March is National Nutrition Month, which is an education and information campaign sponsored each year by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The point is to help the public learn the importance of developing healthy food and exercise habits based on accurate information.
Make March the time your family learns to be healthier, by taking them to these 5 healthy places in Houston during the month:
Love breakfast? Make it count in your favor with healthy options made from local, organic and all-natural ingredients. With a certification from the Green Restaurant Association, Ruggles Green has achieved the status of four stars. It’s the first restaurant in Texas to do so, and the second only in the nation. What did it take? An accumulation of more than three times the points it needs through activities such as:
- Creating programs in each of 7 categories, including Chemical and Pollution Reduction and Sustainable Food
- Setting up a full-scale recycling program
- Completely eliminating the use of Styrofoam
- Creating an annual education program
At Ruggles Green you can find dishes that are gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian, and all their food is certified GMO-free. Teas and coffees are organic and Fair Trade certified. So not only are you getting what’s good for you, you’re doing what’s good for the planet and the environment, too.
If you’re looking for authentic, pure vegetarian Indian cuisine, then Houston’s Udipi Café is the place to be. Founder Sathish Rao trained as a chef in India, after which he came to live in the U.S. and delight local diners with Udipi’s delicious options. With five locations in Texas, Udipi’s superb buffet operates from 11 am to 3 pm daily. The restaurant offers a dizzying array of soups, vegetarian curries as main courses, flat breads, specialties and desserts for the discerning diner. If you’re a lover of spicy foods and are looking to reduce the meat content in your diet, this is a good place to start.
The Third Day Market
For the foodies, Urban Kitchen is a must-visit. Visitors can treat themselves to lunch, dinner or a Sunday brunch with flavorful foods such as salmon avocado sandwiches, flat breads and spinach salads. According to founder Dinorah Barnes, the goal of Urban Kitchen is to, “serve everyone who wants to eat well and have a good time.” In a rush and need something delicious and nutritious? You’re in luck! Urban Kitchen also offers a to-go service.
The Loving Hut
Everything on their menu is 100% vegan, and includes delicious options such as burgers made with non-GMO soy protein, noodle dishes, wraps and even sushi. Delicious desserts include cheesecake and banana cake, and they’re made with no dairy, honey or eggs. Everything is made from organic produce and are also peanut, nut and MSG-free.
Make March a month of mouthwatering adventure for your family by trying out these and other unusual options for healthy fare.