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How to Have a Healthy New Year in Austin, Eating Out for Dinner!

How to Have a Healthy New Year in Austin, Eating Out for Dinner!

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Ok, we know it’s the start of a new year and a statistically speaking, most of us have at least one resolution to get fit or at least get healthier in 2017. 
 
While most would recommend going to a local gym or getting a personal trainer (both of which are good ideas), we thought it would be fun to dedicate this first blog of the year to tout some of Austin’s finer heath-focused restaurants!  Now that we have your attention, here’s a great list that we recently pulled from AustinMonthly.com.  We’ll give them full credit for the great idea to keep our local business thriving while we all try to trim a belt size in the next few months.
 
Bon Appetit! Oh, and don’t forget to keep your focus on that resolution.  Working out with friends and family can always be a great way to get out of your apartment in Austin for an hour or two and get moving on a brand new you!
 
Citizen Eatery
Offering primarily plant-based fare, this newcomer to the burgeoning Burnet Road dining scene has a hearty breakfast menu, seasonal entrees, salads and a tasty selection of veggie sides. Order This: The Nest, two poached eggs served on top of fried veggie noodles. (pictured).  5011 Burnet Road, citizeneatery.com

Mad Greens
Drop by one of the three Austin-area outposts of this fast-casual chain for salads, wraps, paninis and fresh juices. The menu notes calorie, fat, sodium, carb and protein counts on each item, making it an ideal spot for dieters. Order This: Siam I Am, a protein-packed salad made with ingredients like chicken, kale, quinoa and edamame. Multiple locations, madgreens.com

True Food Kitchen
Alternative medicine guru Andrew Weil was among the founders of this chain, whose Austin outpost is located in the hip Seaholm development. The “anti-inflammatory” menu is heavy on soups, salads, sandwiches, healthy entrees and vegan and vegetarian options. Order This: Sustainable Seabass, served with broccolini, sugar snap peas and roasted mushrooms. 222 West Ave., Ste. HR100, truefoodkitchen.com

Flower Child
A hippie-approved addition to Domain Northside, this healthy spot has farm-fresh salads, soups, bowls, wraps and plenty of organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Order This: Mother Earth bowl, made with ancient grains and topped with savory ingredients like portobello mushroom, avocado, sweet potato and broccoli pesto. 11721 Rock Rose Ave., iamaflowerchild.com

Picnik
With a menu that eschews gluten, corn, peanuts and soy, this popular trailer-turned-brick-and-mortar eatery on Burnet Road is a haven for the food-sensitive. Order This: Harvest Hash, which boasts grass-fed beef sausage, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato and spinach. 4801 Burnet Road, picnikaustin.com

Vinaigrette
Fill up on greens at this Albuquerque transplant, located just off South Congress Avenue. Its generously sized salads are topped with your choice of protein, from flank steak to diver scallops. Order This: The Omega with shrimp, a ceviche-like salad topped with tomato, avocado, bell pepper, red onion and cilantro. 2201 College Ave., vinaigretteonline.com

Veg Out
Want to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and patronize local farms? Sign up for Johnson Backyard Garden’s Community Supported Agriculture program. Once a week or every other week, members can pick up or receive a delivery of a box of certified organic fruits, veggies and herbs that are in season. (Past January assortments have included produce like grapefruits, beets and parsley.) Choose your own box size and frequency, and consider optional add-ons, such as free-range eggs and fair-trade coffee. Members also get access to an online recipe database. Now we’re cooking! Prices start at $22 for an individual box. jbgorganic.com/csa
 

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