After all of the holiday indulgences comes the time of year when we try to atone for scarfing an entire tin of cookies (regret nothing!). But eating healthy shouldn’t mean limp lettuce and boring grains—instead, try one of these local spots for vibrant, flavorful dishes that are good for you, too.
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This new bohemian spot on The Domain’s North Side is sure to become a fast favorite. With a focus on mindful sourcing and serving "healthy food for a happy world," Flower Child has crave-worthy salads, mix and match veggies and grains—including gluten free mac & cheese and the Mother Earth Bowl (pictured)—hearty wraps, and the best avocado toast in town. 11721 Rock Rose Ave., 512-777-2493
Eating vegetarian has never been this exciting. Beautiful murals from street artists adorn the walls of Citizen Eatery, which features filling, homestyle favorites like burgers, bolognese, and all-day breakfast (including parsnip waffles!) with a healthy, plant-based twist. 5011 Burnet Road, 512-792-9546
The drive-through salad hot spot makes a triumphant return with Baby Greens. The beloved Austin original shuttered in 2009, but the healthy eatery has been able to create a fresh start, which includes their made-to-order salads and wraps. Try the crunchy Rainbow, served with pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, carrots, feta, and avocado. 1508 W. Anderson Ln., 512-770-6255
Salads get the royal treatment at this bright, modern bistro off South Congress, ranging from classic (All Kale Caesar! and French Frisee) to creative (the Cherry Tart has cherries, feta, arugula, and toasted pecans). While their offerings are certainly filling on their own, there is the option to add protein, like seared tuna or hibiscus-cured duck confit. Pro tip: Vinaigrette is a great date option for a light bite as well. 2201 College Ave., 512-852-8791
The same restaurant group behind Flower Child gives Austinites True Food Kitchen, which offers a more upscale resto focusing on anti-inflammatory dining. Located in the buzzing Seaholm District, the focal point of the large, airy space is the completely open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs at work and ogle their masterpieces. Try the Kale Guacamole, which gets a zip from grapefruit and roasted poblano peppers. 222 West Ave., Ste. HR100, 512-777-2430
A great option for those chained to a desk is picking up Snap Kitchen, which has a pantry of healthy grab-and-go lunches and snacks. They recently rolled out an exceptional vegan menu, with options like Creole Fab Cakes (indulgent-tasting “crab” cakes served with broccolini and red peppers) and Spicy Dan Dan Noodles. If you’re looking for something sweet, the Apple Oat Crisp with cashew anglaise makes for a good-for-you treat. Multiple locations