Eating right can be difficult. Especially when you're forcing yourself to eat that homemade caesar salad while your friends devour McDonalds. Lucky for us, Toronto provides us with many healthy options to choose from, so you don't have to compromise your healthy diet and give into temptation. You work hard at the gym, so you might as well eat food that tastes great and shows your gains.
Rawlicious focuses on simple dishes that are prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. The restaurant is located in The Junction, and has a relaxed, 'zen' vibe. The restaurant is adorned with super-comfy seating, great artwork, and a lovely backyard patio. The Nori Rolls are made using alfalfa sprouts instead of rice, and is stocked full of fresh veggies, avocado and marinated mushrooms.
2. Belmonte Raw
Belmonte Raw's sole purpose is to revitalize, nourish, and energize your worn-out body. These colourful drinks are named after the specific function they perform, i.e. Detox, Drive, Boost, Strengthen, etc. Made with exotic ingredients like agave, valerian herb, oil of oregano, vitamin D, and Echinacea, these drinks will surely have you feeling great all day long.
3. Guu Izakaya
You can never go wrong with Japanese food. The Kinka family currently owns a whopping 7 restaurants (including Guu Izakaya) in Toronto, so you could say they know what they're doing when it comes to food. With the use of fresh ingredients and some of the most beautiful plating styles in the city, Guu is clearly a place of unique interest.
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Hibiscus has a small, all-vegan menu consisting of soups, salads, and savoury/sweet crepes. If you enjoy variety then this is the place to be; Hibiscus updates their menu daily to keep up with the refined palettes of their customers. It's also worth mentioning that they have delicious vegan ice creams with gluten-free cones.
Indian food may be one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of healthy eating. Annapurna embraces the authentic vegetarian side of South Indian cuisine. Not only is the food delicious and healthy, but the restaurant offers an immensely peaceful environment to eat in. They have a no-cellphone policy, and calming sitar music to help you unplug, relax, and enjoy some grub. I highly suggest the masala dosa and idli.
Though Cultures is a food chain, they still serve wholesome and delicious food to health-conscious customers. Their use of familiar ingredients makes it easy for you to skip the burger and eat a chicken wrap instead.
7. Eat Fresh Be Healthy
Seriously, stalk their Facebook link below, you're going to thank me. Eat Fresh Be Healthy acquires unique ingredients from local farmers and food producers. Their exotic selections, like the chilled watermelon and passion fruit soup, will throw your tastebuds a party. Healthy, gourmet food? Yes please.
8. The Beet
The Beet's yummy menu was designed by owners Michelle Vella and Heather Osler, a certified nutritionist and a homeopathic doctor. Not only do they thrive on organic food, their take-out boxes are also made from biodegradable packaging. They have everything: breakfast, burgers, kids menus, lactose-free options, you name it, they've got it!
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9. Camros Organic Eatery
If you've eaten poorly in the past few days, go to Camros Organic Eatery to recharge your system. Enjoy a glass of kale juice after a good workout or have a meal you know isn't going to mess with your gym gains, but doesn't lack in flavour.
Fresh has four bustling downtown locations including Bloor St. and Queen/Eglington. They're on a mission to prove that vegetarian food can be satisfying, energizing, and crave-able. Their food is made daily in-house from whole, natural ingredients. They make fresh juice right in front of you and they have the best sweet potato fries in the whole city.