I know that eating “healthy” may seem difficult, daunting, or disgusting, but it really isn’t, especially in a health capital like LA!
The last six months, I have been making a conscious effort to eat a more balanced diet, incorporating healthy fats (avocados, nuts, etc.), whole carbs (unprocessed carbs, such as veggies and whole grains), and protein. Though cooking at home is the best way to eat healthy, I love going out with my friends and family, and seeing how restaurants do healthy food. Here are four of my favorite healthy restaurants in Los Angeles, that offer plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options!
- Honey Hi (Echo Park; 1620 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026)
Honey Hi 1) is gluten-free, 2) is 100% organic, and 3) serves humanely-raised animal products. They serve sandwiches, tartines, bowls, smoothies, and other drinks.
Try the breakfast bowl (mixed greens, bacon, turmeric poached egg, sweet potato, and avocado or the banana toast, which are both hella delicious and filling.
2. Amara Kitchen (Highland Park; 519 N. Avenue 64, Los Angeles 90042)
Amara Kitchen is another small restaurant that serves breakfast all day, and it has 1) gluten-free, 2) paleo, 3) vegan, 4) vegetarian, and 5) organic foods.
I really like the green eggs (poached eggs with greens, sweet potato, and beet puree, topped with avocado pesto), the quinoa and veggie bowl (greens, quinoa, sweet potato, and pesto), or the gold coast bison ragu***(MY FAV: served with greens and quinoa). For drinks, I recommend the matcha horchata.
3. Kitchen Mouse (Highland Park; 5904 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042)
Kitchen Mouse is a vegetarian restaurant, but the majority of the dishes are vegan.
I would order the GLK (cinnamon raisin bagel with tofu or scrambled eggs, and avocado), the Morning Glory bowl *** (SO GOOD AND FILLING!; kale, brown rice, avocado, and (optional) eggs), the Sunshine bowl (cashew yogurt with fruit and granola), or the Snickerdoodle pancakes. The vanilla chai latte is MY FAV!
True Food Kitchen (Pasadena, Santa Monica, and El Segundo locations)
True Food Kitchen is a chain of organic, healthy restaurants with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
I like the bowls, especially the ancient grains bowl (miso-glazed sweet potato, avocado, hemp seed) and the teriyaki quinoa bowl (broccoli, mushroom, avocado, brown rice), to both of which you can add tofu or meat. I also think that the spaghetti squash casserole (squash instead of a pasta with gluten) was tasty.
I hope you guys found this post helpful in finding some healthy spots in LA. You can shoot me a DM on Instagram @aimeepham if you need any restaurant recommendations, healthy or unhealthy!