10 Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix
Cheap, healthy, vegan lunch at Desert Roots is the way to go.
If you're looking to eat right, whether that means you adhere to a strict Paleo or Whole 30 diet or you just try to go as local and organic as possible, there's plenty of places in town that serve up healthful fare without sacrificing flavor. Vegetarians, dairy-free, and gluten-free folk know to hit up these spots in town because the restaurants usually list right on the menu if a dish will satisfy their dietary needs.
Here are ten of our favorite spots to eat well in metro Phoenix:
Desert Roots Kitchen
Everyone had that vegan friend in college, or maybe you had a (possibly ongoing) stint of veganism yourself. In either case, there are some bits of nostalgia you likely feel for the days of vegan potlucks. Well, at Desert Roots Kitchen right off of Mill Avenue in Tempe you can treat yourself to entirely guilt-free vegan wraps, salads, pasta and other grain-based dishes. If you're looking for a spot in town that doesn't inject fat for the sake of flavor, DRK is the place. Plus, you can even pick up your weekly CSA boxes there if you're in the area.
Zucchini pesto pasta at 24 Carrots makes going gluten-free a no-brainer.
If you're looking for food that's made with serious thought to flavor and your food sensitivity, then you'll want to head to 24 Carrots. Owner and chef Sasha Raj started this place as a juice bar but has since expanded to include a full menu and a bakery — and it's all vegan, vegetarian, and, for the most part, gluten-free. We had our doubts about food that cuts out all things animal, but once we tasted Raj's vegan bacon we knew we were in good hands. No, it's not as good as real pork belly, but it is a good imitation: smoky, delicious, and definitely healthy. Not bad considering the chef's never tasted the real thing herself. She also sources much of her produce from local, organic farmers. In short, this place is the real deal.
This new juice bar in Old Town Scottsdale offers much more than just juice.
Courtesy of Kaleidoscope Juice
Kaleidoscope was first known for its juices, but it's smoothies, wraps and salads make it a health conscious eaters dream. Plus, no one looks twice if you wear yoga pants or arrive by bike. The "high vibe" food is 100% organic and even includes breakfast options like the "plumbers breakfast" pudding with goji berries, hemp, coconut milk and chia seeds. Some of the smoothies (Scottsdale and Downtown locations only) double as meals and there are gluten free options as well. The Thai Tiger salad's dressing bursts with flavor and the acai bowls are not too sweet, but filling. Plus, there are wraps, salads and even baked snacks ready-made and ready to take home. It's also one of a handful of places in the Valley to get things like tumeric and wheatgrass shots.
A healthy burger for you meatless eaters.
This Ahwatukee establishment is a mecca for meat alternatives. Whether you're a carnivore or a cruelty-free consumer, Pomegranate Cafe can persuade nearly any dieter in the door thanks to its fresh produce, dairy-free baked goods, and an extensive menu of entirely green grub. Open for breakfast and lunch, the Pomegranate Cafe makes eating your vegetables a whole lot easier.
The Loving Hut's rainbow salad is as fun to look at as it is to eat.
Hannah E. Williams
We'd be willing to bet that the folks at Loving Hut were vegan before you even knew what the word meant. Loving Hut walks the walk. It also talks the talk — and we won't get into that here, but if you'd like to read about the peace/love/happiness/freaky side of things, you can read a long story about it. But we're here to discuss the food — delicious, healthy Asian dishes including colorful salads, pho, sushi and curry. Feeling like a splurge? Try the deep-fried spring rolls or won tons. We're not as fond of the "American" dishes on the menu, where soy protein takes the place of meat on hamburgers and chili dogs, but this is the perfect spot to bring that dining companion who refuses to eat Chinese food one more time.
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