Making a new year’s resolution is the easy part. Keeping it is tough. We’re a few days into January and you’re probably already tempted to give up on that commitment to eat healthy and just go on a donut binge already. Don’t do it. This city has your salvation in the form of health-conscious restaurants that offer food so delicious that keeping your promise is a breeze. The best of LA’s healthy restaurants will have you feeling like your resolutions are a reward, not a sacrifice. Indulge at these three green spots and create healthy habits you’ll embrace throughout 2015 and beyond.
Juice Served Here
A juice cleanse is much more fun with friends, so invite yours to step up to the challenge together at Juice Served Here in Venice. Housed in a rehabbed car garage, the minimalist modern décor – with light-wood accents and pops of orange – practically screams healthy and vibrant. Made and bottled fresh daily, you’ll find dozens of nutrient-rich flavors to pick from. For a superfood punch, try the 02 Sweet Greens: a tangy mix of apple, kale, spinach and every other green you can think of, plus an accent of lime. As you pop the cap off the vintage-looking glass bottle, your nose will be greeted by the clean scent of cilantro wafting out. Or, if you’re in need of a quick boost, try the popular 12 Cream Party: a light and sweet coconut water blend that replenishes electrolytes–just what you need if you left it all on the dance floor last night.
Filled with long white communal tables and warm, earthy tones, the fresh dining hall at Café Gratitude Venice makes you feel healthier the moment you step foot in the door. Peruse the organic, vegan menu and order a starter to share with your friends, like the aptly named “abundant”: an artisanal antipasto plate loaded with different nibbles, like stuffed mushrooms and creamy cashew cheese. For the main course, try the “awesome”: a light, crisp eggplant Parmesan panini accented with cashew ricotta. Or for something more hearty, try the “humble” curry bowl: a sweet and spicy medley of lentils and yams served over a bed of brown rice or quinoa. If you really want to take your resolution to the next level, be sure and ask your waiter about the cleanse meal plans.
For a super-powered, superfood lunch on the go, hop on your fixed-gear bicycle and cruise to Kye’s, one of Santa Monica’s newest healthy restaurants. The natural light beaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows gives Kye’s a bright, bold flair to match the unique, diet-friendly menu. Get your paleo diet fix all wrapped up in a neat package with a kyerito — the healthiest and prettiest burrito you’ve ever eaten. Wrapped in colorful, crisp nori, collard greens, or romaine lettuce, these burritos are packed with superfood ingredients like goji berries and quinoa. Or feed your craving with the nori burger, which is grass-fed beef blended with chard, brown rice, and typical burger condiments wrapped in nori. For dessert, order a moist, rich brownie to cap off the meal — you might not believe it, but it’s actually made with black beans. With dessert like this, 2015 will be a snap.