Boston’s food scene is known for a few must-have dishes, like a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry, a Lobster Roll from Neptune Oyster, or a Fenway Frank at the ballpark. But the delicacies don’t stop there. In fact, there’s more to this town than cheat day worthy meals. Boston is full of food spots serving up healthy eats that will blow you away
Forget everything you think you know about healthy dining. Boston chefs know how to do it right. Eating clean doesn’t mean you can’t dine out in our city. You just gotta know where to look!
Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, vegetarian, or on a juice cleanse we have a spot that will satisfy your restrictions and your appetite. So get ready to dig in because it’s going to be delicious.
There are a handful of restaurants in the Boston area that cater to the vegan crowd. These spots are so good that you don’t even have to be a vegan to enjoy them. As long as you like delicious food, you’ll feel right at home at Whole Heart Provisions in Allston. The menu, which focuses on signature bowls of greens or grains topped with healthy goodies, has something for everyone. If you have to pick just one, the Tazon Style bowl is a must. But with such healthy eats like these, feel free to indulge in some of Whole Heart’s street food snacks and Kombucha drinks as well!
The staff at this Cambridge-based breakfast and lunch spot is happy to make your vegan journey easier and, especially, tastier. They serve up breakfast eats and smoothies, turning some of your favorite snacks into vegan treats. Try their Nachos, their Cool Beans Burger, or, even, their BLT. That’s right, they make vegan bacon. Vegan or not, VO2 can create some of your favorite snacks and meals in a healthy, ethically sourced way.
Think you have to compromise taste when you go vegan? Think again. Life Alive in Cambridge has turned vegan-friendly bowls, wraps, and salads into flavor-packed, filling meals. Whether you try The Crunchy Hippie with its locally made granola and fresh fruit, or the The Green Goddess with a host of veggies, tofu, and special sauce, you will be enjoying a meal brimming with nutrients and taste without the aid of animal products!
These days, it’s easy to find a top-ranked restaurant in Boston serving up gluten-free goodness. That means that you and your friends can hit Zagat-rated spots like Myers + Chang and can still score exceptional eats, hold the gluten. Located in the South End, Myers + Chang continues to dish up creative, Asian-inspired dishes, many of which are specifically gluten-free. Feast on a rice bowl, chicken + broccoli chow fun, and Asian pickles. Then finish the evening off with a gluten-free dessert like their bittersweet chocolate terrine.
You might worry that going gluten-free means giving up the restaurant industry’s greatest creation – pizza. And we understand the fear because, frankly, pizza is awesome. But Flatbread Company in Somerville has gluten-free eaters all over Boston rejoicing. They offer gluten-free crusts for any and all of their delicious, all-natural, wood-fired pizzas. That means you can now have your favorite meal anytime – just head on over to Somerville. Try their Homemade Sausage, their Punctuated Equilibrium (which is essentially a Greek-style pizza), or their more traditional Jay’s Heart.
Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, this Italian restaurant along the Greenway serves up a fully-stocked, gluten-free menu. And we aren’t just talking salads and snacks here. They’ve got seven kinds of gluten-free pasta. Not to mention their specialties like the Zucchini Lasagna, which has won awards for being so delicious and, at the same time, healthy. From appetizer through dessert, you won’t have to worry about your gluten allergy or dietary preference; the Nebo staff does that for you!
Nothing says Paleo quite like seafood. And no one (in Boston or anywhere else) does seafood quite like Neptune Oyster Bar. Most menu items are already Paleo and the ones that aren’t can usually be customized to fit your dietary needs. No matter when you visit, you will be guaranteed a delicious, seasonal meal. Try anything from their PEI Mussels to their fresh fish – just be prepared to wait. With food that good, there is almost always a line.
If you’re a Paleo eater, Sweetgreen is the obvious choice. And this place is making a splash on the East Coast for good reason. Their food is awesome – that’s the reason. They take salad to a whole new level, bombarding customers with endless choices for greens, vegetables, organic products, and dressings. But it’s the make-your-own option that’s particularly appealing to Paleo diners. Customize your meal based on your protein preference, tastes, and size of your stomach. And don’t worry about finding a location, Sweetgreen is already in Back Bay, Seaport, and Chestnut Hill, with more locations opening up downtown and in Fenway in the coming months.
Not only do they serve up one of our favorite dishes using only vegetarian-friendly ingredients, but they do it on wheels. Which means you can eat vegetarian whenever they post up need you. And you’ll enjoy every bite, trust us. They’ve got Nachos, Sweet Potato Tacos, and even Chorizo Seitan Tacos. No need to fight the desire for meat anymore when Taco Party is out there making tofu, fruits, and veggies taste just like it…if not better.
What’s more vegetarian-friendly than a spot called Veggie Galaxy? Basically nothing. This Central Square, homemade diner serves up vegetarian fare that can also be made vegan and occasionally gluten-free. It’s easy to go on and on about how great it is. So we will. Think you can’t have a burger if you’re vegetarian? Think again. Veggie Galaxy has four burgers for herbivores, and a build-your-own option. Always wanted to try Shepherd’s Pie, minus the meat? Well Veggie Galaxy makes theirs with quinoa and mushrooms. A large menu with lots of options means there’s a good chance you’ll be stopping here over and over again.
This vegetarian-only Indian restaurant will have you looking for your T pass and heading out to Somerville right away. If you love Indian cuisine – and, really, who doesn’t? – then Dosa-n-Curry is the spot for you. They serve up Indian specialties like Naan and Vindaloo without the use of meat products, and with plenty of flavor. Your mouth will be watering the moment you check out their jam-packed menu. So make sure you visit hungry!
Cocobeet is Boston’s original juice bar, and is a dream come true for anyone on a juice cleanse. For starters, they offer fresh, local, organic juices that are made daily. Plus, they have ready-made cleanse packages for every kind of cleanser. Beginners can feast on the Cocobeet Transition Cleanse. The Reroot Juice Cleanse is reserved for intermediate juicers. And the Plant Packed Juice Cleanse for the more advanced cleanse crowd. If you’re not looking for a package, but just need a juice to supplement your cleanse instead, Cocobeet can help. Get your greens with the Green Genes, start your morning off right with the Kickstart, or boost your health with the Heartbeet.
Like its name, Mother Juice is awesome. Not only do they create juices, smoothies, and cleanses for the thirsty juice-fanatic, but they also pop up all over Boston in one form or another. You can get the right cleanse for you at their brick-and-mortar spot in Cambridge, visit them on wheels at one food truck festival or another, or head to the Boston Public Market to satisfy your juice craving at their stand. They’ve got one- to five-day cleanses along with a full menu that will satisfy your body and your taste buds.
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