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ALL THE HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN ATLANTA RIGHT NOW

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UPDATED JAN 12, 2020

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean chicken and salad for lunch every day. When it comes to choosing good food to fuel your day, Atlanta’s restaurant scene has more than a few menus that allow you to pile food on your plate without piling on the guilt.

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SAMANTHA DIMAURO

FITT ATLANTA CONTRIBUTOR

You won’t find any GMOs, artificial sweeteners, or high-fructose corn syrup on this menu. Coming from the same masterminds behind YEAH! BURGER, this healthy fast food joint is a true gem in West Midtown. We’re talking organic salads piled high with the goods, grain and smoothie bowls, fresh-pressed juice, toast topped with avocado or almond butter, and even superfood lattes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Magic Mushroom latte. Served hot or cold, it’s made with chaga mushroom, peppermint, rose hips, agave, vanilla, and almond milk.

Cafe Sunflower offers a 100% vegan menu that’s loved by carnivores and herbivores alike. Each location has slightly different items (with the flagship in Sandy Springs boasting fresh-pressed juice and Buckhead serving brunch), so consider your cravings before heading to either one. However, both have their own versions of baked stuffed acorn squash, as well as spring rolls, steamed dumplings, and spicy pad Thai noodles.

Finally, a good old-fashioned meat-and-bread meal that won’t leave you feeling guilty. The burgers at Farm Burger are made with meat that is grass-fed, locally raised and ground fresh in-house before being put on the griddle (and you can substitute chicken or a veggie quinoa patty). The signatures are always solid, but you can build your own and choose from toppings like oxtail marmalade, gruyere, and roasted bone marrow, too. FB is popping up all over Atlanta (including at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Midtown Whole Foods), but also look for them around the Southeast (and as far as California).

Founder Kameel Srouji opened Aviva by Kameel downtown to bring Mediterranean dishes made with quality local produce to Atlanta. Leaving the butter behind, they exclusively use olive oil for their cooking — and the cleaner, fresher flavor is evident in any of the delectable dishes. Indulge in delicacies like lamb shawarma or rosemary chicken, and don’t leave without devouring a side of falafel… or a falafel sandwich.

This well-known spot is much loved for its array of fresh-pressed juices, but don’t overlook their more filling menu options. Acai bowls, tuna wraps, and avocado toast are just a few of the shining stars alongside a long list of salads, hummus, and grain bowls. Try the beet salad — a mix of raw beets, arugula, sunflower sprouts, walnuts, goat cheese, and other healthy ingredients. And you’ll likely be seeing them often — KMC is quickly growing, with locations all over Atlanta, and as far away as Denver, CO.

As children, we loved Recess. As adults, we love Recess. But for us, it's less about kickball and more about eating your vegetables. Recess, a limited-seat food stall at Krog Street Market, pushes a veggie-forward agenda, serving an ultra-healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From the My Farro Lady bowl with farro, kale pesto, and charred broccolini over a spaghetti squash salad to a roasted chicken sandwich with beet hummus, everything you eat here is unique, delicious, and good for you.

As the only Ayurvedic restaurant on this list, and possibly all of Atlanta, you should get to know {SAMA} Food For Balance. This Buckhead counter-service cafe doubles as a meditation studio, and the food is just as mindful of your diet as the 45-minute sessions are for your stress level. The whole menu is based around the principles of Ayurveda, catering to your "entire physiological structure and function to achieve balance, longevity, and good health in the mind, body, and spirit." But you don't have to be an Ayurvedic expert to see that their juices, smoothies, coffees and teas, salads, acai bowls, and savory "Balance Bowls" are good for paleos/ketos, vegetarians/vegans, and gluten-free eaters, too!

You’ll find outposts of this chain in many major cities across the US, but the one in Lenox Square and another in Alpharetta are dear to our hearts. Their menu options cater to an anti-inflammatory diet, meaning all the noms encourage simple changes in eating habits to avoid chronic inflammation, the cause of health problems like heart disease and cancer. So what does that mean? They minimize tropical fruits, load up on all the veggies, use spices like ginger and turmeric, and even have a place for dark chocolate. Plus, they cater any diet — keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian... you name it.

This farm-to-table spot set up in a Westside refurbished warehouse in 2009 and has been dishing out wholesome Southern cuisine ever since. Miller Union’s founder and executive chef Steven Satterfield is dedicated to organic cooking, creating menus to match the changing harvest of each season — meaning he’s all about garden-fresh flavors and dishes driven by vegetables and herbs, and you’ll taste it. Go here to devour wholesome Southern indulgences like grit fritters, seared pork belly, and grilled quail.

Serving up flavorful dishes packed full of fresh ingredients created to help you radiate from the inside out, it’s not hard to love Flower Child’s colorful and inviting spaces in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. And they’ve got every type of dieter in mind — gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free included. Nosh on their Avocado Hummus while you wait for your Mother Earth or Vegan Ramen Bowl. And for sides, the Red Chili Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Yuzu Brussel Sprouts will not disappoint. When you have a little extra time, take a moment to relax and dine in, just don’t forget to park your yoga mat in their designated mat areas.

Head Chef Wendy Chang serves up super-healthy, vegan pan-Asian fusion cuisine out of this upscale Midtown hot spot. She came to Atlanta at age 17, relocating from Taiwan, and operated multiple successful restaurant ventures before dedicating her skill to a green and healthy movement at Herban Fix. Dress to the nines when you show up to sift through a menu of creative, flavorful dishes like coconut soup with veggies and shallots, or seared pom pom mushroom steak.

While Chopt already has locations all over the country, they’ve also established themselves in Atlanta with locations in Toco Hills and Buckhead. And, as the name indicates, you can expect to see salads, wraps, and warm bowls full of fresh ingredients on the menu. You’ll always find signature selections like the Kale Caesar, Chicken Tinga, and Kebab Cobb, but they also frequently feature unique specials that are packing some serious flavor. Oh, and they have craft every craveable creation right in front of you, so you can watch the skilled staff chop your salad into perfectly portioned bites before your eyes.

This Buckhead gem (and West Midtown as of 2020) is more than just a neighborhood cafe; they’re also committed to sharing their good-for-you eats to those outside of Atlanta. That's why they ship their soups to hungry health-conscious folks all over the country. But if you’re swinging by the eatery in-person, pair one of their superfood smoothies with a Magic Muffin (somehow, they’ve found a way to work greens into a gluten-free and refined sugar-free treat) or try a salad topped with one of their creative house-made dressings (hello, fire cider vinaigrette). But no matter what you pick, be sure to grab some soup to go. With picks like the Green Miracle, you’ve just got to taste them for yourself.

Inside Westside Provisions, you’ll find Aziza, an inviting local spot with a space that manages to be both open concept and cozy, and a menu centered around authentic Israeli cuisine cooked in a wood-fired oven. Choices change frequently, but you can always expect fresh, seasonal veggies and meats prepared with plenty of Israeli inspo. Fitt Tip: Want it to-go? Stop by Aziza’s Falafel Nation counter-serve concept just a stone’s throw away for hummus bowls, falafel, pitas, and other vegetarian street food.

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