New Year’s resolutions are easier to keep with the perfectly timed grand opening of Nosh in early January. The posh new eatery is located in the Montecillo development near the Santi Dwellings on Castellano Drive. It’s been described as fresh and healthy, but it’s more than that; it’s about food that uses ingredients that aren’t processed and when possible, come from local businesses and farms. This month has featured greens and other produce from local growers La Semilla, Desierto Verde, Rancho Los Amigos and Myers Mushrooms.

Breakfast is served all day, but you can eat as early as 7 a.m. Toasted options can consist of avocado, lox and Greek yogurt with dill, a hardboiled egg and turkey bacon. There’s also housemade almond butter served on vegan, gluten-free bread from Savage Goods, known for its monthly downtown farmers market visits. So far, eight shakes are on the menu, or you can create your own from over 25 ingredients. All shakes contain a base of an almond-coconut milk blend, and if taken to go, contain self-affirmation messages like, “you are worth it” and “you are powerful.”

Customizable salads come with your choice of a simple protein (chicken, quinoa, tofu, egg), and can be turned into a wrap for a nominal charge. You can choose from 10 dressings made in-house that are mostly vegan, except for a few containing Greek yogurt. Nosh calms your decision anxiety by offering dressing recommendations for their eleven salads, which also include a stuffed sweet potato and spiralized veggies. Dressings like cilantro chutney, tzatziki, balsamic glaze, agave lime, and more, pack tons of flavor without the usual onslaught of sugar, salt and oils. “Brain Food” will get your mind going with spinach, mushrooms, feta, walnuts and black rice with suggested dressing berry balsamic. You can of course bypass their colorful concoctions to build your own bowl, adding premium proteins like shrimp and poke. Be sure to check out their daily combos, feature of the day and smoothie of the week.

The grab-and-go case is stocked with meals made fresh daily, bone and vegetable broths and cold-pressed juices by Pur, their sister company. It’s perfect for those in a hurry, but the beautiful, luminous space will make you want to stay awhile. And even more Instagram-worthy is the shaded patio, which will soon host monthly yoga classes and a farmers market filled with produce. With a rainbow of local ingredients at the forefront prepared before you, Nosh really is an exciting, new way to eat in El Paso.

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