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ACAI, POKE, GRAIN, & MORE: THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS PITTSBURGH HAS TO OFFER

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KATE HELLETT

JUL 8, 2020

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You know how they say the best things in life are free? Well, we say the best things in life come in bowls. You can’t deny that having an entire, healthy, nutritious meal that you can eat with just one utensil is a game-changer.

Post-workout or just looking for some healthy grub, we’ve got your healthy meal-in-a-bowl fix covered.

Pittsburgh Juice Co. is hailed for their juice, but little did you know, they also have some killer bowls. They've got the classic acai, dragonfruit, and brown quinoa bowls covered. They use fresh organic ingredients, and everything on the menu is raw vegan (and mostly gluten-free). Can’t make it to Lawrenceville? Catch some of their goods stocked at Adda Coffee & Tea House in Shadyside.

What’s better than an acai bowl? Easy — an acai bowl at a stellar new-age diner. The healthy bowl can be spotted on The Lot’s breakfast menu and features house-made granola, blueberry, strawberry, banana, and wildflower honey. And if you want to take the image of your new favorite bowl with you, pick a window seat because they have the best lighting.

Clean Juice, with locations in East Liberty and Wexford, has seven glorious acai bowls to choose from. Looking for more veggies? Grab one of the three "Greenoa" bowls on the menu. Sign us up. Fitt Tip: if you’re vegan or can’t have dairy, ask for the allergen-friendly blender!

Bring on the beach vibes, Kahuna. Right on S. Highland Ave. in East Liberty, you’ll find healthy (and equally tasty) island-inspired seafood poke bowls. And veggie-lovers rejoice! The signature vegetarian bowl comes with tofu, golden beets, and miso-marinated shiitake mushroom. You can also go rogue and order a custom bowl. Regardless of what you pick, the bowls are best served with their signature cold-pressed juice, or an ice cold beer.

The name says it all. Pittsburgh Poke is in the heart of downtown serving up house bowls, or countless made-to-order poke options (including the Insta-worthy sushi burrito). Once you lay down a base (including brown rice and quinoa), it’s time to fill it out. Pick between tuna, seared salmon, and organic tofu for a protein. And do yourself a favor and top it with some seaweed salad and nori flakes; you'll thank us later.

Sushi Fuku is an Oakland classic, and the ultimate BYOB (build your own bowl) locale. Choose from chopped proteins, veggies, and sauces over rice at any of their locations. Want to know how healthy your bowl actually is? Individual calories are listed with each item of your choosing. Not to mention, they have clearly labeled vegan options. Heck yeah!

Find Freshii downtown in the Union Trust Building. Here, they’re offering up healthy, affordable Buddha bowls. Did we mention they have some serious options? Feeling like spicy peanut, teriyaki, or fiery BBQ? They’ve got you. Vegans and vegetarians: check out their nutrition and allergen guide online for the full low-down on substitutions.

Fast, fresh Italian-style bowls — and they’re healthy?! That’s right. Oh, and did we mention everything is under $10? Head to their Oakland outpost or Northway Mall to try the Mediterranean-inspired power bowl, chock-full of roasted veggies, quinoa, and a splash of Greek yogurt. It’s as delicious as it sounds.

Warm up in Squirrel Hill with Ramen Bar. But don’t be fooled — they have more than just elevated versions of your favorite dorm-room noodles. They’ve got rice bowls too! Each bowl is packed full of flavor, and can be customized with over 25 toppings to choose from (including tons of veggie options). And on a chilly day, you really can’t beat a side of Shoyu Broth Soup.

CoreLife Eatery is a recent addition to McKnight Road, boasting a clean menu free of GMOs, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, and artificial additives. They try to buy local when possible, and get this: ALL items are gluten-free from their veggie, green, grain, and broth bowls. Not convinced yet? Snag the Sriracha Ginger Tofu & Ancient Grains for a respectable 320 calories.

Meals in a bowl often make us think of grab and go, but you can slow things down a bit with the bowl menu at swanky sushi spot Mola in East Liberty. The bowl menu has poke classics like tuna and spicy salmon but also includes some new classics like crispy organic chicken curry, locally-raised pork shoulder, and grass-fed sirloin steak. Stick around for a craft cocktail or a customizable bubble tea.

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