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Cheap Eats: Healthy options for a smooth transition from holiday binge-eating to New Year’s resolutions

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month’s edition features healthy options — just what the doctor ordered for a smooth transition from holiday binge-eating to New Year’s resolutions.

A’net’s Katch

2009 Village Park Drive, Knightdale

919-217-0133

anetskatch.com

Just what the doctor ordered: Low country shrimp boil, lemon pepper (wild caught) salmon, steamed or grilled.

B. Good

201-100 Park at North Hills St., Raleigh

919-916-5410

bgood.com

Just what the doctor ordered: kale and quinoa bowls (try spicy avocado and lime or white bean and rosemary).

Cafe Anar

108 Factory Shops Road, Morrisville

919-678-3009

cafeanar.com

Just what the doctor ordered: aush-be-maas (a hearty Persian vegetable-noodle-bean soup), chicken kebab.

Cafe Helios

413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

919-838-5177

cafehelios.com

Just what the doctor ordered: Take your pick — fresh cold-pressed juice, entree salad bowl, or smoothie. Takeout only.

Despina’s Cafe

8369 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

919-848-5007

despinascafe.com

Just what the doctor ordered: Orzo salad with feta, olives, artichokes, green onions, roasted peppers and fresh herbs.

Happy + Hale

443 Fayetteville St., Raleigh

919-307-4148

happyandhale.com

Just what the doctor ordered: Protein Bowl (grilled chicken, bacon, black beans, roasted red pepper, roasted corn, goat cheese, honey sriracha dressing).

Hummus Cafe

169 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-240-7001

hummuscafenc.com

Just what the doctor ordered: goat cheese and roasted red pepper salad (splurge on the optional chicken shawarma).

Hungry Leaf

2608-132 Erwin Road, Durham

919-321-8001

hungryleaf.com

Just what the doctor ordered: Quinoa Mexicana with Spicy Ancho Rancho dressing — works great as a salad or wrap.

Lucky Chicken

Two locations: 1851 N. Harrison Ave., Cary; 312 E. Main St., Clayton

919-678-3153 (Cary); 919-553-5770 (Clayton)

luckychickennc.net

Just what the doctor ordered: Peruvian rotisserie-roasted chicken (I won’t tell if you get a side of sweet plantains).

Sweet Leaf Cafe

1313 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina

919-762-7169

sweetleafcafe.net

Just what the doctor ordered: barley soup, lavash wrap (chicken or turkey).

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