3 Healthy Plates with a Purpose

    These menu items fuel the body, cure ailments, and taste great.

    Nékter Juice Bar

    Healthy food can taste good, too.


    Nékter Juice Bar’s Celery Detox

    “Until recently, most people didn’t realize that celery is an amazing functional food and one of nature’s most powerful healing ingredients. This six-day cold-pressed celery juice cleanse helps reset digestion and restore gut health while banishing bloat and inflammation. Unlike other celery juices, Nékter’s Celery Detox is surprisingly refreshing due to the mint that perfectly complements the celery and lemon. It was very important to us to make sure it tasted great and didn’t feel like a chore.”

    —Alexis Schulze

    cofounder and chief visionary officer

    The Players:

    • Cold-pressed celery juice
    • Lemon
    • Mint


    Village Den’s Sicilian C-Bomb

    Village Den / Karissa Ong for BeccaPR

    Village Den’s Sicilian C-Bomb

    “Antoni [Porowski] and I talked a lot about those high-citrus shots at traditional juice places that are meant to ward off the eventual sickness. We decided to make that into a salad that’s really functional. You can get it as a side, but it is a full dinner salad. And you can add protein to it, but it is a vegan entrée. Citrus dressing, which is the various natural juices of orange and grapefruit, is combined with citrus wedges. It also has pomegranate, as well as a lime chile spice that we sprinkle overtop with shaved fennel, arugula, avocado, and toasted pistachios.”

    —Lisle Richards


    The Players:

    • Orange juice and wedges
    • Grapefruit juice and wedges
    • Avocado
    • Shaved fennel
    • Pomegranate
    • Toasted pistachios
    • Arugula
    • Lime chile spice


    Bellagreen’s Hi-Protein Hempenadas


    Bellagreen’s Hi-Protein Hempenadas

    “Hi-Protein Hempenadas have been on our menu since we opened in 2008, and a guest favorite in Houston for years. Hemp flour is high in protein and fiber. We knew that if we could incorporate it into a dish, our guests would recognize, like empanadas, it would encourage trial and quickly become a top seller. It’s important that the items we offer are not only delicious, but also serve a nutritional purpose. We wanted to provide an appetizer that would taste amazing and also provide the energy our guests need.”

    —Jason Morgan


    The Players:

    • Hemp flour
    • Cheddar
    • Mozzarella
    • Cilantro
    • Raisins
    • All-natural ground beef
    • Roasted garlic cilantro sauce
    • Peach chipotle sauce