Most people will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what about the other meals? If you’re as active as you say you are, you can end up being ravenously hungry at all hours of the day.
Don’t blow your hard work on that 2am crunchwrap supreme (they’re never as good they sound). When your stomach growls, it’s time for some healthy grub, no matter what time of day it is. Pittsburgh’s got every meal covered, even the in-between ones, with these epically nutritious eats.
Rise and grind, Pittsburgh. If you woke up dazed, famished, and ready to get the day rolling, wipe the sleep out of your eyes and get to Lawrenceville (though, you’ll still be drooling). Breakfast at B52 Cafe means vegan Mediterranean and Middle Eastern munchies mixed with tofu scrambles and thick-cut avocado toast…all with a much-needed espresso. But if you want definition hearty, sit down at Coca Café for house-made, filling meals that can be made vegetarian or vegan.
Brunch may well be the best thing ever to happen to humankind. Whoever decided to prolong breakfast and spread out lunch into the ultimate meal mash-up needs a day dedicated to them. Well if your day needs a brunch, Lili Cafe’s Sunday brunch is magical. Settle in for an ever-changing menu of fresh-made healthy eats complete with coffee and juice (all-in for about 11 bucks). And for another great food feat, Zenith in the South Side offers their Sunday brunch in buffet format for all your vegan pancake needs.
If you’re like us, you start thinking of lunch the moment breakfast ends. Unfortunately, most people don’t have enough imagination when it comes to lunch (and a healthy one at that). So get some delicious inspiration from Smallman Galley in the Strip, offering four restaurants in one space. The lunch combos are endless at the Galley with veggie-loving Carota Cafe and ever-popular Josephine’s Toast, among others.
The time between lunch and dinner can be brutal and some days call for a snack. But that granola bar you have isn’t that healthy and you’ve already eaten three Clementines. That’s when you hit up Bluebird Kitchen by Market Square or on Stanwix Street downtown. They’re truly creators, hitting you with a quick sandwich, salad, or hot entree (made with Pittsburgh-area ingredients) to stave off the mid-afternoon tummy growling. But if we want a snack that we can hold in one hand and multi-task with the other, we go to Salúd Juicery in Shadyside, Sewickley, and now in the Frick Building downtown. Picture this: Sipping a beet juice or shoveling a 29 Power Bowl AND scrolling the Fitt Instagram at the same time.
Going out to dinner in Pittsburgh is just a blessing. We have almost too many mouth watering places to eat around the city – just ask Zagat. But when you’re looking to eat clean and clean your plate, try Spinach in Shadyside for really good (and really raw) vegan eats. For when you have very un-vegan cravings, get to Gaucho Parilla Argentina in the Strip for wood-fired meats, vegetables, and an enormous vat of paella. And when you’re looking to impress on a date (and the weather’s cooperating), order up some veggie-heavy Thai cuisine from Pusadee’s Garden’s Lawrenceville patio. Fitt tip: It’s BYOB, so…
Why is it that at approximately 10pm, we need to drop everything and find food IMMEDIATELY? You could get something greasy. Or you could do late-night right. Until midnight on weekends, Smoke BBQ Taqueria unleashes small sammies, ribs, and queso on Lawrenceville crowds. If you’re paleo, this high-quality, carefully sourced meat and cheese is your jam. And late night scavenging wouldn’t even be a thing without pizza. Scarf a slice (or whole pie) of Spak Brothers’ famous vegan mozzarella pizza and, our go-to, Buffalo Seitan Wings (they’re vegan too) until 11pm at their Garfield shop.
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