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Sarah Bartos
1/26/21 10:15pm

 Welcome to 2021! If you are anything at all like me, you’ve viewed the myriad of ads marketing healthier living and wellness in the new 12 months. I believe in the thought that you are what you eat, and I am fascinated in feeding my entire body, thoughts and soul devoid of perpetuating the toxic facets of eating plan society. If you are searching to increase your eating plan and lifestyle, I bought you included with a listing of the very best nutritious possibilities near campus. 

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Area Farmers Marketplaces

Numerous locations 

It is outstanding to support regional agriculture and food employees, specially amid a international pandemic. If you reside off-campus and have to have groceries or you are just interested in supporting nearby suppliers, there are a number of good farmers marketplaces a brief distance from Rice! 

The Rice Village Farmers Marketplace is an open up-air sector close to campus that gives merchandise ranging from clean generate and chef-organized foods to artisanal espresso, pasta sauce and much more. This marketplace operates in Rice Village on the to start with and 3rd Sundays each and every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The City Harvest Farmers Marketplace is found about 15 minutes away from campus at 2752  Buffalo Speedway and presents items from approximately 100 Houston sellers, ranging from sizzling foods to fresh new fruits and greens. This industry is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Local Foods 

2424 Dunstan Road

When it will come to feeding on healthful, sustainably, and regionally, Regional Foods has you protected! This mini-chain has five destinations close to Houston and resources all of its components from Texas. 

The Rice Village spot reminds me of a smaller sized, a lot more homey variation of Total Foodstuff. Alongside with organized food from their menu, you can acquire various products this sort of as regionally sourced cheeses, a wide range of beverages, pre-manufactured foods and additional. In terms of the menu, I’d endorse the Winter season Harvest Salad, as the Brussel sprouts are to die for, specifically when blended with the pomegranate seeds and goat cheese! Their Banh Mi is great, and it comes with two sides that you can choose off the menu. Their salmon is the ideal I have tasted and provides very well-required omega-3s that will electricity you by way of your hardest basic chemistry midterms. 

Area Meals provides shipping, decide up and in-human being services. 

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Pressed Juicery 

2437 University Blvd

Eating cleaner does not indicate you have to sacrifice your sweet tooth! 

Manufactured Instagram famed in Los Angeles, Pressed Juicery took the wellness globe by storm with its “Pressed Freezes,” a healthier consider on ice cream manufactured mostly from dates, h2o and purely natural flavoring. Whilst this seems nothing like standard ice cream, I assure you it will fulfill your sweet tooth with out creating you come to feel gross and bloated afterward. 

The freezes appear in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and seasonal flavors this sort of as pumpkin spice. With every single freeze, you get the selection of a few toppings. I’d advise having a size one vanilla freeze with almond butter, granola butter and cacao drizzle! Along with the freezes, Pressed gives numerous juices that can complement your diet and provide a range of vitamins. 

The Rice Village site is presenting in-particular person support nevertheless, you can also purchase on a assortment of foodstuff supply apps. 

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Mendocino Farms

5510 Morningside Travel

Whether it’s soup, sandwiches, salads or sides, Mendocino Farms has some thing for each aspiring balanced eater. Founded in the Golden Condition, this sandwich and salad shop delivers the sunny Southern California wellness scene to Rice Village. 

Their intensive menu has one thing for each consumer. For salad eaters, you just can’t go erroneous with the avocado superfood salad with roasted chicken. For sandwich lovers, I’d go for the not-so-fried-rooster sandwich. 

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2551 Amherst Road

The word “salad” is sometimes synonymous with boring wholesome consuming. An picture arrives to thoughts of a plate filled with lettuce and a unfortunate buyer, wishing they experienced a cheeseburger in their hand.

Sweetgreen turns this narrative on its head. This restaurant chain originated in D.C. and is now in key U.S. cities, which includes Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Houston. With countless numbers of permutations of toppings and dressings, you can make a custom bowl that satisfies your palate or adhere to a single of Sweetgreen’s pre-created bowls. For the man or woman who is not commonly a salad eater but is seeking to include additional vegetables into their diet regime, I’d advise the “Chicken Pesto Parm.” This bowl has warm quinoa, a great intricate carbohydrate, spinach, roasted rooster breast for a good protein kick, locally sourced parmesan cheese, tomatoes, spicy broccoli, Zatar spiced breadcrumbs, hot sauce and pesto dressing. I’d advocate seeking combos with the tailor made choice for extra seasoned salad enthusiasts, as it is super enjoyable to experiment with your flavor preferences. I’d under no circumstances think that I’d like spicy cashew dressing, but now it’s my go-to. 

As an individual who has been an avid Sweetgreen consumer considering the fact that they opened in Pennsylvania, I come across it super great that the Houston areas offer shrimp as a protein selection. I have incorporated this component in a wide variety of my custom made bowls.  

Sweetgreen has new safety measures in spot to management the unfold of COVID-19. Alternatively of purchasing inside the cafe in Rice Village, which is an selection, they strongly encourage customers to download the application and decide on a select-up time. You can also get your meal sent straight from the Sweetgreen app or with your preferred foodstuff delivery app. 

If you are wanting to gas your thoughts, body and spirit with nutritious, local and in general great meals in the new year, I hope you use this checklist, and of class, share your orders as nicely we are all in this alongside one another!