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ALL THE HEALTHIEST RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON RIGHT NOW

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Samantha Lauren Poccia

No matter what you’re in the mood to eat, Boston has you covered. And because we’re such a health-conscious city, you can count on these restaurants to bring you the highest quality ingredients, most likely sourced locally.

Don’t worry — “healthy” doesn’t mean a compromise on taste or flavor. In fact, these foodie destinations pride themselves on having an array of flavors for every palate. So, grab your friends who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, flexitarian, you name it, and discover the best healthy restaurants in Boston.

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Get ready for a burst of flavor. This plant-based joint knows how to strike the perfect balance of healthy and incredibly delicious. Their goal is to redefine what it means to eat well, and they’re nailing it. All their food is vegan, made with ingredients that are sourced mindfully, and packaged using eco-friendly materials. And with menu items like Quinoa Tacos, The Guac Burger, and Avocado Pesto Pasta, you can’t make a bad choice. Check out their locations in Back Bay, Fenway or the Seaport. Your taste buds will thank you.

In the mood for Spanish-style tapas? Look no further than Toro. Their mouth-watering small plates are meant to be shared and feature locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients, lots of flavor, and a variety of food groups. Choose a few of your favorite Barcelona-inspired tapas with traditional Spanish spices and get to sharing. Fitt Tip: arrive early or grab a drink at the bar while you wait — this South End restaurant is quite the hit.

Sweetgreen

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With nearly 15 locations in the Boston area, you can count on Sweetgreen to be there to provide you with a healthy meal no matter where you are in the city. They’ve successfully transformed a regular salad into something magical. And because their menu is seasonal, they’re always coming up with a new salad creation to feature. But you definitely can’t go wrong if you choose one of your classic faves, or build your own — the choice is yours. No matter what you order, you can bet that the ingredients are sourced from local farmers. After all, supporting the community and making an impact through food is a core part of Sweetgreen’s values.

JUGOS

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Bostonians just can’t get enough Jugos, so it’s a good thing they opened another location in South End (the first is in Back Bay). This second Jugos is a bigger space—if you’ve seen the original location, you'll know it's pretty snug—complete with a seating area and a full menu of jugos (juices), acai bowls, pitaya bowls, oat bowls, hummus plates, toast, and the list continues.

Dig

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This Boston hot spot (formerly known as "Dig Inn") has quickly become one of the city’s favorite go-tos for good-for-you eats. With three locations in the area (Back Bay, Prudential, and Downtown Crossing), a healthy meal is never far away. And Dig mindfully sources their ingredients from local farmers, so you always know you’re eating the best. Choose from a menu specifically crafted to blend flavors and spices perfectly, or you can make your own bowl. Need a rec? You can’t go wrong with the Charred Chicken with lemon and fennel and mustard seeds.

Clover Food Lab

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The name says it all. This Boston food lab is bringing customers new food to test out every day that’s plant-based, kosher, and so damn good. When you eat at Clover Food Lab, you become part of the entrepreneurial team setting out to make the world a better place through increased consumption of veggies (and reduced consumption of meat). Swing by any of their 12 locations—and if you’re feeling creative—join their food development meetings. They’re open to the public, so come ready to share your ideas!

The Elephant Walk opened its doors in 1991, so at this point, it’s pretty clear that they’re here to stay — and there’s no mystery as to why. This South End staple is serving a unique blend of Cambodian-French food that’s to die for. The head chef strives to maintain a healthy, nutritious, and innovative menu with offerings ranging from Cambodian classics to in-house inventions. Feel free to invite all your friends to join because they’ve got vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for your eating pleasure.

Taking plant-based meals to a whole new level is what True Bistro in Somerville does best. Inspired by cuisines from all around the world, their dinner menu starts off with exotic salads featuring French lentils, maple-pepper pecans, and fresh fruit — further enticing you with some super-satisfying small plates, perfect for when you just need a little something. Feeling a bit hungrier? Check out their large plates. They’re designed to share, but no one is judging if you don’t. In fact, we don’t blame you if you want to keep the deliciousness all to yourself. Our favorite? The house-made spaghetti.

Grainmaker

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Grainmaker's name and catchphrase, "Let's Make It Grain!", might fool you into thinking they're not 100% gluten-free. But the grain actually refers to grains of rice, as in Southeast Asia-inspired rice bowls, plus salads and some pretty top-notch tacos. Serving a seasonal menu of street foods like The Hipstir, a signature bowl with cauli rice, kale, sweet-chili Brussels sprouts, and toasted sesame vinaigrette (as well as your choice of protein), Grainmaker's downtown Summer St. location is a lock for lunchtime. Bonus: due in 2019, Grainmaker has plans for a new outpost in Somerville.

That’s right, this is a whole cafe dedicated to serving—you guessed it—oatmeal. No, it’s not too good to be true. Check out this Somerville eatery for all the oatmeal you could possibly imagine. There are sweet bowls, savory bowls, and custom options, too. Add on an egg or tofu scramble for a little extra protein. You can also top off any bowl with an array of fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Life Alive

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Get ready to nurture your body and soul when you visit any of Life Alive's vibrant locales. This community-centered restaurant serves only the best organic food that will leave you with renewed energy. Wholesome meal? You betcha. Every item on their menu of smoothies, tasty juices, warm grain bowls, salad bowls, grilled wraps, snacks, lattes, and much more is carefully crafted to bring you a healthy and soulful experience.

Tender Greens

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How do you elevate the counter-service restaurant? Install a chef in every kitchen. But Tender Greens didn't stop there. Though they're largely a West Coast chain, an experience in Chestnut Hill or Copley Place would have you believe that Tender Greens was Boston born and bred. It's the food but it's also the attitude. You can dig into the #1 best-selling Backyard Steak Plate (at $14, why would you get anything else?) but you can also trust that the hands that prepared it are uncompromising in the ingredients used and exuberant about the craft of cooking. It's a realness you an taste and feel. Fitt Tip: always ask about the Chef's Special.

Keto fans will think they have died and gone to low-carb heaven with this protein-powered menu. This French- and Italian-inspired concept by Barbara Lynch offers everything from unique cheeses to fresh vegetables to succulent cuts right from the butcher’s block. Stay for some bites, or stay for a meal. Either way, you won’t go home hungry from this South End eatery.

Operating out of a converted shipping container in Seaport, The Farmacy Cafe wants food to be the only healing you need. Superfood smoothies with CBD? Absolutely. Uncompromising dedication to New England-sourced ingredients? Just look at the menu. From their avocado toast to brown rice bowls to salads to shakes and smoothies made with grass-fed whey protein, everything is designed to treat your body right. Fitt Tip: look for The Farmacy Cafe at their stall at food hall High Street Place come fall 2019!

**Updated May 2019.