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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.
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.