A Trip to the Dallas Farmers Market

Tucked in the southern region of downtown Dallas, The Shed hosts a variety of friendly vendors with an impressive range of goods.

The Shed is home to the Dallas Farmers Market. Booths line the edges of the property, with more than thirty different vendors selling food, drinks, and accessories. From locally grown produce to gooey cinnamon rolls, and chilled wine to freshly brewed coffee, the Dallas Farmers Market has something for everyone – even those who aren’t gung-ho for healthy eating.

An empty stomach is essential for a trip to the Dallas Farmers Market. Almost every vendor has samples readily available for shoppers, so leaving the market hungry is practically impossible. Several booths sell full-sized meals for those who aren’t sustained from the bite-sized freebies. Sweet corn-on-the-cob, turkey legs, and tamales were some of the market’s popular options.

There’s a good amount of free parking, an ATM to withdraw cash, and lots of places to sit down and relax. Since the market only has an overhead cover, I recommend going on a day that isn’t rainy or overly windy.

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Hungry for more info about the Dallas Farmers Market? Learn How the Dallas Farmers Market Came to Life, or check out some of the market’s upcoming events.

Top Picks for Healthy Dining in Dallas

One of my favorite things about living in Dallas is the plethora of health-based restaurants. Below I’ve mapped and listed my top picks for healthy dining out in Dallas. From on-the-go meals to a night out with friends, quality healthy eating in Dallas is all too easy.

On the map, green markers represent on-the-go eateries, blue circles represent dine-ins on a time crunch, yellow utensils represent sit-down restaurants, and orange stars represent my honorable mentions.

When you have five minutes…

Snap Kitchen is the perfect way to eat healthy when you’re feeling lazy. Snap prepackages food for every meal, so healthy eaters can pick out their preferred eats on-the-go at one of Snap’s Dallas locations. Gluten free, vegan, and paleo eaters love the variety of options at Snap, especially since items are carefully labeled as such. My favorites from Snap include their Jalapeno Hummus and Paleo Style Thai Green Curry Shrimp.

Snap Kitchen is ideal for those with food and diet restrictions.

Snap Kitchen is ideal for those with food and diet restrictions.

Start proves that fast food shouldn’t always carry the “unhealthy” taboo. This Upper Greenville eatery serves “clean, from-scratch food,” for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Start uses organic dairy products and eggs, along with grass-fed beef in its products. My favorites from Start are their Steel Cut Oatmeal sans fruit for breakfast, and their Veggie-Bean-Quinoa Burger with Sweet Potato ’Tots for dinner.

Nekter Juice Bar is the best tool for getting all your servings of fruit and vegetables in for the day. Nekter serves a variety of fruit and veggie-based juices, smoothies, and cleanses at its small location in Snider Plaza. They’re best known for their acai bowls: smoothie-like mixtures topped with granola, fresh fruit, and agave nectar. My go-to’s at Nekter are their Acai Banana Berry Bowl with gluten free granola, or “The Buzz” juice with cayenne pepper for an extra kick and metabolism booster. However, there is one caveat – because most of their products are made in-store, taste can vary from time to time depending on who makes your drink.

When you have 15 minutes…

Eatzis is not a strictly healthy eatery. But with its multiple Dallas locations and wide range of culinary options, healthy eaters can easily find something for any meal of the day. Eatzis is great for a group with carb-conscious dieters intermixed with carefree eaters – like my roommate and I. My favorite meal at Eatzis is their prepackaged Grilled Salmon Fillet with Kale Salad, while my roommate’s usually opts for their signature, freshly made macaroni and cheese. Eatzis is great when you’re on a quick lunch break – the checkout process is fast, and there is usually seating available in or outside. I’ve typically don’t need to spend more than 20 minutes at Eatzis.

When you want to take your time…

Lyfe Kitchen is a pro at accommodating gluten free, vegan, and paleo diets while maintaining great taste. Located in West Village, Lyfe serves fresh food using local, organic, vitamin-rich ingredients. Every item on the Lyfe menu is less than 600 calories, and nutrition information for each item is printed out on their menu. I am a huge fan of Lyfe’s BBQ Chicken Flatbread (less than 450 calories!) and their Ginger Mint Chia Water.

True Food Kitchen embodies its name of “true” or real food in its kitchen. The Preston Center restaurant occasionally has longer wait times than other places on this list – but for good reason! True Food’s menu is full of diverse, creative takes on healthy eating, with options like its “Inside Out” Quinoa Burger, Panang Curry, and Sustainanable Seared Scallops. True Food also has the best “healthy” drinks. My favorites are “The Natural” served hot (nonalcoholic), Ginger Margarita, and Farmers Market Sangria.

Origin’s breakfast options are filling and tasty, and provide an array of meals that range on the healthy-unhealthy scale. Their uptown location makes them an ideal place for Sunday brunch, as well as a dinner date night. My favorite at Origin is their Seasonal Hash Bowl: two eggs, sweet potato, apple, bacon, sunflower seed, currants, raisins, and grass fed beef. On weekday mornings, Origin’s bar and tables are filled with young professionals equipped with laptops and a cup of their locally brewed coffee.

Honorable mentions

Not quite my favorite places to dine, but still provide great options for healthy eaters! Be sure to check out Dream Cafe, Cosmic Cafe, Crisp Salad Co., Buda Juice and Kozy Kitchen.