Holiday season is the time for family, giving and, of course, food. Whether you started indulging early with bags of Halloween candy or kicked off your feasting with a series of Friendsgiving events followed by Thanksgiving dinner, you (and your stomach) are probably feeling like a stuffed turkey.
You’re not alone. That’s why we found a few local places specializing in healthy food to check out if you’re in need of a holiday detox.
Fresh Bowls: Even if you’re still full, don’t skip a meal. Get your healthy fix for breakfast and lunch at this downtown cafe. It serves fruit parfaits, speciality and build-your-own salads and salad wraps.
Fresh Junkie: You want it? Fresh Junkie’s got it. Its refrigerators are filled with prepped and pre-cooked meals that will leave you feeling happy but not guilty after eating them. Try the cashew stir-fry, turkey enchiladas or avocado pesto chicken.
Fresh Kitchen: From snacks to prepped to-go meals, Fresh Kitchen is a one-stop shop for a healthy food detox, with dishes that cater to a variety of diets and food allergies. Try its shepherd’s pie, cashew pancakes or tofu pad thai.
Frutta Bowls: Want healthy food that tastes good and is totally photogenic? Frutta Bowls, which opened recently at Nicholson Gateway, offers everything from bright smoothies to colorful bowls topped with fruit. Plus, it serves kombucha on tap. (How cool is that?)
MJ’s Cafe: Eat your veggies at MJ’s new booth in White Star Market. Warm up with a hearty vegetable soup of the day, or try one of its vegan salads or gyros.
The Big Squeezy: Drop the soda and head to The Big Squeezy for locally made cold-pressed juice. Whether you want to commit to a juice cleanse or simply want to add a full serving of fruit and veggies to your day, this is the place to start.
The Main Squeeze Juice Co.: Satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling as guilty by indulging acai bowls, cold-pressed juice and smoothies. The Baton Rouge location opened this November on Ben Hur Road.
The Salad Shop: At The Salad Shop’s Perkins Road and Coursey Boulevard, customers can get creative by choosing their own toppings for a customized salad or salad wrap. And just for the fall season, the restaurant is offering an Autumn Cobb salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and a Harvest salad with roasted squash, chicken and wild rice.
Southfin Southern Poke: Eat in color at Southfin Southern Poke. Make your own poke bowl with your choice of protein, greens and vegetable or fruit toppings.
Urban Bros: Treat your digestive system to a daily dose of Urban Bros’ ginger shots. Ginger is a natural remedy for upset stomach and aids in getting rid of that stuffed turkey feeling. Read our story on the Urban Bros here.
Know of another places to find healthy dishes around town? Let us know in the comments!