Eating Clean in Killeen

Published by: Mandy Shelton | Published on: 17 Oct, 2017
Eating Clean in Killeen

List compiled by Mandy Shelton (see “Eat Local, Think Global”)
Published in the Greater Killeen Business Quarterly 2017 Restaurant & Catering Guide

After all that delicious but oh-so-fattening local grub, exploring some of Killeen’s healthier options can help to counteract the adverse effects of living in a culinary mecca.

Recalibrate your system with a cleanse from Grabbagreen, the whole food franchise opened in 2016 by local fit-repreneur Lisa Kelly. One-, two-, and three-day “grabbadetox”options are available in $50 increments and offer six juices and two elixirs per day. Choose from Simple Green or Super Green cleanses, depending on your level of juicing experience. When you do start eating solid food again, you can grab a green (salad), a grain (grain bowl), or a wrap. Give the Tokyo Bay a try.

GRABBAGREEN KILLEEN
2802 W Stan Schlueter Lp. Killeen
Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Monday - Saturday, 8 am - 9 pm

Fresh off a 2016 remodel, courtesy of the Restaurant: Impossible television crew, So Natural Organic Restaurant and Market continues to serve healthy and natural foods with abundant vegetarian and vegan options. Owner Luvina Sabree has a reputation for being a bit of a hugger, and at least one member of her family will check on you during the meal. The ginger lemonade is a must, as is the (gluten-free) macaroni-and-(organic)-cheese.

SO NATURAL ORGANIC RESTAURANT AND MARKET
706 Edwards Dr. Harker Heights
Monday - Thursday, 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm
Closed Friday and Sunday
Closes at 6 pm during Ramadan

A 2017 addition to the Killeen food scene, Eden Cultures Café occupies a spacious corner suite in Rancier Plaza. Take a cup of quality espresso to a seat by the window and observe the coming and goings at the tattoo studio, sports bar, nail salon, and row of adjacent restaurants offering Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisines. If espresso is not enough to tide you over, order from an ample menu featuring organic and gluten-free options. Overheard from the kitchen on a recent Friday lunch: “I’ve been in the food chain a long time.” An apt sentiment, and Eden Cultures Cafe also hosts poetry open mic nights.

EDEN CULTURES CAFÉ
710 W Rancier Ave. Killeen
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, 8 pm - 12 am
Closed Sunday

When you leave Eden Cultures Cafe, take a right out the door and stop into Viviana’s Frutería y Mas for a fruit cup. This isn’t the “packed in heavy syrup” fruit cup you found in your New Kids on the Block lunch box, but a tall, domed plastic cup packed with fresh fruits and a fork. Choose your size and you’ll be handed a chit of paper from which to select your fruits. Add chile, obviously. The friendly staff assures no order is too bizarre or unreasonable; if it’s on the chit, they can put it in the cup. The “mas” offered by Viviana’s does include tacos and carne asada fries, but try to restrain yourself.

VIVIANA’S FRUTERÍA Y MAS
710 W. Rancier Ave. Killeen
Tuesday - Thursday, 11:30 am - 8 pm
Friday, 11:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 12 - 9 pm
Sunday, 1 - 6 pm
Closed Monday

For 11 years, Pita de Jour has offered “tasty fresh hot” options at the intersection of Rancier Ave and Gray St. Owner Mike Harris sources vegetables from the HEB across the street, keeping stock low for a fast turnover and less wasted produce. More or less a one-man show, the restaurant has the feel of an old-fashioned diner, with checkered tiles and padded red bar stools. Each pita basket comes with a chocolate kiss for dessert, because we all need a little indulgence every now and then.

PITA DE JOUR
904 N Gray St, Killeen

PureFit Foods, with locations in Killeen, Harker Heights, and Temple, is a healthy local option managed so well, it’s practically a chain. If you’re too lazy for meal planning but health-conscious enough to understand the importance of meal planning, this is the stop for you. Perfectly portioned packs of nutrition fill a wall of refrigerators, including options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hard work is already done, all you have to do is decide. If only going to the gym were this easy.

PUREFIT FOODS
1103 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd. Killeen
Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Monday - Friday, 7 am - 8 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm
 



Salad Days: Local Farmers Markets

ALL-YEAR PIONEER FARMERS MARKET
Tractor Supply Company
2002 E. Central Texas Expwy. Ste. C, Killeen
Year round, Saturday, 9am to 2pm

CENTRAL TEXAS FARMERS MARKET
Walker Honey Farm
8060 E. US Hwy. 190, Rogers
June to August
Saturday, 9am to 12pm

HARKER HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET
Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
850 W. Central Texas Expy
May to October
Saturday, 8am to 1pm

WATER STREET FARMER’S MARKET
Water Street, Belton
Year round, Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Local Wine & Craft Beer

STILLHOUSE WINE ROOM
403 E. Stan Schlueter Lp. Ste. 308, Killeen
Tuesday - Thursday, 4 - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday, 4 pm - 12 am

UNWIND TEXAS STYLE TASTING ROOM & CAFÉ
175 W. Business 190, Copperas Cove
Wednesday - Thursday, 11 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday, 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday, 12 - 5 pm

VINO PIZZA & WINE BAR
360 W. Central Texas Expy. Harker Heights

THE VINEYARD AT FLORENCE
8711 W. FM 487, Florence
Monday - Wednesday, 11:30 am - 6 pm
Thursday - Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm

TEXAS LEGATO WINERY
2935 FM 1478, Lampasas
Thursday - Tuesday, 12 - 5 pm
Closed Wednesday

PILOT KNOB VINEYARD
3125 County Road 212, Bertram
Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6 pm

SALADO WINERY
841 N Main St, Salado
Sunday - Friday, 12 to 6 pm
Saturday, 12 - 7 pm

CHUPACABRA CRAFT BEER & SALADO LONE STAR WINERY
401 S. Main St. Salado
Sunday - Thursday, 12 - 10 pm
Friday, 12 pm - 12 am
Saturday, 12 pm - 1 am

BARROW BREWING COMPANY
108 Royal St. Salado
Thursday - Friday, 4 - 10 pm
Saturday, 12 - 11 pm
Sunday, 1 - 8 pm

NOLAN CREEK WINERY & WINE BAR
219 S East St. Belton
Sunday, 12 - 7 pm
Monday - Tuesday, 12 - 9 pm
Wednesday - Thursday, 12 - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday, 12 -11 pm

DANCING BEE WINERY
8060 E. US Highway 190, Temple (Rogers)
Sunday, 12 - 6 pm
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm

LILY LAKE VINEYARDS
302 County Road 433, Lorena
Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm

KISSING TREE VINEYARDS
109 W 3rd St. Eddy
Sunday - Thursday, 12 - 5 pm
Friday - Saturday, 12 - 9 pm