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Dining Out: Health food has never tasted so good

If you had an answer for this question, DIG Magazine is ready to help make your clean-eating resolutions easier and tastier than ever with our selections for healthy eating in BR. No longer will eating healthy mean ordering a salad with dressing on the side, or having chicken broiled instead of fried. In today’s Red Stick, there are plenty of options for vegetarians, or for those who need gluten-free goodness. Here are our top six eateries that put the focus on fresh while still being gentle on your wallet.

Magpie Cafe • $5-15

This seasonal, local and organic café can’t be beat. It houses an espresso coffee bar along with made-to-order menu items including fresh, organic juices, homemade granola and Paleo-friendly picks. Not only that, each day features a different menu made from seasonal ingredients. One day try the sweet potato and carrot soup for lunch, and then come back and try the pesto grilled cheese for dinner. You won’t have to eat the same thing twice – unless your taste buds have a craving for seconds.

“It’s extremely good food, the service is awesome and it’s an awesome place to try where you can always find something new,” said manager Melissa Dixon. “Our menu changes every day and I think that’s an awesome feature that draw people in to try something different.”

magpiecafe-brla.com

Fresh Kitchen •$5-15

Healthy to-go dinners are a massive trend these days, with Fresh Kitchen leading the charge in BR. With a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, there are plenty of options when you want to be health-conscious but still want something packed with flavor. And if you visit their website, you can try out their 14-day challenge, which aids in helping you choose a healthier lifestyle.

freshkitchenbr.com

Truly Free Bakery • $8-16

Paleo? Gluten-free? Vegan? Vegetarian? Got food allergies? Doesn’t matter, this bakery has you covered as it caters to those who have special dietary needs or are looking for bread that won’t add inches to their waistlines. It doesn’t stop at just bread; there are various foods to bring in a wider variety of vegan specialty items, such as vegan tacos or gluten-free cakes. If taste without the guilt is high on your list, give them a shot.

eattrulyfree.com

Sushi Masa • $25-45

Love sushi? I mean really love sushi? Sushi Masa has an all-you-can-eat buffet filled to the brim with different varieties of sushi, sashimi as well as cooked options such as steak teriyaki and chicken katsu. And at $25 you can get as much of it as you want. And since it’s sushi, you can have less guilt than if it were fried seafood.

sushimasabatonrouge.com

Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine • $14-27

Want to try Indian cuisine, but not sure where to start? This is an excellent place to go and get an introduction with their daily lunch buffet, which features an assortment of traditional and contemporary dishes. You can learn to appreciate the different tastes and find out just how spicy you want your curry.

bayleafbr.com

Nino’s Italian • $25-35

Love Italian food? Then check out Nino’s Italian. Its passion for fresh, local ingredients and made-from-scratch recipes create some of the best Italian dishes this side of Sicily. Each menu item is prepared in-house as soon as it’s ordered. Not only that, but Nino’s believed in keeping things local. Several of their ingredients come from Louisiana farmers and fishermen.

ninos-italian.com

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