When traveling in Texas where legendary barbecue, beef and Texas-sized portions abound, one might think it’s not as easy to explore eateries in DFW when you’re on a diet. Fortunately, there’s a huge healthy eating shift happening across DFW, and you may be surprised to find that even in Fort Worth – coined Cowtown for its historic contribution to the meat-packing industry – healthy restaurants are on the rise. Thanks to many restaurateurs striving to offer the freshest ingredients, you’ll find an array of options in Cowtown that will be just as kind to your waistline as your taste buds.
One of my favorite go-to’s for healthy eating in Fort Worth is Righteous Foods where eating clean is simple. Everything on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu is comprised of organic ingredients and nothing is processed. They even have a detox drink menu and cold-pressed juices. Try any one of their salads or grains bowls and add a protein option of your choice like chicken or scallops.
If you’re pressed for time, stop into Juice Junkies – where you can find much more than juice to take with you including smoothies, breakfast bowls, salads, kelp noodles, vegetarian sushi, healthy kids’ meals and one of the best detox solutions I’ve found, the delicious acai bowl. Central Market is another great grab-n-go option. Visit their café for fresh salads, soups and portion-controlled items that are great to enjoy inside or on their patio. New to the Fort Worth restaurant scene this year, Local Foods Kitchen offers a variety of to-go options plus a hearty and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. For lunch, pair one of their fresh soups, salads or sandwiches like the power quinoa salad and grilled salmon sandwich.
Vegans and vegetarians alike will be called to Spiral Diner, a funky restaurant on Magnolia Avenue where everything offered is vegan and so tasty that even meat-eaters might be fooled. The cashew quinoa burger patty is the perfect add-on to any salad, especially the “big Texas salad” that will leave you feeling full in such a good way. They also offer amazing brunch on Sundays. Just down the street, Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge serves up healthy eats all day long. They even highlight their nutritious menu items like the vegetarian sandwich, cauliflower hummus and frittata.
While fish might not be on your radar for your next meal in Fort Worth, you may want to think twice and visit either of the sister restaurants, Tokyo Cafe or Shinjuku Station where they do fish and many other traditional Japanese dishes serious justice. At Tokyo Café, start with the Japanese poke filled with fresh tuna, avocado, crab and sweet soy vinaigrette. Pair that with their brussel sprouts and choice of crudo for a healthy, hearty meal. Everything at Shinjuku Station is shareable, but don’t try to add cream cheese or avocado to their sushi order. They firmly believe it takes away from the quality taste of their fresh fish, and for good reason. Everything there is just that good.
Depending on who you ask, healthy can have a completely different meaning, but it’s safe to say if the food you’re eating comes from the earth, made from ingredients you can actually pronounce and enjoyed in moderation, your body will thank you. Enjoy eating your way through Fort Worth!