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THE HEALTHIEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN BOSTON

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

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 they quickly became a staple of Boston’s growing vegan/vegetarian scene. It didn’t take long before they opened locations in Central Square and Harvard Square with an equally scrumptious menu of fast-casual healthy bites. If you want brunch, though, head to their flagship store in Allston. This seriously ’grammable joint serves up Smashed Avocado Toast with the not-so-usual but oh-so-good topping of crispy lentils and lime. Thirsty? Wash it all down with their heavenly horchata cold brew or if you’re feeling adventurous, their aguavitea kombucha on tap.

With three Dig locations already in Boston (Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, and Prudential Center), you’re never far from a healthy, hearty brunch. Fill up on the variety of Dig's marketbowls made with seasonal ingredients or opt for any of their vegan or gluten-free market sides like roasted sweet potatoes or charred broccoli. Pair your meal with Mint Matcha or a hot matcha latte for a totally satisfying start to your morning.

For tasty coffee and healthy eats, look no further than 3 Little Figs in Somerville. This cozy cafe serves healthy breakfast options like homemade granola or brunch bowls with quinoa and poached farm eggs. If you’re looking for a post workout pick-me-up, try any of their smoothies from their “Health Club” menu. The Galactic Berry smoothie is out of this world with ingredients like cinnamon and ginger, and a surprise addition — cauliflower.

Tatte consistently ranks as one of Boston’s top coffeeshops year after year — and for good reason. Aside from serving delicious Stumptown coffee, you’ll find no shortage of housemade baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and tartines at any of their dozen Boston-area locations. The best news? Brunch is served all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For starters, try their infamous gluten-free muesli. The mix of whipped Greek yogurt, pumpkin seeds, granola, and fresh berries will forever change your thoughts on this AM staple.

For more than 30 years, Trident on Newbury St. has been energizing Bostonians with fuel for their bodies and their minds. Here you can dine on great food and be surrounded by inspiring literature — just don’t get the pages messy. The menu prides itself on many of the brunch basics, and 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 this vegan eatery really calls to us on Saturdays and Sundays for it’s simple and satisfying brunch menu. Stop by any of the by CHLOE. locations in Back Bay, Seaport or Fenway for almond butter toast (gluten-free available) or The Sunrise, a tofu scramble made with spicy seitan chorizo and an addictive tofu crema. 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. It’s all for a good reason though — their brunch is one of the best. Plus, they know brunchin’ isn’t just for Sunday. Choose from a weekday brunch or weekend brunch; they have it all. Our favorite dishes include the Salmon Quinoa Bowl and Coconut Shrimp Salad. For a sweet craving, try the Apple Cider Donuts paired with a creamy vanilla anglaise.

Early risers rejoice! The Neighborhood opens at 7 am. Still, you’ll want to arrive soon because in-the-know locals start lining up before sunrise. As their name suggests, The Neighborhood stays true to simple, no-frills dishes like their “Original Cream of Wheat and Coffee” — it’s practically sacred. They have all your breakfast classics: homefries, omelets, pancakes, but then they go above and beyond with their linguica, chorizo, and sweet breads (for your cheat days). And, in a city with few outdoor dining options, The Neighborhood’s patio is the perfect backdrop for a summer brunch.

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 and a helping of saffron béarnaise. True Bistro even serves up vegan seitan burgers, so veggie-lovers can indulge in their favorite comfort food without any guilt.

You’ll feel like you’re in Paris more than Somerville when you sit down to brunch at Juliet, and that’s just half the charm. Juliet’s mostly French-inspired breakfasts are perfectly sized, so you’ll be fueled up and not weighed down. From yogurt bowls to tasty toasts and egg dishes, Juliet’s menu features a rotating cast of seasonal, scrumptious treats. Fitt tip: there is no tipping here! It’s all included in the meal. How great is that?

If you’re not close to the Somerville area, you’ll want to be for Ball Square Café. The best thing about Ball Square Café? The options. Choose from a variety of omelets, pancakes, waffles and sandwiches served for all-day breakfast. For a plate’s worth of veggies, we suggest the Celtic Green omelet that’s loaded with spinach and bell peppers. The menu factors in gluten-free eaters too. We’re talkin’ gluten-free English muffins all day, every day.

A staple for the vegan and vegetarian crew, this Central Square diner features a menu for all earthly eaters. Gluten-free-friendly, vegan-friendly, and just friendly in general, Veggie Galaxy starts mornings the right way with treats like their coconut milk-based frappe or their Harvard Street omelet made with kale and creamy goat cheese. 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. Once you visit, you’ll see why. Their upscale brunch pays homage to classic New England fare with oysters, chilled lobster, and jumbo shrimp. Not a seafood aficionado? Try the Avocado Toast or Blackbean Burger with pickled pepper jam. And know that Sonsie accepts reservations, which we highly recommend.

The Friendly Toast certainly has its share of not-so-healthy brunch items, but it has plenty of non-splurge items, too. For a delectable and savory breakfast, we pick the vegan breakfast burrito with tofu and avocado lime sauce. Then again, we can’t get enough of the fluffy blueberry pancakes that can be made gluten-free or vegan. Whatever your craving, just know they have something for you — be it vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, and that's at both of their locations in Cambridge or Back Bay. Talk about friendly.

No matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, follow a raw diet, or are gluten-free, you’ll find something delectable at Life Alive for your morning eats. Ever heard of a smoothie bowl? Their multiple cafes will become your new fave with ingredients like pitaya, coconut almond crunch, and even the crazy-colorful blue-green algae. As for the Blueberry Superfood Waffles made with hemp and chia? Who knew waffles could be so healthy.

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