OKG Eat: Healthy eats 

New year, new you! Finally, you had the surgery done and got your brain put in a new body. It was your little Christmas present to yourself, and except for stitches around the skull (thank goodness for bangs), you look fabulous. But now comes the hard part: taking care of that new body! That’s why we made this list of great places to eat right — before the inevitable killing spree occurs.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Garett Fisbeck and Mark Hancock

Cabbage carrot fig salad at Nourished Food Bar in Downtown OKC, 1-4-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Cabbage carrot fig salad at Nourished Food Bar in Downtown OKC, 1-4-16.

Nourished Food Bar

131 Dean A. McGee Ave. #115

nourishedfood.co

740-7299

Cabbage Carrot Fig is a pretty whimsical name for the character in your new short story, but it might work.

“One day Cabbage Carrot Fig wandered into a building on Dean A. McGee Ave. and found Nourished Food Bar. Feeling a mite peckish, she perused the offerings when, to her surprise, she found a salad made just for her.”

Grilled Mahi with vegies at Nebu, in the Devon Tower in Downtown OKC, 1-4-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Grilled Mahi with vegies at Nebu, in the Devon Tower in Downtown OKC, 1-4-16.

Nebu

280 W. Sheridan Ave.

cafenebu.com

228-8386

Mahi mahi is the fish so nice they named it twice. You never hear trout trout getting this much love. But even it only has one name at Nebu (the cafeteria inside Devon Energy, but open to everyone). It’s always cooking up fish and other healthy dishes as its Well Bistro entrees. Because if you try to order salmon salmon, there’s a good chance you’ll get two portions of salmon and, hey, that’s not a bad idea.

Sashimi variety at Saii Bistro & Sushi Bar in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Sashimi variety at Saii Bistro & Sushi Bar in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

Saii Bistro & Sushi Bar

6900 N. May Ave.

saiiasianbistro.com

702-7244

Sigh. Isn’t that bistro dreamy? It’s not about being Asian — not that Asian bistros aren’t cute! I find all kinds of bistros attractive! It’s just, there’s something — sigh — about Saii. Is it the mood lighting or the super friendly staff? The way it serves everything from noodles to sizzling stone pot bulgogi beef and those cool slices of deliciousness in the sashimi variety plate? Whatever it is, I’m head over stomach for Saii.

Vegan mango kale smoothie at Smoothie King in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Vegan mango kale smoothie at Smoothie King in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

Smoothie King

5921 SW Third St.

smoothieking.com

603-6992

There’s nothing wrong with chunky. Let’s get that straight right away. But that doesn’t mean you don’t sometimes crave something a little smoother — like Smoothie King’s vegan mango kale smoothie. Sure, you could eat a vegan mango kale salad, but what if you’re driving to work? You’ll poke your eye out, kid! Better to let them blend all those healthy ingredients into a tasty drink that’s as filling as it is easy to eat.

Pad Vegetables at Bistro 38 Thai Green Cuisine in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Pad Vegetables at Bistro 38 Thai Green Cuisine in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.

Bistro38 Thai Green Cuisine

2903 NW 36th St.

bistro38.com

948-2788

Thai food is dangerous. Not just because it can get hot in a hurry, but because it’s hard to know what’s healthy and what’s loaded with calories. Noodles? Kind of heavy. Coconut milk? A bit fattening. But the delicious pad vegetables at Bistro38 are just a big old pile of tender-crisp greens (and oranges and off-whites) in that sweet and spicy sauce that makes everything — even fiber-rich, nutrient-dense plants — taste so good.

Turkey pesto sandwich with pasta, at Coolgreens in Downtown Oklahoma City, 1-7-16. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Turkey pesto sandwich with pasta, at Coolgreens in Downtown Oklahoma City, 1-7-16.

Coolgreens

204 N. Robinson Ave., Norman

coolgreens.com

600-6444

“Pesto is the best-o!

“Really, Ed? That’s what you’ve got for the new Coolgreens account? We’re trying to sell delicious turkey pesto sandwiches here. Why not talk about all the healthy fats, the lean meat, the delicious whole-wheat roll?”

“Because … it rhymes.”

“Fair enough.”

Soup of the Day, 1-4-16, at Native Roots Market in Deep Deuce, OKC, is Spicy Tomato Basil soup. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Soup of the Day, 1-4-16, at Native Roots Market in Deep Deuce, OKC, is Spicy Tomato Basil soup.

Native Roots Market

131 NE Second St.

nativerootsmarket.com

310-6300

Soup is so healthy that, as a category, we try to give it to anyone we know who is sick. Cold? Chicken soup. Fever? Vegetable beef. So hungry you’ve forgotten how to speak? Just point at the sign at Native Roots Market so you can get a big bowl of spicy tomato basil that’s packed so full of healthy stuff it’s almost a solid. There are even beans in that soup. Beans! They’re magical.

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