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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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