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THE HEALTHIEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN BOSTON

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UPDATED OCT 30, 2019

If you’re trying to eat well, brunch might seem out of the question. But if you’re looking for a delicious mid-morning meal you can feel good about eating, look no further than these actually healthy brunch options in Boston.

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ELYSE ANDREWS

FITT BOSTON CONTRIBUTOR

Whole Heart Provisions got its humble beginnings in Allston back in 2015 and has quickly become a staple of the vegan/vegetarian scene in Boston. So much so, that they opened two new locations in Central Square and Harvard Square to provide for more of town. This seriously ’grammable joint serves up “Huevos” Rancheros made with tofu. Thirsty? Wash it all down with their heavenly horchata.

With three Dig Inn locations already in Boston (Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, and Prudential Center), you’re never far from a healthy, hearty brunch. Fill up on the overnight oats, gluten-free quinoa waffle, or a slice of avocado or almond butter toast. Pair your brunch with Dig Inn’s refreshing Iced Ginger Mint Matcha or a hot matcha latte for a totally satisfying meal.

If you love good coffee and healthy, tasty eats, you need to get yourself to 3 Little Figs in Somerville. This cozy cafe serves healthy options like Greek yogurt with homemade granola and fruit or a brunch bowl with quinoa, veggies, and a poached farm egg. This means you’ll always be able to find something delicious without totally blowing all the hard work you put in at the gym. Looking for a little decadence? Try one of the Figs’ irresistible baked goods.

Tatte is consistently ranked at the very top among coffee shops year after year — and for good reason. Aside from their delicious Stumptown coffee, you’ll find no shortage of fresh treats baked from scratch, breakfast sandwiches, and avocado toast at Tatte’s many Boston-area locations. And let’s not forget their infamous muesli either — the magical combination of whipped Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, granola, and fresh berries will change the way you think of the AM staple forever.

For more than 30 years, Trident on Newbury St. has been providing Bostonians with fuel for their bodies and minds. There aren’t many places you can dine on great food surrounded by inspiring literature, but Trident is one of them — just don’t get the pages messy. The menu prides itself on many of the brunch basics, plus offers surprises like a tofu scramble and the vegan cashew chili. And after a delightful brunch, make sure to check out the latest bestsellers on your way out!

We love getting our by CHLOE. fix any day of the week, but the vegan eatery really calls to us on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s when we pop into the Back Bay, Seaport and Fenway locations for tofu scrambles, quinoa hash browns, and pancakes topped with coconut whipped cream. The food here is almost too pretty to eat… almost.

This Southie hot spot is always hoppin’ on the weekend, so be sure to arrive early or expect to wait. It’s all for a good reason though — they know brunchin’ isn’t just for Sunday. Choose from weekday brunch or weekend brunch; they have it all. Our favorites include the yogurt parfait, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Salmon Quinoa Bowl, and Coconut Shrimp Salad. But, honestly, you really can’t go wrong here.

Unlike many other Boston brunch spots, The Neighborhood opens at 7am, which is a good thing if you’re an early riser. You’ll probably want to head over to this popular Somerville spot early anyway because in-the-know locals start lining up before the sun rises. Don’t miss the cream of wheat — it sounds basic, but it’s practically sacred at The Neighborhood. And in a city with few outdoor dining options, The Neighborhood’s patio is the place to nosh on weekend mornings in the summer.

Boston’s only upscale vegan restaurant is the place to go for a delicious, healthy, plant-based brunch. It’s worth the trip to Somerville to try the sweet or savory crepes and waffles, or go big with the Tofu Benedict, served on a big, fluffy homemade biscuit. True Bistro even serves up vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, so veggie-lovers can indulge in their favorite comfort food without any guilt.

You’ll feel more like you’re in Paris than Somerville when you sit down to brunch at Juliet, and that’s just half the charm. Juliet’s mostly French-inspired breakfasts are the perfect size to fuel you up for the day without weighing you down. From yogurt bowls to tasty toasts and egg dishes, there’s something for everyone at this sweet little eatery.

You probably wouldn’t come across this place unless you live in the Somerville area, but it’s definitely worth a trip. The best thing about Ball Square Café? They don’t give you a fruit plate full of mostly honeydew (you know what we’re talking about). Instead, you’ll find your plate packed with berries, bananas, and grapes for a more wholesome experience. The menu also has a number of gluten-free options, multi-grain waffles, and so much more.

A staple for the vegetarian crew, this Central Square diner has something for every type of eater. Gluten-free-friendly, vegan-friendly, and just friendly in general, Veggie Galaxy starts your morning the right way with treats like a coconut milk-based frappe or an omelet packed with Brussels sprouts, sun-dried tomato pesto, goat cheese, and a side of sweet potato hash. Who said healthy fare had to be boring?

This Newbury Street favorite has made the must-visit list of restaurants to dine at year after year. And for very good reason. You can’t go wrong with any type of meal, but brunch is our favorite. The menu includes something for all people in your party — there’s yellowfin tuna crudo, a kale salad with a pickled pumpkin vinaigrette, avocado toast with mixed greens, spinach frittata, and more. Don’t take our word for it — go check it out for yourself. And know that Sonsie accepts reservations, which we highly recommend.

Expect your weekend to get a whole lot better with brunch at Tapestry. The menu isn’t too overwhelming, but you can bet it’s loaded with delicious options. Bring friends and order everything, then steal bites from each other. But with dishes like red quinoa scrambled eggs, green shakshuka, caramelized pineapple and almond pancakes, and kale salad, you might want to keep goodies all to yourself. Make your way to Fenway on Saturday and Sundays for a meal you won’t soon forget.

The Friendly Toast certainly has its share of not-so-healthy brunch items, but it’s got plenty of options that aren’t a total splurge, too. The vegan breakfast burrito is our pick for a delectable savory breakfast, and we can’t get enough of the fluffy blueberry pancakes, which can be made gluten-free or vegan. No matter what you’re planning to order, be sure to get to the Cambridge or Back Bay locations early or you’ll run the risk of getting hangry.

**Updated by Faith Brar, February 2019

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