Healthy Food in Toronto That Doesn't Taste Healthy



There was a time when healthy food was synonymous with rabbit food. There was also a time when people wore pearls to go grocery shopping, but times, they are a-changing. The new Toronto food revolution elevates healthy food, making it the preferred choice. Buzz words are everywhere, from Twitter to storefronts: local, plant-focused, fresh, unprocessed. Health is becoming cooler and cooler and as far as we can see, kale isn't going anywhere.

The seven most famous words in the healthy food movement are arguably from Michael Pollan from his book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." The top 10 restaurants that we have chosen fit this model well. Some are as pure as you can get, with the raw vegan movement on full display in restaurants like Live Food Bar

Others are not what you would expect in a healthy menu. Hibiscus Cafe in Kensington makes crepes and ice cream health food (trust us) and you haven't lived until you have tried the carrot cake at Fresh Restaurants. There are many ways to support a healthy lifestyle without having to give up the pleasure of dining out.

Once you get the right menu, there is no need to ask for dressing on the side or flavourless mains. Let your hunger build, choose one of our top ten picks and dig in.

Bon appétit!




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Gourmet, gluten free and sugar free, the restaurant Live will allow you to feel more "alive" upon exiting. Although it caters to the raw and vegan subset of the population, you certainly don't have to be either to enjoy the inventive food of...  Read More


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Queen West
Feel Good Guru
Photo courtesy of Moira Nordholt


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Downtown


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Kensington


Hibiscus cafe in Kensington market is cozy like a warm hug. Even if the only thing gluten free about you is the fact that you occasionally indulge in a cup of soup, you won't be disappointed. Speaking of soup, the soup and salad combo gets rave...  Read More




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The Beet Organic Cafe
Photo courtesy of The Beet Organic Cafe Facebook page


The Beet is owned by certified Nutritional Practitioner Michelle Vella and Homeopathic Doctor Heather Osler. Whether you want to eat well when you eat out, or you have a specific dietary preference, the Beet has you covered. The Beet supports...  Read More


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Urban Herbivore
Photo courtesy of Urban Herbivore Facebook page


If you are looking for fast food made of ingredients that you can pronounce, in general you are out of luck. However, chef Stephen Gardner foresaw a need and in 2005 opened up Urban Herbivore in a small restaurant in Kensington. They now have...  Read More




Fresh restaurant opened its doors in 1999, way before "clean eating" and "vegetarian" were on the lips of every second Torontonian. As the times changed to make healthy choices mainstream, Fresh grew along with it, opening four locations around...  Read More


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Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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