenicia Specialty Foods, but don’t sleep on its impressive deli, which boasts a number of fresh eats like stuffed vegetarian and beef grape leaves, tabouli, babaganouj, cabbage salad, lentil soup and falafel plates made to order. Visit phoeniciafoods.com to order online.

True Food Kitchen

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There are lots of guilt-free plates to choose from at True Food Kitchen, where salads, grain bowls, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The spaghetti squash casserole is a meatless favorite while the chicken parmesan is presented with grilled chicken and a side of roasted vegetables. Visit truefoodkitchen.com to order online.

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Adair Kitchen

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Family-owned Adair Kitchen is a neighborhood gem, offering a warmth and comfort to its regulars like few restaurants can. Its menu of honest eats makes it a top notch dining destination for fresh and healthy eats. Find lean turkey meatloaf, a number of bowls — from roasted veggies to tuna poke — and a fresh juice bar.

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Vibrant

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If you’re a first timer, it may be wise to research Vibrant ahead of your visit — the restaurant is gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free. With that said, don’t be deterred; in fact, explore the various items on its all day menu like blue masa pancakes topped with blueberry compote, golden bone broth soup with turmeric and ginger or a bagel with herbed macadamia cashew cheese. Visit wearevibrant.com to order online. 

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sweetgreen

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There are bowls a’plenty at Sweet Green, and they are loaded with health food goodness. Try the Harvest Bowl with roasted chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, apples, goat cheese, roasted almonds, warm wild rice, shredded kale and balsamic vinaigrette or the Shroomami, made sans meat, with roasted sesame tofu, warm portobello mix, raw beets, cucumbers, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, warm wild rice, shredded kale and miso sesame ginger dressing. Visit sweetgreen.com to order online.

Earthcraft Juicery

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Juices and smoothies can make a great post-work out snack, but for when you need to carb-load and refuel, Earthcraft Juicery offers toasts and power bowls for just the occasion. The rainbow avocado toast stacks avocado, blueberry, hemp seeds and microgreens on seeded toast, while the hearty hummus pairs house hummus with turmeric root, cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds. Call 832-516-9050 to order.

Bebidas

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Come for a juice or smoothie, and stay for a snack under the shade of the towering oak trees outside Bebidas, where items like the slow-roasted turkey sandwich on seedful bread can be substituted for curried tofu.

bellagreen

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There is simply no excuse to not enjoy eating clean when there is a place like bellagreen. The menu is vast, and with options like high-protein hempanadas made with gluten-free high protein hemp flour. Try the spicy grilled fish tacos on corn tortillas or the veggie wrap with house-made chickpea hummus, and if you’ve got room, add on sauteed cauliflower or a quinoa salad.

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HS Green Fresh Food Kitchen

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Lunch is given new life at this fast casual counter service café where the all-day menu includes a long list of protein-filled salads and wraps, alongside turkey chili, grilled chicken habanero tacos, and a grilled salmon filet with sides. Have to eat and run? Grab a cold-pressed juice or fruit smoothie to-go. Visit hsgreen.menu.com to order online.

green seed vegan

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At this all-vegan restaurant with lots of soy-free and gluten-free options, you can opt to dip your toe in and sample paninis with vegan cheese or a grilled portabella cheesesteak, or dive right in and try some all-the-way-raw vegan selections like the Tigerbowl with zucchini spirals and kelp noodles over microgreens and sprouts tossed in almond sauce.

Local Foods Rice Village

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With much of the meat, bread and produce sourced from local partners, Local Foods is the home of feel good food. For traditionalists, there are the good ol’ standbys like the Asian chicken salad and the garden sandwich loaded with crisp veggies. And for those seeking something new, try the Winter Harvest salad, a gluten-free and vegetarian mix of greens, roasted beets, Texas goat cheese, brussels sprouts, Delicata squash, pomegranate, toasted Texas pecans and fresh herb vinaigrette. Visit localfoodstx.com to order online.

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Verdine

Craveable plates like cheeseburgers, hot chicken sandwiches and short ribs are made sans meat at this all-vegan establishment, making it a regular haunt for health nuts. There are savory carnitas made with slow-cooked pulled jackfruit, an eggplant parmigiana pizza built on a cauliflower crust, and sweet potato fries presented with house-made raisin-sweetened organic ketchup. Visit eatverdine.com to order online.

Dish Society

Partnering up with local purveyors and farm friends, Dish Society offers an always-fresh array of options for breakfast all day, lunch and dinner. The vegetarian tacos are tasty with balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, cabbage slaw and pickled onion, but can be kicked up a notch with a plant-based protein. Add a juice or elixir — the Beets by Dish is crimson in color and bold in flavor with fresh beet, carrot, orange and ginger.

Flower Child

Flower Child gives new meaning to the term “power lunch,” with its menu of salads, bowls and wraps packed with super food ingredients like organic kale, avocado, sweet potato, pink grapefruit and more. There is the spicy “Forbidden Rice” bowl with black pearl, red japonica, bok choy, broccoli, carrot, onion, toasted sesame and red chili hoisin, while the Mother Earth is hearty with ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onion, leafy greens and hemp seed with a red pepper miso vinaigrette. Order online through Doordash.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

It’s easy to lose track of time roaming the aisles within Phoenicia Specialty Foods, but don’t sleep on its impressive deli, which boasts a number of fresh eats like stuffed vegetarian and beef grape leaves, tabouli, babaganouj, cabbage salad, lentil soup and falafel plates made to order. Visit phoeniciafoods.com to order online.

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen [Official Photo]

There are lots of guilt-free plates to choose from at True Food Kitchen, where salads, grain bowls, pizzas, burgers and sandwiches include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The spaghetti squash casserole is a meatless favorite while the chicken parmesan is presented with grilled chicken and a side of roasted vegetables. Visit truefoodkitchen.com to order online.

True Food Kitchen [Official Photo]

Adair Kitchen

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Family-owned Adair Kitchen is a neighborhood gem, offering a warmth and comfort to its regulars like few restaurants can. Its menu of honest eats makes it a top notch dining destination for fresh and healthy eats. Find lean turkey meatloaf, a number of bowls — from roasted veggies to tuna poke — and a fresh juice bar.

Adair Kitchen/Facebook

Vibrant

Photo by April Valencia

If you’re a first timer, it may be wise to research Vibrant ahead of your visit — the restaurant is gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free. With that said, don’t be deterred; in fact, explore the various items on its all day menu like blue masa pancakes topped with blueberry compote, golden bone broth soup with turmeric and ginger or a bagel with herbed macadamia cashew cheese. Visit wearevibrant.com to order online. 

Photo by April Valencia

sweetgreen

There are bowls a’plenty at Sweet Green, and they are loaded with health food goodness. Try the Harvest Bowl with roasted chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, apples, goat cheese, roasted almonds, warm wild rice, shredded kale and balsamic vinaigrette or the Shroomami, made sans meat, with roasted sesame tofu, warm portobello mix, raw beets, cucumbers, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, warm wild rice, shredded kale and miso sesame ginger dressing. Visit sweetgreen.com to order online.

Earthcraft Juicery

Juices and smoothies can make a great post-work out snack, but for when you need to carb-load and refuel, Earthcraft Juicery offers toasts and power bowls for just the occasion. The rainbow avocado toast stacks avocado, blueberry, hemp seeds and microgreens on seeded toast, while the hearty hummus pairs house hummus with turmeric root, cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds. Call 832-516-9050 to order.

Bebidas

Come for a juice or smoothie, and stay for a snack under the shade of the towering oak trees outside Bebidas, where items like the slow-roasted turkey sandwich on seedful bread can be substituted for curried tofu.

bellagreen

Bellagreen [Official Photo]

There is simply no excuse to not enjoy eating clean when there is a place like bellagreen. The menu is vast, and with options like high-protein hempanadas made with gluten-free high protein hemp flour. Try the spicy grilled fish tacos on corn tortillas or the veggie wrap with house-made chickpea hummus, and if you’ve got room, add on sauteed cauliflower or a quinoa salad.

Bellagreen [Official Photo]

HS Green Fresh Food Kitchen

Lunch is given new life at this fast casual counter service café where the all-day menu includes a long list of protein-filled salads and wraps, alongside turkey chili, grilled chicken habanero tacos, and a grilled salmon filet with sides. Have to eat and run? Grab a cold-pressed juice or fruit smoothie to-go. Visit hsgreen.menu.com to order online.

green seed vegan

At this all-vegan restaurant with lots of soy-free and gluten-free options, you can opt to dip your toe in and sample paninis with vegan cheese or a grilled portabella cheesesteak, or dive right in and try some all-the-way-raw vegan selections like the Tigerbowl with zucchini spirals and kelp noodles over microgreens and sprouts tossed in almond sauce.

Local Foods Rice Village

Local Foods/Facebook

With much of the meat, bread and produce sourced from local partners, Local Foods is the home of feel good food. For traditionalists, there are the good ol’ standbys like the Asian chicken salad and the garden sandwich loaded with crisp veggies. And for those seeking something new, try the Winter Harvest salad, a gluten-free and vegetarian mix of greens, roasted beets, Texas goat cheese, brussels sprouts, Delicata squash, pomegranate, toasted Texas pecans and fresh herb vinaigrette. Visit localfoodstx.com to order online.

Local Foods/Facebook

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