Now more than ever, it is important that I make changes to my lifestyle. I am wrapping up my college career and preparing to enter the professional workforce. I just completed my summer internship and am hoping to continue working in the world of PR and marketing following the completion of my degree. Part of being an adult means one must make responsible choices, including choices in regards to dietary habits. This year, I am resolving to make more healthful dietary choices so that I can have enough energy to complete various tasks throughout the course of the day. One of the many great things about Dallas is that the city has several restaurants and shops designed to accommodate those wanting to live a more health-conscious lifestyle. Below are a few places I have recently discovered.

 

Snap Kitchen

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A package of bison quinoa hash from Snap Kitchen
With several locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Snap Kitchen offers prepared meals at a price to fit anyone’s budget. This place sells everything one can imagine, from traditional chickpea hummus to a rather unconventional bison quinoa hash. Snap Kitchen also sells meals suitable for breakfast and offers meal plans. Nutritional information and cooking instructions are printed on each package.

Atmosphere: Quick, convenient, and futuristic

Price: $$

Website: http://www.snapkitchen.com/

 

LYFE Kitchen

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Grilled chicken sandwich with a side of kale salad, from LYFE Kitchen
Located in the heart of West Plano, LYFE Kitchen offers a variety of meals, each containing 600 calories. I may be a little bit biased, given that I used to work here (and still occasionally pick up shifts on breaks from school), however, LYFE Kitchen’s staff is wholeheartedly committed to providing a positive guest experience for everyone who comes in. LYFE is a favorite among working professionals and suburban families. They also have menus with selections fit for vegans and guests with gluten allergies.

Atmosphere: Familial,semi-professional, and ambient.

Price: $$

Website: http://www.lyfekitchen.com/

 

My Fit Foods

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Package of chicken tacos from My Fit Foods
Like Snap Kitchen, My Fit Foods offers a variety of prepared meals. The website is easy to navigate and allows the customer to specify their choices based on their dietary habits. When I visited the Frisco location, the staff proved to be very knowledgeable of the products they were selling, providing for an excellent customer service experience. Each My Fit Foods location has a wellness coach on staff to help create a unique meal plan that will fit the lifestyle of the customer.

Atmosphere: Friendly, minimalistic, and convenient

Price: $

Website: https://www.myfitfoods.com/

 

Greenhouse Market

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Wilted Kale & Lentil Salad from Greenhouse Market, photo courtesy of D Magazine
Greenhouse Market utilizes locally sourced meat and produce, and offers a wide selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, and stir fry. With one location in existence, they offer Northpark Center-shoppers a dining experience that is both delicious and nutritious. The items on the menu are rather pricey, but the quality ingredients in each products makes it all worth every penny.

Atmosphere: Friendly, familial, and semi-professional

Price: $$$

Website: http://thegreenhousemarket.com/


Freshii

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Cobb Salad from Freshii
Downtown Dallas’s Plaza of the Americas offers working professionals and tourists a variety of restaurants and food kiosks to visit before work and on their lunch breaks. One of these kiosks is the Toronto-based Freshii. Freshii prepares its meals by keeping energy consumption to a minimum, and vends them without excessive packaging. Because of this, they are able to sell their menu items at a price that won’t break the bank. Freshii also sells healthy desserts, such as smoothies and frozen yogurt.

Atmosphere: Convenient, quick, and professional

Price: $

Website: https://www.freshii.com/us

 

Dallas Farmers Market

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Fresh bell peppers at Dallas Farmers Market, photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News
Farmers markets are always an ideal option for those wanting to live a more conscious lifestyle. Basic essentials are available for consumers at a decent price, plus, the consumer is helping local vendors pay their personal bills. The market is in a 26,000 square foot hall and contains shops and booths set up by a multitude of local vendors. These vendors sell pretty much anything one can imagine, including macaroons, tacos, seafood, produce, and so much more.

 

Atmosphere: Familial, diverse, and happy

Price: $

Website: http://dallasfarmersmarket.org/

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