Alright guys… as much as my blog name precedes me (and my undying love for fried chicken and spaghetti is unreal), I can’t eat like that everyday. I’m sharing my favorite healthy restaurants in Dallas. Boy do I miss those college days when my meals were mostly garbage i.e. fries, pizza, tacos, chicken nuggets, and soda. Throughout the week, I try to eat pretty healthy. Key word being try. It’s more than just balance or moderation. It’s a lifestyle choice. It matters what I put into my body and how it makes me feel. Nothing worse then feeling sluggish when I have the rest of my day ahead of me. Fortunately for the Dallas food scene, there are way more healthy options than there used to be. Here are some of my favorite places to grab a meal when I’m on-the-go or if I’m meeting someone for lunch.
Currently the latest hot spot for lunch. It’s the cutest restaurant in the Inwood/Lover’s area. I’m obsessed with their Mother Earth bowl with Salmon. They have a pretty decent variety including salads, wraps, bowls, and more. They also have a good number of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options as well. The name Flower Child should clue you in on the ultra hippie vibe. I recommend going for an early lunch, say 11 or 1130a, because that line will seriously go out the door. They pride themselves in locally sourcing organic ingredients and farm raised animals.
Address: Inwood Village 5450 W. Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas 75209
Love this place. It’s a Latin-American restaurant and I always go for the roasted half chicken. It’s so good and you definitely get the bang for your buck. Order it with a side salad and the butternut squash. Or the fish tacos. Can’t go wrong with those either. They just opened their second location in West Village and I will be there ALL THE DANG TIME!
Address: Dallas: 8041 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 854, Dallas, TX 75231 West Village: 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
In the heart of Lakewood, Unleavened Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant that serves tons of healthy options. I’m obsessed with their Unleavened chicken salad bowl. You can have this as a wrap as well. Lots of delicious options and cute spot for brunch too. There’s plenty of parking. They have bowls, wraps, and salads mostly. You can check out their menu here.
Address: 1900 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX 75214
Who doesn’t love Eatzi’s. It’s like a smaller, cooler Central Market. There’s a chef’s case where you can create your meal and heat it up or even order in bulk to go. You’ll find things like grilled chicken, turkey meatloaf, sliced cuts of meat, seafood, all kinds of sides and more. Usually for lunch, most people hit up the sandwich and salad bar or the hot grill for the special of the day. You can also pick up pre-packaged salads or meals in the cooler section. The hardest part is avoiding the bakery section. There are a handful of locations in Dallas.
Address: 3403 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, TX 75219
I’ve noticed most salad places are expensive. It’s annoying especially when you’re trying to eat healthier, but don’t want to burn a hole through your wallet for it. Snappy Salads is my favorite place for salads and the best place to make your dollar go the farthest. The portions are ridiculous. I would recommend getting a half salad or even a mini. I always kill the half because I need the volume and their salads are delicious. Aside from this grilled avocado salad, I like building my own then going super light on the dressing.
If you’ve been keeping up with me on Insta, I’ve been here way to many times. Seriously obsessed with Pok the Raw Bar. It’s basically a sushi bowl but way better! I always get their spicy ponzu tuna bowl. For the base, you can choose from citrus kale, cauli-rice, bamboo rice and one other. I usually opt for half bamboo rice and half citrus kale. Add the crispy onions for texture. It can get expensive here, but it’s so good. If you feel like splurging, grab one of their matcha latte’s too.
Address: 3699 McKinney Ave #306, Dallas, TX 75204
Modern Market is another awesome fast-casual concept with healthy options. They are a Denver-based company that touts artisan-fare and food made from scratch. The nutritional information is easy to spot on the menu and they print out the macros on your receipt. I love their beef salad. Definitely one of my favorite options there. There are a couple of locations around Dallas and you can find yours here.
Freshii is another fast-casual option I like to recommend. Great spot for lunch if you’re in a hurry and need something to-go! Everything is made is from scratch and totally customizable for any dietary needs. They also have a pretty large menu with lots of options and changing seasonal items too. Freshii is also super conscious about their carbon footprint and they also have a philanthropic aspect to their company which I admire. If you buy certain items, portion of those proceeds benefit their designated charity.
Mudhen is a delicious spot in the Farmer’s Market. They aren’t classified as a “healthy” restaurant, but there are a lot of delicious and healthy options to choose from. I like building my own bowl with the bison meatloaf as the star. They do have odd hours during the week, open only during the day for lunch. The weekend is when this place is poppin! Huge space, beer garden, and lots of food.
Address: 900 S. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201
I’m obsessed with Verts and their bowls. It’s SO good. I like to describe them as a Chipotle-version of Mediterranean food or a healthier Halal Guys. Their meats have good flavor and I have control over what goes into my meal. I like building my bowls or getting one of their chef creations. Make sure to tell them to go light on the sauces or get it on the side. Some have a heavy hand. I believe if you download their app, your first meal is free. There are seven locations in DFW, and you find the closest one to you here. I typically hit up the SMU location because they don’t skimp on portions.
That’s right. I recommended a dessert place. I’m throwing Frost in here because if you HAVE to have dessert, their gelato has less calories than other gelato or ice cream places. Each scoop is less than 200 calories and you can check out their nutritional info here. I had a hard time believing it myself. Don’t quote me on this, but I don’t think they use eggs or milk in their product which lessens the calories. I love their peach sorbet and the marble black cherry the best. Obvi, you can sample them all. Why not.
Address: 7859 Walnut Hill Ln #160, Dallas, TX 75230
Hope you enjoyed my round up of healthy restaurants in Dallas I visit when I want to eat healthier. I frequent these places quite often and have them in my rotation when anyone asks me for a lunch date.