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CityGuide - 8 places to eat light before the holidays get heavy

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As the holiday season approaches, so does the season of excessive, unabashed (and yet totally socially acceptable) gluttony. From now until January, when the inevitable shame sets in, most of our diets will predominantly consist of fat, carbs, and sugar. It’s all coming: booze- and baked good-laden holiday parties, feasts with family and friends, dining on congealed leftovers for days on end. But hold up, wait a minute! It’s not quite here yet. You have about two seconds, figuratively speaking, before your average caloric intake triples for the next 30-something days, give or take. Do your body a favor and eat light before you put it through holiday hell.

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Run by "juicetenders," the upscale juice bar specializes in made-to-order organic and cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and raw foods. | more...

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Mitchell Anderson opened MetroFresh after a stint at Souper Jenny's in Buckhead. Here, you'll find hearty soups and sandwiches, along with salads, pastas, and a few more complicated entrees from time to time. A couple of specials are posted daily. You can eat in, but the food is ideal for carryout, ... | more...

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Lottafrutta offers the Old Fourth Ward smoothies, fruit cups, popsicles, breakfast, sandwiches, and more. Build your own salad with its variety of choices from protein, cheese, fruits, seeds, and dressings. | more...

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Earth- and health-conscious juice/smoothie spot in Oakhurst serving paninis, coffee and tea in addition to fresh smoothies and raw juices. | more...

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Ameer's specializes in Irresistible Middle Eastern favorites, including falafel, shawarma, kebabs, hummus and pita, and more. Expect casual digs and friendly service. | more...

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A favorite among Atlanta's meat-free diners, Cafe Sunflower offers a friendly staff, inspired plant-based dishes, and innovative vegan desserts. | more...

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From chef Todd Ginsburg and the team behind The General Muir, Yalla specializes in Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine, including shawarma, kebabs, and more. | more...



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