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Published Thursday Feb 13, 2020 by Fitt

Los Angeles’ 15 Healthiest Restaurants Right Now

Food
Drink

It's clear by now that there's no shortage of healthy food in Los Angeles. But there are a few local restaurants that take clean eating to the next level. Healthy and truly delicious? Yep, these places check both boxes. 
 

Cafe Gratitude Los Angeles
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Café Gratitude 

Café Gratitude's extensive menu is filled with plant-based, organic, self-affirming food that will wow your taste buds. From shareable starters to sandwiches, wraps, and large entrées, they've got you covered whether you're popping in for a quick bite or want to settle in and stay for a while. If you're not sure what to get, try the Whole/Macrobiotic Bowl — it's a fan favorite. And with locations the Arts District, Larchmont, and Venice, you can treat yourself no matter where you are. 
 

M Cafe Los Angeles
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M Café 

This charming eatery in Melrose is committed to serving dishes that health-conscious eaters can get behind. That's why they source all of their ingredients from local farmers and don't introduce anything artificial into the culinary creations they whip up. Plus, they've got something to satisfy every craving, from vegan burgers served on a gluten-free bun to all-day brunch bites (like their Matcha Granola). And if you're in a rush, you can grab a pre-made bento box or sushi from the deli. 
 

Tocaya Organica Los Angeles
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Tocaya Organica 

Healthy food doesn't always mean salads and quinoa. And Tocaya Organica proves just that with their modern approach to Mexican food. They offer a better-for-you take on street food classics (think tacos, burritos, quesadillas), and almost everything on the menu is customizable. If you do happen to be craving a salad, you won't find run-of-the-mill ones here. Dive into their flavor-packed namesake salad with your choice of protein and cheese, and thank us later. Maybe the best news? There are a handful of Tocaya Organica outposts across LA with more on the way, so chances are there's one close to you. 
 

 

Forage Los Angeles restaurant
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Forage 

This Silver Lake favorite is an intimate, family-owned spot that focuses on fresh, seasonal food, and it really doesn't get much better than that. The menu changes every day based on chef Kim's farmers market finds, but you can bet it will be delicious (and look as good as it tastes). No matter what you end up digging into, you'll leave full, satisfied, and planning your next trip back. 
 

Suncafe Los Angeles
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SunCafe 

A peaceful oasis in Studio City, SunCafe is the place for a tasty meal that also happens to be vegan. Their entire menu (that spans brunch, lunch, and dinner) is 100% plant-based, dairy-free, and made from scratch with organic, seasonal, non-GMO ingredients, so no matter what your heart (and belly) desires, you can count on it being healthy. If you want to keep it light, try their Sweet Kale Shake — it's a Fitt favorite. Though, if you're in the mood for something more substantial, you can't go wrong with the BBQ Cauliflower. 
 

Butcher's Daughter Los Angeles
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The Butcher's Daughter 

Don't let the name fool you — the only thing this Venice restaurant is butchering are veggies. The Butcher's Daughter is an all-in-one juice bar, cafe, and "vegetable slaughterhouse" set up in a gorgeous, relaxed venue straight out of Pinterest. If you go for brunch—and we suggest you do—try The Best Egg Sandwich or the Spicy Kale Caesar. And for the adventurous crowd, be sure to order one of their unique mimosas, which include ingredients like kale and cucumber. Fitt Tip: they also have a food truck, which is available to rent for special occasions. 
 

Little Pine Los Angeles
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Little Pine 

The brainchild of musician Moby, Little Pine, is a vegan bistro with a cool rustic vibe that will make you feel like you're in a chic ski lodge rather than in Silver Lake. Undeniably, it's the perfect spot for weekend brunch with friends and features tasty dishes like Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes and king trumpet scallops made of mushrooms. And the best part besides the eats? 100% of their profits go to protecting animals. In other words, dining at Little Pine is an all-around win-win. 
 

Flower Child Los Angeles
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Flower Child 

Nestled in Santa Monica, Del Mar, and Newport Beach, this fast-casual restaurant with hippie vibes makes eating clean and green oh-so-easy. It's all because they don't compromise when it comes to what they put in their food. So, no matter what you order, you can expect it to be made with organic, seasonal, and scratch-made ingredients. Not only that, they cater to palates of all types, offering plenty of vegan, paleo, sugar- and gluten-free options. The kicker? They also offer kombucha on tap! 
 

 

 

Botanica Los Angeles
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Botanica 

Botanica was built by two longtime food writers and editors who scoped out restaurants for nearly a decade each before diving in and creating their own. The result? A delightful all-day restaurant and market combo focused on community, sustainability, and lots of local ingredients. And no matter if you stop in for a spot of coffee, a morning snack, or a delicious dinner, it'll be free of refined sugars, processed foods, or any products of industrial agriculture. Find their healthy plates and happy vibes in Silver Lake. 
 

Bondi Harvest Los Angeles
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Bondi Harvest 

Nestled among the shops at PLATFORM in Culver City, Bondi Harvest serves up Aussie-style beach vibes, and healthy breakfast and lunch eats. From the bowls, eggs on toast, and flat whites to the laid-back feel and hospitality, we'd say it's as close to the Land Down Under brekkie culture as you can get in LA. The breakfast burrito is hands down the all-time fave among locals, but whatever you choose, get ready to celebrate fresh and flavorful fare. 
 

Honey Hi Los Angeles
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Honey Hi 

The aromas of healthful (mostly veggie) bowls and gluten-free sourdough toasts inspired by international cuisine fill this little cafe in Echo Park. Behind Honey Hi are two best friends, one of which is a holistic nutritionist who created a menu in collaboration with local farmers and artisans, so there's no denying each dish is made with the utmost care and highest standards. Must-haves include their Miso Bowl packed with Marin Sun Farms pasture-raised shredded chicken, purpose cabbage, rainbow carrots, and ginger chickpea miso dressing and their grass-fed beef sipping broth. A neighborhood mainstay that makes eating "crave-able, sustainable, comfort food" easy? Count us in. 
 

Sqirl Los Angeles
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Sqirl 

What started as a simple jam operation has sprouted into a full-fledged, highly-coveted Silver Lake breakfast and lunch joint. On the off chance you're not familiar, it's the one with the long line down the block, and for good reason. Their farm-to-table dishes are as tasty and satisfying as they are innovative. The poster child for Sqirl is arguably the Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl filled with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients along with bold flavors. But The Hash and Buckwheat Pancake put up some stiff competition. We don't blame you if you try it all (at once). 
 

True Food Kitchen Los Angeles
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True Food Kitchen 

Inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, True Food Kitchen follows the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet (aka vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free). But make no mistake, at this counter-serve eatery in Santa Monica, Pasadena, El Segundo, and Newport Beach you can indulge in dishes like Grass-Fed Steak Tacos and Lasagna Bolognese and feel good about it. Like some wine to go with your meal? No problem — it's sustainable. And with Oprah's recent investment in the eatery, we'll bet it's only going to get better. 
 

Plant Food + Wine Los Angeles
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Plant Food + Wine 

When you're in the mood for an elevated ambiance and upscale vegan eats, head to Plant Food + Wine in Venice. Thought up by well-known chef Matthew Kenney, the intimate gathering space and restaurant chops, slices, and dices up seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and uses them in creative and innovative ways. The result? A menu of carefully-crafted dishes that are nothing short of perfection. And to top it all off, this spot has an incredible outdoor patio and organic, biodynamic wines. 
 

Kismet Los Angeles
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Kismet 

East Hollywood's Kismet cooks fresh, Mediterranean fare, and they serve it up family-style. The portions are as big as the flavors are bold, and they love to pair them with a good glass of natural wine. What's not to love? Start with something fun like the Freekeh Fritters or Speckled Romaine, then spice it up with Clams in Turmeric Broth or the Fish a la Plancha. Whatever you choose, you're in for a tasty meal and a good time. 

This article was originally published on Fitt.co.
 
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Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.