I’ve recently been asked what some healthy restaurants in Toronto are, and I thought it was worth its own blog post! Eating out is such a huge part of our culture, but occasionally you don’t want to sacrifice health just because you’re eating out. SO, these are my favourite healthy restaurants that are delicious too!
I’ve organized them by neighbourhood!
Not only does this restaurant carry local ingredients, they have a ton of gluten free and vegan options, along with carnivorous dishes for those meat eaters. They have an amazing brunch menu, along with regular menu.
Fave Brunch: Mushroom Benny
Fave Dinner: Kale Caesar Salad
This entirely plant based restaurant is an upscale option for those who want to eat vegan, gluten free or vegetarian. It's so delicious and the green juices come in a cocktail glass!
Fave App: Cauliflower Tots
Fave Salad: Moroccan
I haven't been here yet, but it keeps popping up on my Instagram feed. It looks delicious!! The salads look large, satisfying and super healthy. This restaurant is owned by the same company as Planta.
This might just be my new favourite on the list. Whenever I go I have the hardest time deciding what I want. The turmeric latte, the matcha latte, the $16 smoothie, which yes, is worth it!!
Fave Smoothie: The $16 smoothie (have spent my life savings on it twice and it was worth it).
The tagline for this restaurant is “Wheatless and Meatless” but you’ll see your fair share of meat eaters at this spot, enjoying a colourful quinoa salad, or a peanut butter and cacao smoothie! (YUM!) This is a takeout location, as it’s in the path underground.
Fave Meal: Dan’s Salad
Fave Treat: Raw Energy Balls
This little joint on Dundas West is perfect to pop in for a super healthy plant based salad and does fantastic corporate catering. You will feel like you've got your veggies for the day after eating here.
Fave salad: Shades of Green
It's not that this is a healthy restaurant per se, but it's a healthy bakery offering gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo, egg free, cane sugar free, vegan (and the list goes on!) options. They also do custom cakes if you order in advance. Would it be too extreme to order myself a birthday cake all the way from Toronto? hehe!
Fave treat: It's a tie between the apple pie cupcakes and the cinnamon buns!
Though much more of a takeout location, I frequent this spot more than I care to admit. The place is a nutritionist’s dream, with green juices, smoothies, and salads with every colour of the rainbow in them.
Fave salad: Make kale not war
Fave treat: Raw carrot cake
See above comment from the Financial District.
With limited seating, you might take your delicious sandwich or salad bowl to a nearby park to enjoy it. Urban Herbivore has a plethora of veggies and quite the salad bar for you to fill your ‘quinoa bowl’ with. They also have some sinfully delicious gluten free and dairy free cupcakes.
Fave Meal: Quinoa salad bowl
I think limited seating is a theme in Kensington Market, but if you can grab a seat, do it. My all time favourite thing here is their vegan and gluten free crepes, made from buckwheat! As a celiac, it's tough to ever eat good crepes, and these do not disappoint.
Fave Meal: Vegan mozzarella tomato basil crepe
This was one of the first ‘raw’ restaurants in Toronto, however they’ve now expanded their menu to include cooked items too. Their main restaurant location is Dupont and Spadina, but they opened more of a ‘takeout’ location in Liberty Village recently.
Fave Meal: Pulled Burdock Burrito
Fave Juice: Liquid Plumber (yep)
This one has to be my fave. Entirely vegetarian, it’s simple to convince a meat eater to dine here because the food is so gosh darn good! They now have 4 different locations across the city, so they’re very accessible.
Fave Meal: All-star Salad
Fave Dessert: Cashew Cookie
This healthy 'fast food' restaurant is your go to for acai bowls, smoothie bowls, salads and poke bowls. You do not have to sacrifice health for fast food here!
Fave Poke Bowl: The Hopeful
I will drive across the city to have brunch, lunch or dinner here and this is a regular meeting spot for me and my nutrition friends! You can order amazing lattes, excellent bowls and even get bone broth in a mug. They describe themselves as a fully gluten free kitchen with both paleo and vegan options.
Fave Meal: The Hero Bowl
Fave Treat: The Paleo Power Cookie
Fave Drink: The Beet Latte
This restaurant gives a nice mix of healthy and comfort food. Case in point when I was debating between the gluten free mac and cheese and the arugula and beet salad. Almost the entire menu can be done gluten free, with lots of vegan options too.
Fave Meal: Bison Burger (on lettuce)
I LOVE when I can eat every single thing on the menu. This new place in Roncesvalles is a nutritionist's dream. I went and worked here for an afternoon and essentially sampled most of the menu. ;) They also carry a number of US packaged food items, like Vital Proteins, that I haven't really been able to find elsewhere.
Fave Meal: The Keto Box
Fave Drink: Bone Broth / Turmeric Latte