We at Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park (Parmer Lane) know how important it is to make sure your family eats well-balanced meals as often as they can. Eating out at a restaurant can be a great treat, but going to a place with healthy meals or plant-based and gluten-free options can help you and your family stick to a healthier diet. Here are five healthy eateries in and around the Cedar Park area you have to try.
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If you’re looking for traditionally inspired Mexican food, Chilaquiles Factory is the local eatery for you. They serve brunch on the weekends, so you can get favorites like veggie omelets, huevos rancheros, and breakfast tacos. For lunch and dinner, they have many healthy options, like taco salad, tilapia tacos, and grilled chicken and rice. If you’re on a plant-based diet, you can get something off their vegan menu. Get a melty vegan quesadilla with beans, a vegan burrito made with rice, beans, guacamole, and dairy-free sour cream, or vegan entrees like flautas, fajitas, or chilaquiles chipotle.
You can find Chilaquiles Factory at 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd. in Cedar Park. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill
Blue Corn Harvest uses hearty ingredients to make their unique blend of Southwestern, Mexican, and American cuisines. On their regular menu, you might spot some healthier options like the avocado and roasted beet salad and the roasted veggie sandwich, which is served with an awesome New Mexico cilantro pesto. But this local Southwestern grill also has a full vegetarian and gluten-free menu full of delicious favorites like vegetarian nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas that can all be made with vegan cheese. Or, get glazed salmon salad, steak enchiladas, or blue crab-stuffed chicken and veggies, all of which are gluten-free.
Visit this awesome local restaurant at 700 E. Whitestone Blvd. #204 right here in Cedar Park. Stop in Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. And if you’re looking to try their brunch, stop in Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Nancy’s Sky Garden
At Nancy’s Sky Garden, the motto is “eat healthy, grow healthy,” a great motto to live and raise a family by. This health-conscious restaurant serves signature plates topped with protein, healthy carbs, and lots of veggies. Choose a protein like their homemade almond ginger chicken salad, grilled salmon, tofu, or tuna poke. Add sweet potato noodles, purple rice, or a supergrain mix plus a fruit-and-veggie salad, garden salad, or vegetable medley. Finish off your plate with dressings like poke ponzu, spicy vegan mayo, spicy teriyaki, or tahini.
If you’re in the mood for seafood, get one of their amazing poke bowls. This dish starts with a base of colorful vegetables, purple rice, avocado, pickled ginger, and seaweed salad. Then, you can add your choice of raw fish, like tuna or salmon. Top it with tobiko and your favorite dressing. Or, if you’re on a plant-based diet or are just craving something meatless, go for the Buddha bowl, which features the veggie medley, sweet potato, supergrains, and more plant-based goodness. They also have soups, veggie-, and fish-based roles.
You can find this eatery at Lakeline Mall at 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive #650 in Austin. They’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Since this restaurant is in the mall, you can opt for this healthy food instead of other options that may not be as healthy.
Kale Me Crazy
Cold-pressed juices, wraps, smoothies, and salads are all known to be uber healthy, and Kale Me Crazy specializes in making the yummiest versions of each of these items and more. Get freshly bottled juice blends with vegetables like kale, spinach, chard, celery, and carrots as well as fruits like apples, lime, watermelon, pineapple, and grapefruit. Have an acai bowl, which is like an acai-blueberry-strawberry smoothie in a bowl topped with banana, granola, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, honey, and other delicious toppings.
Or, get your smoothie the classic way with ingredients like bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, orange, mango, pineapple, yogurt, and protein powder. Kids will love the Tropical Trippin’ with orange, pineapple, mango, coconut yogurt, and coconut milk. If you need something more filling, opt for a poke bowl, salad, wrap, or topped toast.
Head on over to Kale Me Crazy at 8300 N. FM 620 in Austin. You can get your juice on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fresh Heim serves a wide variety of dishes, including soups, rolls, salads, grilled steak and chicken, as well as rice and noodle bowls. What makes this restaurant so healthy is that they use only natural flavors to make their food taste so excellent, and they pride themselves on no added sugar, no MSG, no gluten, and no preservatives. They even use a few “secret” ingredients that add to their dishes’ nutrition, like spirulina (which has antioxidants), the natural sweetener Stevia, and protein-packed nutritional yeast.
Order their house salad, which is made with spring greens, cabbage, carrot, avocado, and seasonal fruit, as a starter. For lunch, get steamed tofu and rice topped with a delicious house sauce, grilled pork with noodles and teriyaki sauce, or grilled chicken with rice and mango sauce. They also serve seafood, like salmon and shrimp.
This restaurant is located at 13776 N. Highway 183 Suite 142 in nearby Austin. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.There you have it, some of the best restaurants serving up healthy eats all over the Cedar Park area. Did we miss any of your favorite eateries around town? Let Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park (Parmer Lane) know, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!