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Everyone knows the saying “you are what you eat” — so who wouldn’t want to be healthy, delicious, and beautiful?
If you’re anything like us, you want to know where your undeniably healthy food is coming from. Well, who better to trust then our neighbors, friends, and fellow Detroiters? Exactly our point. When you’re ready to get serious about your eats, head to Detroit’s healthiest, prettiest, and most Instagram-worthy spots to grab a guilt-free bite.
With locations all over the world, Freshii has been bringing the community convenient, affordable, healthy fare since ’05. (And we’re fortunate that there are multiple in driving distance from Detroit.) Salads. Wraps. Bowls. Burritos. Breakfast. Soups. And desserts? Are you kidding? Nope. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Freshii’s got your healthy fix.
A Birmingham favorite, Try It Raw has the most photogenic, organic, vegan cuisine we’ve seen. Try It Raw combines classic comfort food with light (and bright) options; you can just as easily order a juice or smoothie if you’re in a rush, or sit down to enjoy a pizza. And trust us — they’re definitely not lacking in the dessert department (macaroon with almond and coconut, anyone?). Fitt Tip: take a shot of wheatgrass if you’re looking for an extra healing boost.
One of West Bloomfield’s favorite juice bars, Naked Fuel is quite the crowd-pleaser. Serving “food as medicine,” the mother-daughter team has created delicious juices for all types of refueling. Whether you’re looking for a boost of energy, some post-workout recovery, or are trying to bounce back from last weekend, Naked Fuel has just the thing. And with an incredibly cozy and modern atmosphere, this beautiful hole-in-the-wall is about to be your new go-to.
Searching for the perfect mom-and-pop to get that 100% local, organic breakfast? Look no further — Rose’s Fine Food in Downtown Detroit offers fresh, organic options from 8am to 3pm and serves the community more than just food, too. Every month, a percentage of their overall tips are donated to a Detroit-based charity. Eat here and feel good in more ways than one.
Another locally-sourced menu full of vibrant, vegan fare, Corktown’s Brooklyn Street Local is all about environmentally-sustainable practices and community growth. Brunch here on the weekend, or enjoy the everyday breakfast and lunch menu all week long. Here, your burger is organic, and your greens grew up right down the street.
This exquisite “salad bar” can be found in both downtown Detroit and Birmingham. Here, you can create your own farm-to-fork salad, or choose from one of their hand-crafted menu items. Not a salad-lover? Not a problem — 7 Greens offers power bowls and wraps, too… without skimping on the sauce! All of their amazing gluten-free sauces like Beet Greek, Pomegranate Sumac, and Spicy Cashew are made in-house daily and will take your meal to the next level.
Armed with 100% plant-based, all-natural, organic goods, Detroit Vegan Soul offers locals all kinds of beautiful, nutritious dishes. Carry out or dine in at the West Village or Grandmont location. No matter where you eat it, you’ll be given a choice of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, desserts, and smoothies — it’s clear Detroit Vegan Soul is the perfect spot for any time of the day. And bring the whole fam; they have a kid-friendly menu!
This superfood-filled menu is perfect for anyone on the go. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout or midday snack, Cacao Tree Cafe has options galore. Try one of the superfruit, protein-filled smoothies, grab a handcrafted wrap, or sit down to enjoy one of their beautiful (and tasty) salads at this Royal Oak spot.
Though they’ve been voted Detroit’s best smoothie three years running, don’t sleep on Beyond Juicery + Eatery’s amazing juice and food items. Pop into their Eastern Market digs and try one of their famous pre-made salads and wraps, or build your own. Whatever flavor your taste buds are calling for, you can get it from Beyond. Fruity, chocolatey, savory, sweet — you’ll be able to find something that pleases every corner of your mouth here. Can’t make the Eastern Market shop? Try one of their four other locations.
With lots vegan and non-vegan options, this menu (in both Detroit and Ann Arbor) will please almost any craving. From the General Tso’s Cauliflower to the Artichoke Po Boy, nutrition nerds go nuts over the variety of well-rounded cuisine. Hidden behind the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the Detroit spot encompasses an urban vibe with brick walls and vaulted wood ceilings.
Call this one farm-to-flavor. The plant-based, physician-owned restaurant, GreenSpace, is a must try. Tucked away in the city of Ferndale, GreenSpace offers gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and oil-free options — talk about a health nut’s fantasy. With an earthy, open vibe and beautifully plated dishes, make a date for brunch, lunch, or dinner (with a “conscious cocktail”) you can feel good about. And if you want these healthy eats in a hurry, try out GreenSpace’s spinoff GreenSpace & Go in Royal Oak.
Looking for a healthy brunch or lunch? Look no further. Royal Oak’s Inn Season Café has ALL the options and is the perfect spot to sit down or grab on the go. A wide range of vegan and vegetarian items fill this menu — from Mexican to Mediterranean; salads or sandwiches; beans and burgers. Grab an app if you’re dining at dinner or the Scramble Special if you’re visiting for Sunday brunch.
If raw is your thing, then so is Living Zen Organics. Run by the Monks of Detroit Zen Center—yes, monks—Living Zen Organics is tucked away in the heart of Hamtramck. Even with a limited menu, this 100% organic spot has one of everything. Try the veggie-packed soup, one of two salads, the burrito, or the Monk’s Bowl, but don’t forget… always save room for dessert (it’s organic, too).
Loya Organic in West Bloomfield gives us all the answers to our most important food questions — like ‘where’s it from?’ Loya proudly uses locally-raised Michigan meats and organic, locally-grown produce to make up their Mediterranean-style menu. Alongside Loya’s delicious chicken, beef, and fish dishes, you can even find vegan options, too. And don’t worry — if you still have room, they have several delectable desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth.
If you’re a Ferndale local, you know Anita’s Kitchen has the best farm-to-table goods. This Middle Eastern eatery opened a healthy take-out spot in the heart of Downtown Detroit called AKtakeaway. If you’re in a hurry, you can now choose from their Chicken Feta Fattoush salad, Lemon Lentil soup, or Hommus & Tabbouleh sandwich. If you’re craving authentic Middle Eastern fare—and need it fast—you’ve come to the right spot.
Fresh Forage’s menu loaded with locally-sourced ingredients is bound to satisfy your healthy food dreams. Create your own custom bowl by choosing a base, protein, veggies, and a garnish — not to mention a selection of dressings including roasted garlic aioli, sriracha aioli, GF ponzu, sweet sesame heat, or pineapple bomb. The multitude of vegan and gluten-free options at this Ann Arbor food joint will impress even the healthiest of foodies.
**Updated by Kelly Sundberg, October 2018