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ACAI, POKE, GRAIN, & MORE: THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS DALLAS HAS TO OFFER

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EMILY BLASIK

JUL 14, 2020

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Let’s face it: the bowls trend is more like a movement, and it’s here to stay. These colorful creations are a go-to for health-conscious foodies everywhere, and it’s not hard to understand why. (A meal that’s good for you and totally ‘grammable — yes, please.)

Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, these healthy Dallas eateries are serving up delicious bowls worth sinking your spoon (or fork) into.

The concept is brilliantly simple: choose a base (root veggie noodles, cauliflower rice, or grains), pick a protein (poached shrimp, grass-fed beef, baked falafel, or free-range chicken), top with veggies, and then add your favorite sauce to bring it all together. And unlike most restaurants, Gather Kitchen uses coconut oil to cook their foods, so you're guaranteed clean ingredients. Whether you’re paleo, vegan, or gluten-free, this eatery has a bowl for your whole crew.

You haven’t had a real superfood smoothie creation until you’ve tried Nékter. Every acai bowl contains whole fruits and veggies blended together and topped with all the fixins (like hemp seed granola, cacao nibs, bee pollen, to name a few). What you won't find here is refined sugar, processed protein powders, dairy products, or artificial flavors. Even their skoop frozen treat is completely vegan and made of 100% guilt-free ingredients. Eating well has never been sweeter.

If you love yoga, frequent your local farmers’ market, and sip kombucha like water, Flower Child is your spot for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The “hippie-ish” establishment features an array of eclectic bowls chock full of hearty grains, leafy greens, fresh veggies, and a protein of your choice. Almost everything you’ll find here is organic, including beer and wine.

When you eat at Oak Lawn fast casual Pōk, you can rest assured that everything in your bowl was made with your health in mind, and is sourced and prepared responsibly. We’re talking wild-caught, ethically-farmed fish flown in daily and locally-grown veggies that are the epitome of fresh. Choose between one of eight signature bowls (all 100% gluten-free) or build your own.

With over 50 locations across the country, Vitality Bowls has perfected the flawless bowl. Choose from more than 10 signature blended bowls at this superfood mecca, like the Detox Bowl, packed with spirulina and flax seed. Or grab the Warrior Bowl, loaded with almond milk, bananas, broccoli, and a multivitamin boost.

The Juice Bar in Inwood Village, Inwood & Forest, Northpark Center, and Highland Park serve up smoothie bowls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and why not grab one for dessert, too? There are six delicious bowls on the menu, all made entirely (and simply) of fruit, and nothing else. We recommend the Pitaya Paradise for its ultra-sweet taste and pretty pink hue.

Lakewood and Oak Lawn’s modern poke shop is known for its clean and customizable bowls filled with your choice of rice or quinoa, two scoops of marinated protein, and a hearty serving of sea veggies. But there’s another reason Poké Bop is turning heads. Enter: the first restaurant selfie station. Try the Poke Donut (a beautiful donut-shaped sushi roll) while you're there.

Pho-lovers, you’re in luck. A steaming bowl of the stuff is calling your name, and for less than $10. Could something so delectable possibly be healthy? We’re arguing yes. This family-owned restaurant traditionally prepares their mixture of aromatic broth, veggies, and protein by slow-cooking it for 12 hours before serving it fresh. If that isn’t authentic Vietnamese cuisine, we don’t know what is.

Colorado’s Rush Bowls is now in Mockingbird Station. This smoothie bowl shop mixes fresh fruit with proteins, vitamins and all the good stuff to bring you a meal worth bragging about. Plus, all bowls are topped with organic granola and honey. Don’t worry — they’re safe for everyone in your crew, vegans, vegetarians, and dairy-free eaters included.

Craving a Mediterranean-inspired bowl? Welcome to Rōti, a clean eating establishment in Uptown. Think a non-GMO basmati rice and wild rice blend, marinated green olives, red cabbage slaw, and tahini. Vegetarians can get in on the action, too, thanks to a falafel protein option. Meat-eater or not, don’t leave without trying the roasted red pepper sauce.

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