In honour of your health we’ve put together a list of 10 healthy places to eat. Fresh food is fashionable and with such an abundance of natural food shops and restaurants in Toronto it can be tough to narrow things down. If your vegan cousin is visiting from BC, or if you’ve slowly transitioned to elastic waistband pants only, or if you just plain feel like you might have scurvy if you don’t eat a fruit soon, here are some spots to consider.
Live Food Bar
Pronounced Live (like as in Saturday Night), the Dupont and Spadina raw food purveyor opened in 2002 and was the first of its kind in Toronto. Favourite dishes include the pulled burdock burritos, raw manicotti and sweet potato noodles. Live Market, a second location, is now open in Liberty Village.
Hangovers. Most of us jump into bed with bacon and a caesar thinking the grease and vodka will save us somehow by simultaneously absorbing the alcohol and purifying the arteries. Surprisingly it was tough to locate scientific evidence to back that theory up. Instead, you might stop into Pulp Kitchen on Queen East. Order the Detox Darling with milkthistle and wheatgrass to revive your liver. It’s one of their Premium Juices darling!
Walk in when they’re making macaroons and we dare you not to try them. One whiff of the sweet smell of vanilla bean and coconut making love and you’ll surrender to the macarons but feel no guilt after devouring them. Tacos, nachos and pizza are all great savory choices as well. Everything is made on site, from scratch using raw, organic ingredients. Visit Rawlcious in Yorkville or Bloor West and check their website for locations outside the GTA.
Stirring up famous corn soup and delicious jamaican pumpkin roti, the annex hotspot is oozing with love and fragrant aromas. Maybe you didn’t make it to the islands this winter but take a trip to One Love and you might get the feeling you’re on the beach (even just for a second) when you throw back a fresh Jamaican Ginger Beer and enjoy a traditional Callaloo meal.
Clean and cold pressed juice is the specialty here. The friendly ladies at this newly opened shop at Yonge and Macpherson will offer you a shot of each nutritious juice before you commit to one. Hop on the pineapple express and opt for the Gold Rush juice. Smoothies and a solid food menu are expected in March.
If dinosaurs were kicking it in Toronto, this is where some of them would come to eat. And if you think you’re not into leaves, you will be after eating here. No excuses, they’ve got locations spread all over the grid. Have a grain bowl at the Eaton Centre food court, enjoy moroccan stew in Kensington or sip herbal tea post yoga at Octopus Garden’s Urban Herbivoire café.
The drinks they’re supplying are electrifying. Colourful juices , smoothies, salads and grain bowls at this brand new Queen West spot will shock the living toxins right outta you. They’re open till 9 pm every single day.
You do not have to be a veghead to enjoy this Baldwin street staple. In fact, their famous clay pot dishes and curries are just as tasty to meat eaters. If you’re looking for a date place, this is it! A 5-course Valentine’s Day menu is available for $59.
If you’re hoping to look more like Tom Ford than Rob Ford then you might start by replacing your weekly poutine with sweet potato fries. Just as a start. There’s no better place to eat food that feels like it’s bad for you, but really is unbelievably nutritious. Fresh is the kind of restaurant that EVERYONE loves. It’s true, your mother, grandmother and boyfriend will all be amazed at how delicious the bowls and burgers and wraps are. And, for an afternoon pick me up try any of their healthy sweets and any drink on the menu for $6.95.
How can something with a name like Elixer not be healthy? Made from the best lemon, agave, valerian, oil of oregano, vitamin D and Echinacea, the Immune Elixer helps fight off gross viruses and infections and clears the lungs. So, next time you step out to buy a pack of Belmonts, why not try Belmonte Raw instead! The classy east end food shop offers cleanse packages as well as a full raw menu and juice bar.