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When it comes to dining out and eating healthy, making right choices can be tricky. Here are five local eateries that help crack the health-nut code without making you feel deprived.

Citrus-glazed salmon at Dish Society

When it comes to dining out and eating healthy, making right choices can be tricky. Here are five local eateries that help crack the health-nut code without making you feel deprived.

1. Adair Kitchen (5161 San Felipe St., 713.623.6100) recently introduced a “Fresh Food, Fresh Year” menu. Expect nutrient-packed choices like orange-and-pomegranate salad with avocado; pan-seared scallops with lemon, basil and heirloom tomato linguine; and lean turkey meatloaf with grilled asparagus.

2. At Big Yoga, the Big & Juicy Juice Bar (3115 Allen Pkwy., 832.291.0977) serves more than just smoothies, wheat grass shots and fresh-pressed juices. Delectable bites from Pat Greer’s Kitchen include the vegan Choco-LOT brownies, Kale Krispies, and coconut orbs.

3. The menu at new Dish Society (5740 San Felipe St., 832.538.1060) is rife with nutritious choices like the Citrus glazed Salmon with avocado quinoa citrus relish; kale and cucumber salad with dried cherries, or cage-free grilled Ancho Chicken.

4. Flow Juice Bar (214 Fairview, Ste. B, 713.528.9206) just opened next to the new Max’s Wine Dive in Montrose, from the same owners. Besides dozens of juice blends and detox cocktails, enjoy the place’s Kaleifornia Salad with kale, carrots and apple; tahini tabouli with quinoa; or sesame noodles with shitake and edamame. One-hundred percent vegan and gluten-free!

5. Both locations of Seasons 52 tout a seasonally changing menu of choices all less than 475 calories. Think Plainville Farms turkey skewers with grilled vegetable-farro pilaf and Zinfandel BBQ glaze; lemon-herb whole Branzino; or warm California golden beets with goat cheese.