As you bring in 2012, chances are you’ve made a few resolutions. Trying to eat better? Looking to shed a few pounds? While sticking to your resolutions can be difficult at times, you’ll have no problem finding healthy dishes and fresh, local ingredients in Greater Raleigh. Staying healthy while traveling is possible here!

When dining out, choose from dozens of locally-owned restaurants that use farm-fresh ingredients and feature signature healthy dishes. Irregardless Café uses ingredients from the local farmers market to prepare a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, in addition to other low-fat, low-calorie options. Raleigh’s organic bistro and wine bar, Zely& Ritz, serves up locally grown organic dishes served in small yet satisfying portions.

When it comes to healthy food, you’ll always find plenty of great options at sushi restaurants. With local favorites such as Sono, Genki Sushi Bar and Mura to choose from, you’ll always be able to find fresh sushi and sashimi no matter what area of Greater Raleigh you’re visiting.

If you’re on a diet and need a healthy snack or meal on-the-go, swing by Colibrisa Nutrition and Wellness Center in downtown Raleigh. Here, you can swing in and get a protein- and vitamin-rich smoothie, tea or other healthy beverage that will give you the energy you need without the extra calories you don’t.

Looking for healthy options within a specific cuisine style? Search for cuisine styles ranging from Afghan and Caribbean to Seafood and Tapas using this restaurant locator. Sticking to your health-conscious resolutions while traveling has never been so convenient!