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Published Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 by Fitt

San Diego’s Healthiest Restaurants

In San Diego, there are tons of healthy options for every kind of eater. From vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free and paleo, all of these spots are making it easy for you to eat well.

Eve

EVE Encinitas is a vegan’s paradise. Nestled on Highway 101, the local favorite serves fresh and hearty buddha bowls, salads, smoothies, local kombucha, and cold-pressed juices in a relaxed zen-like space. Loaded with flavor, the Instagram-worthy options are chock-full of veggies and poppin’ with color. Feeling adventurous? Go for Machu Picchu, loaded with red quinoa, Peruvian purple potatoes, corn, pichuberries, white beans, pickled beets, wakame chuka (a seaweed salad), and red Aji sauce.

 

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Eve

EVE Encinitas is a vegan’s paradise. Nestled on Highway 101, the local favorite serves fresh and hearty buddha bowls, salads, smoothies, local kombucha, and cold-pressed juices in a relaxed zen-like space. Loaded with flavor, the Instagram-worthy options are chock-full of veggies and poppin’ with color. Feeling adventurous? Go for Machu Picchu, loaded with red quinoa, Peruvian purple potatoes, corn, pichuberries, white beans, pickled beets, wakame chuka (a seaweed salad), and red Aji sauce.

 

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GOODONYA Organic Eatery

No matter what you’re craving, GOODONYA Organic has you covered. The down-to-earth spot in Encinitas and Kearny Mesa (Cafe 160) serves locally-sourced organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO options. With everything from out-of-this-world lattes (made with house-made cashew milk) and smoothies (with GOODONYA Protein blend) to wraps and burritos, making a decision may be the hardest part of your day. Fitt Tip: the cozy spot has limited seating, so have a buddy snag a table while you order.

 

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GOODONYA Organic Eatery

No matter what you’re craving, GOODONYA Organic has you covered. The down-to-earth spot in Encinitas and Kearny Mesa (Cafe 160) serves locally-sourced organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO options. With everything from out-of-this-world lattes (made with house-made cashew milk) and smoothies (with GOODONYA Protein blend) to wraps and burritos, making a decision may be the hardest part of your day. Fitt Tip: the cozy spot has limited seating, so have a buddy snag a table while you order.

 

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Flower Child

Del Mar’s Flower Child is a cheerful, colorful cafe with an all-day menu of fresh salads, bowls, and wraps. The Bohemian-styled space features a big open kitchen, plenty of patio seating, and chic decor. Fuel up for a busy day with the hearty (and vegan-friendly) Mother Earth bowl, topped with grass-fed steak or sustainable salmon. With a mix of grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, broccoli pesto, hemp seed, and red pepper miso, the dish is a delicious mix of flavors and veggies. Hydrate at the lemonade and iced tea station, with flavors that change on a seasonal basis.

 

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Flower Child

Del Mar’s Flower Child is a cheerful, colorful cafe with an all-day menu of fresh salads, bowls, and wraps. The Bohemian-styled space features a big open kitchen, plenty of patio seating, and chic decor. Fuel up for a busy day with the hearty (and vegan-friendly) Mother Earth bowl, topped with grass-fed steak or sustainable salmon. With a mix of grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, broccoli pesto, hemp seed, and red pepper miso, the dish is a delicious mix of flavors and veggies. Hydrate at the lemonade and iced tea station, with flavors that change on a seasonal basis.

 

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Urban Plates

There’s a lot to love about this place. A ton of fresh and wholesome food at an affordable price. The order-at-the-counter casual vibe. And the fact you can eat at one of Urban Plates’ three locations in San Diego and have a ton of options. Hop on one line to order a hand-tossed salad, with optional grilled free-range protein add. Or pop over to line number two for soup, sandwich, or plate — a sizable portion of sustainable protein with two healthy sides like summer squash or sesame broccolini. And for gluten-free eaters — take a peek at the allergen chart for a full breakdown of ingredients and safe eats.

 

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Urban Plates

There’s a lot to love about this place. A ton of fresh and wholesome food at an affordable price. The order-at-the-counter casual vibe. And the fact you can eat at one of Urban Plates’ three locations in San Diego and have a ton of options. Hop on one line to order a hand-tossed salad, with optional grilled free-range protein add. Or pop over to line number two for soup, sandwich, or plate — a sizable portion of sustainable protein with two healthy sides like summer squash or sesame broccolini. And for gluten-free eaters — take a peek at the allergen chart for a full breakdown of ingredients and safe eats.

 

Image Source: Urban Plate Facebook

Parakeet Cafe

Parakeet Café has been brightening up La Jolla’s foodie scene for a while now, and the cozy spot does not disappoint. Owned by neighboring Juice Crafters, the cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu with a variety of toasts, scrambles, waffles, and coffee, with unique eats you won’t find anywhere else. Matcha waffles, anyone? Or how about almond butter toast slathered with homemade preserved fruit and organic berries? Yeah, that sounds pretty delicious too. Grab a pal and starting December 2018, you can flock to their Little Italy location too.

 

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Parakeet Cafe

Parakeet Café has been brightening up La Jolla’s foodie scene for a while now, and the cozy spot does not disappoint. Owned by neighboring Juice Crafters, the cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu with a variety of toasts, scrambles, waffles, and coffee, with unique eats you won’t find anywhere else. Matcha waffles, anyone? Or how about almond butter toast slathered with homemade preserved fruit and organic berries? Yeah, that sounds pretty delicious too. Grab a pal and starting December 2018, you can flock to their Little Italy location too.

 

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Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

An afternoon spent at La Jolla’s Trilogy Sanctuary is heavenly. The rooftop yoga studio, gluten-free vegan cafe, and retail boutique are always bustling with activity and positive vibes. Order at the counter and take a seat on one of the deck’s cushy couches to soak up the sun and watch aerialists in action. This is truly the go-to spot for anyone looking for flavorful healthy food, Wi-Fi, and a relaxing afternoon. Fitt Tip: Trilogy hosts an open mic night on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Bring a song, a guitar, some poetry, or just yourself!

 

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Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

An afternoon spent at La Jolla’s Trilogy Sanctuary is heavenly. The rooftop yoga studio, gluten-free vegan cafe, and retail boutique are always bustling with activity and positive vibes. Order at the counter and take a seat on one of the deck’s cushy couches to soak up the sun and watch aerialists in action. This is truly the go-to spot for anyone looking for flavorful healthy food, Wi-Fi, and a relaxing afternoon. Fitt Tip: Trilogy hosts an open mic night on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Bring a song, a guitar, some poetry, or just yourself!

 

Image Source: Trilogy Sanctuary Facebook

Green Acre 

A full-service farm-to-table eatery from chef Brian Malarkey, Green Acre is the perfect spot for a healthy business meeting. The Campus Point location is a bit tricky to find amongst all of the biotech hubs, but it’s worth the search. The on-site gardens, outdoor patio, and menu make it worth the trek. Craving a burger? Go for Black Bean, a house-made patty with smoked cheddar, avocado, and quinoa. When in doubt add the fried egg, too. Fitt Tip: if you work in the area, show your badge for 30% off your tab.

 

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Green Acre 

A full-service farm-to-table eatery from chef Brian Malarkey, Green Acre is the perfect spot for a healthy business meeting. The Campus Point location is a bit tricky to find amongst all of the biotech hubs, but it’s worth the search. The on-site gardens, outdoor patio, and menu make it worth the trek. Craving a burger? Go for Black Bean, a house-made patty with smoked cheddar, avocado, and quinoa. When in doubt add the fried egg, too. Fitt Tip: if you work in the area, show your badge for 30% off your tab.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

Mendocino Farms

If you are looking for a healthy, filling, out-of-the-box sandwich, Del Mar and UTC’s Mendocino Farms is the spot (note: they’re headed to Carlsbad summer 2019, too). But first things first — samples. Take advantage of the extra bites before placing your order. And when it comes time for the final sandwich decision, Mendocino makes it easy for gluten-free and vegan eaters. Come hungry for the Green Goddess Turkey Avocado Toast. With shaved turkey, avocado, wild rice, toasted sesame, vegan Green Goddess dressing, sprouts, and pickled radishes, Mendocino takes avocado toast to a whole other level. Eat both halves plus a side and you’re a real champ.

 

Image Source: Mendocino Farms Facebook

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Mendocino Farms

If you are looking for a healthy, filling, out-of-the-box sandwich, Del Mar and UTC’s Mendocino Farms is the spot (note: they’re headed to Carlsbad summer 2019, too). But first things first — samples. Take advantage of the extra bites before placing your order. And when it comes time for the final sandwich decision, Mendocino makes it easy for gluten-free and vegan eaters. Come hungry for the Green Goddess Turkey Avocado Toast. With shaved turkey, avocado, wild rice, toasted sesame, vegan Green Goddess dressing, sprouts, and pickled radishes, Mendocino takes avocado toast to a whole other level. Eat both halves plus a side and you’re a real champ.

 

Image Source: Mendocino Farms Facebook

True Food Kitchen

At True Food, they only serve real food (read: wholesome meals made with clean ingredients). Their menu changes with seasons and follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, so you can expect gut-friendly, antioxidant creations featuring only the good stuff. And if you need some kitchen inspo, they’ve got you there, too, with an open-concept space that looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and shiny counters. Check ‘em out in Fashion Valley Mall or La Jolla.
 

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True Food Kitchen

At True Food, they only serve real food (read: wholesome meals made with clean ingredients). Their menu changes with seasons and follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, so you can expect gut-friendly, antioxidant creations featuring only the good stuff. And if you need some kitchen inspo, they’ve got you there, too, with an open-concept space that looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and shiny counters. Check ‘em out in Fashion Valley Mall or La Jolla.
 

Image Source: True Food Kitchen Facebook 

Tender Greens

Tender Greens is simple and delicious. Adding a healthy twist to the comfort foods you know and love, every dish is made with high-quality ingredients. Order at the counter, then watch the team create your dish en route to the checkout. With sandwiches, salads, soups, and plates (protein and two sides), there are several mix-and-match options to fill you up at each of the four locations. Sweet tooth? Don’t pass up the baked goods by the register. The freshly baked cookies are worth the splurge.

 

Image Source: Tender Greens Facebook

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Tender Greens

Tender Greens is simple and delicious. Adding a healthy twist to the comfort foods you know and love, every dish is made with high-quality ingredients. Order at the counter, then watch the team create your dish en route to the checkout. With sandwiches, salads, soups, and plates (protein and two sides), there are several mix-and-match options to fill you up at each of the four locations. Sweet tooth? Don’t pass up the baked goods by the register. The freshly baked cookies are worth the splurge.

 

Image Source: Tender Greens Facebook

Café Gratitude

The bright, calming space in Little Italy is a must-visit for vegan eaters. The 100% plant-based menu is easily labeled and designed to boost your confidence, mood, and overall well-being. And with dish names like Sharing (nachos), Dazzling (kale caesar), Grateful (community bowl), and Fabulous (raw Mexican lasagna), you’ll leave your meal feeling full, grateful, and ready to tackle the day.

 

Image Source: Cafe Gratitude Instagram 

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Café Gratitude

The bright, calming space in Little Italy is a must-visit for vegan eaters. The 100% plant-based menu is easily labeled and designed to boost your confidence, mood, and overall well-being. And with dish names like Sharing (nachos), Dazzling (kale caesar), Grateful (community bowl), and Fabulous (raw Mexican lasagna), you’ll leave your meal feeling full, grateful, and ready to tackle the day.

 

Image Source: Cafe Gratitude Instagram 

Tocaya Organica

If you’re looking for a healthy take on your favorite Mexican foods, Tocaya Organica in the East Village is your one-stop shop. With organic tacos, bowls, burritos, and salads on the menu, this modern Mexican joint serves only fresh, 100% hormone-free meats. Plus, they have great vegan options as well, like the Venice Beach bowl, which is made up of roasted cauliflower, sweet potato bravas, lentils, pickled onions, and cilantro-curry salsa. Stop in and try their guacamole served with plantain chips as well for a delicious twist on the already-delicious classic.

 

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Tocaya Organica

If you’re looking for a healthy take on your favorite Mexican foods, Tocaya Organica in the East Village is your one-stop shop. With organic tacos, bowls, burritos, and salads on the menu, this modern Mexican joint serves only fresh, 100% hormone-free meats. Plus, they have great vegan options as well, like the Venice Beach bowl, which is made up of roasted cauliflower, sweet potato bravas, lentils, pickled onions, and cilantro-curry salsa. Stop in and try their guacamole served with plantain chips as well for a delicious twist on the already-delicious classic.

 

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Lemonade

For a true taste of SoCal comfort food, look no further than Lemonade, a fast-casual eatery serving up seasonal, chef-made meals in a friendly and bright space. Founded by former fine dining foodie, this local staple has you covered no matter if you’re in the mood for a crunch Kale Farro salad, are hankering for their Red Miso Beef, or want to sit back with a savory soup. The love for Lemonade has expanded all over our sunny state, but head to Hillcrest or La Jolla to get your fix in San Diego. Fitt Tip: say yes to the vegan s’mores brownie.

 

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Lemonade

For a true taste of SoCal comfort food, look no further than Lemonade, a fast-casual eatery serving up seasonal, chef-made meals in a friendly and bright space. Founded by former fine dining foodie, this local staple has you covered no matter if you’re in the mood for a crunch Kale Farro salad, are hankering for their Red Miso Beef, or want to sit back with a savory soup. The love for Lemonade has expanded all over our sunny state, but head to Hillcrest or La Jolla to get your fix in San Diego. Fitt Tip: say yes to the vegan s’mores brownie.

 

Image Source: Lemonade Facebook

Pachamama

It’s not every day you find a restaurant that specializes in South American-inspired eats, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this Normal Heights hub. Dishing out a delicious and complex assortment of unique, organic ingredients and flavor combinations, this is where we go for a quality, farm-to-table meal we can feel good about indulging in. Even better, they implement environmentally sustainable and regenerative practices, so you’ll be doing the Earth a solid, too.

 

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Pachamama

It’s not every day you find a restaurant that specializes in South American-inspired eats, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this Normal Heights hub. Dishing out a delicious and complex assortment of unique, organic ingredients and flavor combinations, this is where we go for a quality, farm-to-table meal we can feel good about indulging in. Even better, they implement environmentally sustainable and regenerative practices, so you’ll be doing the Earth a solid, too.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

Freshii

With the idea of making a convenient NYC deli healthier and more appealing, Freshii was born. Offering bowls, burritos, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies, and juices, this joint is keen on making nutritious foods easily accessible for today’s swarms of healthy eaters. Located in both PB and downtown, Freshii is constantly changing its menu—every 90 days, actually—so you’ll never get bored of their fresh taste.

 

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Freshii

With the idea of making a convenient NYC deli healthier and more appealing, Freshii was born. Offering bowls, burritos, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies, and juices, this joint is keen on making nutritious foods easily accessible for today’s swarms of healthy eaters. Located in both PB and downtown, Freshii is constantly changing its menu—every 90 days, actually—so you’ll never get bored of their fresh taste.

 

Image Source: Freshii Facebook

Plant Power Fast Food

Plant Power Fast Food might just be the future of fast food. The 100% plant-based eatery in Ocean Beach, Encinitas, and on San Diego State's campus is the healthy and clean alternative to neighboring fast food joints. With a buffalo “chicken” sandwich, “Chicken” and Waffles, and The Wake & “Bacon” burger, even your meat-loving friends will be asking for seconds. And wash it down with a Kombucha Float!

 

Image Source: Plant Power Facebook

 

 

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Plant Power Fast Food

Plant Power Fast Food might just be the future of fast food. The 100% plant-based eatery in Ocean Beach, Encinitas, and on San Diego State's campus is the healthy and clean alternative to neighboring fast food joints. With a buffalo “chicken” sandwich, “Chicken” and Waffles, and The Wake & “Bacon” burger, even your meat-loving friends will be asking for seconds. And wash it down with a Kombucha Float!

 

Image Source: Plant Power Facebook

 

 

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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.

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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.