Your comprehensive guide to deliciously healthy restaurants in Toronto

Jan 5 2021, 12:41 pm

It’s the time of year that everyone is resolving to up their health game, which is a noble pursuit, for sure.

But you want to make sure that while you’re nourishing your physical self with healthy foods, you’re also nourishing your soul with meals that taste good.

It’s a good thing healthy and delicious don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

If you’re trying to decide if your body is a temple or an amusement park, relax. At these spots, it can be both.

Keto

High fat, low carb. The Keto diet doesn’t include sugar, legumes or grains. This way of eating forces your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. Read: Ketosis. Carbs are hard to avoid, but these restos are helping you meet your ketosis-goals.

B.GOOD 

This spot offers salads that are packed with plant and animal proteins, beef and turkey burgers that can be ordered without buns, and chicken sammys that you can get without bread. Just make sure you inquire about sauce ingredients so you’re not getting sugar where you don’t expect it.

Address: 75 Eglinton Avenue East. Delivery available

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IQ Food Co.

 

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IQ focuses on whole-food nutrition, seasonal ingredients and local food sourcing. They’re also super knowledgable about what food combinations can help customers to feel best, so don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions as you build your meal around a filet of salmon or scoops of creamy avocado.

“All of our food is made to order. Nothing is pre-made. To start, we’re offering a single drop each week, delivered to your doorstep in a climate-controlled package. No need to be home to accept delivery,” reads the IQ website. “As of January 8, order cutoff will be Sunday at 5 pm for delivery the following Tuesday, and Wednesday at 5 pm for delivery the following Friday.”

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Copacabana

You know it to be true: Copacabana is a meat fest. Sticking to a keto diet is easy here. Simply load up on animal proteins and avoid the starchy side-options. This is a great option for a more special-occasion meal.

Address: 230 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 647-748-3211

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Flock Rotisserie and Greens

The name says it all. Flock’s rotisserie chickens are raised without hormones or antibiotics, they’re free-run and halal. Your juicy, roasted chicken can be accompanied by a variety of different side-salads. Again, just inquire about the sauce options and you’ll be Gucci.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

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Burger’s Priest

You can still enjoy your fast-food fix at The Priest… just order your burger bunless. They’ll wrap it up in lettuce for you, which leaves you with a high-protein, high-vegetable meal without all the extra sugars from the bread.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here. Delivery available

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Burrito Boyz

This is another easy spot to hit when you’re on-the-go. Burrito bowls are a fav for all… even those not on a keto diet. Go hard on the protein and vegetables, get no starch and inquire about sauces, and you’ll be good to go — extra guac, please.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here. Delivery available

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Wilbur Mexicana

This place offers up fresh salads and serves greens as a sub for rice in their burrito bowls. Go heavy on the avocado, load up on fresh veggies, and savour the steamy, juicy meats this spot’s serving up. It’s sure to hit the spot.

For pickup, use the Ritual app. For delivery, use the SkipTheDishes app.

Address: 552 King Street West

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Paleo

Based on the diet presumed to be eaten by early humans, this way of eating emphasizes meats, fish, veggies, and fruits while eliminating grains, dairy, and most processed foods. It’s sorta-kinda similar to Keto, but focuses more on specific food categories instead of macronutrient profiles.

Some prime spots offering Paleo plates are:

Kupfert and Kim

 

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Meatless and wheatless, this spot cares about what people put into their bodies. Their whole menu is vegan, but they earn a spot under this section because they offer a “paleo bowl,” which caters to the grainless needs of this diet. Featuring hemp and sunflower balls, sauerkraut, lemon tahini sauce, and horseradish chimichurri, this food will make you feel good.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

Download their app to order.

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Impact Kitchen

Impact is a gluten-free kitchen with paleo and vegan options, and everything looks mouthwatering. Paleo chicken and waffles, steak and eggs, power bowls with added salmon, flank steak or chicken, bone broth, plus a variety of sweet paleo treats to finish your meal. We can’t get to this spot fast enough.

Address: 573 King Street East
Phone: 416-306-1986

Delivery or takeout

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Flock Rotisserie and Greens

As mentioned above, freshness is essentially this spot’s brand. Enjoy juicy chicken, flavour-packed salads, and fresh sides including beets, roasted sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli. This kind of lunch will add some pep to your step for the rest of the day.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest hereOrder online.

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B.GOOD

This spot’s quick lunch options feature whole foods that fit paleo needs. Enjoy seasonal ingredients like apples and butternut squash over bowls of leafy greens, and flavour-packed sandwiches that you can get sans bun.

Address: 75 Eglinton Avenue East. Delivery available

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Bolt Fresh Bar

Bolt offers fast and fresh fuel to busy Queen West shoppers. With bowls filled to the brim with fresh vegetables and healthy fats, and smoothies packed with juicy fruits and brain-health-boosting nuts and seeds, Bolt enables you to shop-and-not-drop.

Address: 1170 Queen West – Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Delivery available through third-party apps.

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The Beet

 

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This Junction spot’s eggs and meat are certified organic, and they do their darnedest to source their ingredients locally. Their menu changes based on seasonal availability, but right now you can enjoy multiple breakfast items (just request them bread-free), roasted Brussel sprouts and delicious, grain-free salads.

Address: 2968 Dundas Street West

Takeout and delivery available – Monday to Friday from 11 am to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to4 pm

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Vegan

This way of eating (and for many, living) includes the total elimination of animal products from the diet. That means no meat or fish, and also no eggs, dairy, or honey. What does it include then? A whole lot of yum.

There are a heck-ton of spots in the city catering to plant-based diets.

Kupfert and Kim

A classic. Waffles? Check. Bowls? Check. Hot drinks? Check. Sweets? Check. Everything you need, K&K has on offer. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel fuelled up to take on the day after eating here.

Address: Multiple. Find your closest here

Download their app to order.

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Planta

You know it and love it. This is the spot to hit for a special occasion or brunch date because the menu is pretty posh, and it’s ultra-Instagrammable to boot. Creative takes on burgers, pizzas, bagels and lox will fill your tummy with flavourful veggies. But hopefully not too much, because you’ll want to indulge in a chocolate terrarium for dessert.

Address: 1221 Bay Street
Phone: 647-348-7000

Address: 180 Queen Street West
Phone: 647-812-1221

Address: 4 Temperance Street
Phone: 647-348-7000

Delivery available through third-party apps.

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Hello 123

 

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Little sister to K&K, Hello 123 is a sit-down-stay-a-while type of spot (when dining in resumes, of course). Pulled pineapple sliders, watermelon ceviche, avocado toast, and kimchi burgers are all mouthwatering items you’ll find on the menu. But if there’s one thing we must recommend, it’s the Toasty Tempeh Sandwich.

Address: 1122 Queen Street West

Download their app to order.

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Bloomer’s

Bloomer’s is the stuff when you want a sweet fix, but if you’re opting for more “healthy” choices, they’ve got you for those too. Bowls on bowls on bowls. And you ought to consider their poutine, because it’s made with mushroom gravy and sunflower seed cheese, so it’s essentially salad.

Takeout and delivery available.

Address: 873 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416-551-0532

Address: 715 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-214-2832

Address: 2901 Bayview Avenue, Unit 107 A
Phone: 416-225-2804

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One Love

This unassuming spot across the street from Bathurst Station is more than meets the eye. Pop in for some of the most stellar vegan pumpkin roti maybe ever and “feel all right.”

Takeout and delivery available.

Address: 854 Bathurst Street
Phone: 416-535-5683

Nutbar

Stepping into this “superfood snack cafe” is like striking vegan gold. Breads slathered with nut butters and fruit or avocado, and delicious smoothie bowls are on the menu. This is also one of the spots where you can find medicinal mushroom lattes in the city. Enjoy a hot elixir infused with chaga, lion’s mane, reishi or cordyceps. To your health!

Delivery available via UberEats and pickup through Ritual.

Address: 1240 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-519-2700

Address: 899 Queen Street East
Phone: 647-417-4546

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Ital Vital

This little spot is tucked away in Kensington Market, and is it ever worth seeking out. Fresh veggie dishes packed with intense flavours are slammed into your styrofoam to-go container until you think it might break. One “lunch” will easily last you three meals, and the price is right. Pro tip: Go early in the day to snag some macaroni pie.

Address: 134 St. Andrew Street
Phone: 416-599-9141

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Live Organic Food

Plant-based, organic, gluten and refined-sugar free, this is true health-food. Kimchi pancakes, taro root poutine, and sweet potato “tempura” sushi are just some of the dishes that offer super healthy takes on comfort-food classics.

Free home delivery in the GTA. (Minimum $50 spend)

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With files from Kayla Gladysz

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