Luna’s Living Kitchen

Located in Charlotte’s trendy South End, Luna’s Living Kitchen is the go-to restaurant for raw food fanatics in the Charlotte metro area. This raw, organic, and entirely vegan restaurant serves locally sourced dishes and smoothies made from a host of super fresh ingredients. For those who may not be completely vegan, the friendly and helpful staff is available and willing …

Five Loaves Café

It sometimes seems like eating healthy comes at a cost  – it can be hard to find gourmet food that won’t have you loosening up your belt a few notches! The Five Loaves Café seeks to remedy this problem with their “chef driven concept with a focus on healthy, fresh, and vegetarian friendly foods, as well as being sensitive of gluten-free diets …

Verde

Create-your-own salad restaurants are popping up all over the country, and Verde is a fantastic representation of the concept in the Charleston area. Verde creates custom and signature salad creations and serves them tossed, chopped, or in a wrap. There is a huge selection of extremely fresh ingredients, and it’s all laid out right in front of you! I ordered …

Greenbelly

This casual eatery offers the traditional lunchtime staples of salad, pizza, and Panini sandwiches and features the option of creating your own salad or choosing from their large variety of specialty salads. The restaurant focuses on creating environmentally friendly food, and all packaging is made from 100% compostable corn. The restaurant has a gluten free menu that indicates which of …

Blue Planet Natural Grill

Specializing in nutritious, organic and natural foods, the Blue Planet Natural Grill offers a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, bowls, and smoothies.  The atmosphere is casual and the restaurant is popular as a lunch destination for business professionals. The restaurant features a large selection of protein options, including beef, turkey, tofu, black bean burgers, and Portobello mushrooms and is …

Medi

Looking for quick, healthy food on the go? Look no farther than Medi, located in downtown Shirlington. Billed by some as the “Mediterranean version of Chipotle” (but healthier), the restaurant offers a ton of healthy meal options created right in front of you for a reasonable price. Patrons choose from a salad, pita, rice bowl, or gyritos base and then …

Sweetgreen

Locals say that Sweetgreen is “so D.C.!” and one trip to one of the many locations of this regional salad eatery quickly reveals its popularity. Salads are mixed and made-to-order and can also be put into a wrap. Eight seasonal salad suggestions are offered (nutritional information is provided) or you can make your own from a variety of proteins and …

Pure Fare

One of many restaurants to catch on to the pre-prepared healthy foods trend, Pure Fare is a 100% gluten-free café with two locations in Philadelphia that uses organic and local ingredients in all of its meals. Premade sandwiches, salads, and entrees are available in a variety of options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. I tried the Fall Chopped Salad and …

Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli

A vegetarian/vegan oasis near the University of Houston, Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli offers an expansive menu with daily specials ranging from spaghetti to enchiladas and nachos. The regular menu offers vegan burgers, po’ boy  sandwiches, wraps, deli-style sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and fresh juices. For a small store, the menu is very extensive and can be almost overwhelming. …

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen focuses on delivering healthy food in convenient, pre-prepared portions. The company has four locations across the Houston area, each featuring a clean, bright café with some seating. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, juices, snacks, and desserts that are pre-prepared, but patrons can also get a made-to-order salad. The takeaway meals are pre-portioned and come in a variety …

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