Resolve To Get Healthy In 2018? These 8 San Diego Restaurants Make Eating Healthy Easy And Tasty!See + Do After indulging on holiday goodies for the last month, your body will thank you!
When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, it not only signals the beginning of a new year but also the start of the new year resolutions. Since a plan to eat healthy is one of the top resolutions each year, we’ve compiled a list of some of the healthiest restaurants in San Diego. After indulging in excessive amounts of holiday goodies for the last month or two, your body will thank you for visiting one or more of these restaurants and filling up on nutritious food for a change.
Flower Child – Del Mar
With a slogan of “healthy food for a happy world,” Flower Child promises to serve locally sourced fresh food. Their salads are loaded with veggies, like kale and avocados, and their bowls offer a well-rounded meal with ingredients such as quinoa, brown rice and ancient grains topped with veggies and more. Their plates offer a choice of sustainable salmon, all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak and organic non-GMO tofu paired with an assortment of healthy sides, like roasted butternut squash, spicy Japanese eggplant and Indian spiced cauliflower. Flower Child has items for practically every diet, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
True Food Kitchen – UTC and Mission Valley
The menu at True Food Kitchen changes with the seasons to offer the freshest ingredients and the winter menu is set to debut on January 10. You can look forward to dining on tomato and arugula pizza, cashew pad thai or a spicy chicken pita at lunch and dinner or visit during brunch hours to try the new nutrient-packed sunrise bowl, which includes organic sunny side-up eggs, ancient grains, sweet potato, grilled portobello, avocado, hemp seed and cilantro pumpkin seed pesto. Regardless of the season, you’ll find an assortment of dishes that cater towards vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
Kindred – South Park
Calling all vegans! Kindred is a not-be-missed vegan hotspot that boasts a menu full of veggies and flavor that even non-vegans can enjoy. Try the Memphis BBQ jackfruit sandwich, beer battered palm tacos or wizard bowl, which has maple spiced carrots, butter lettuce, crispy tempeh, poblano tahini, beets, candied pecan, tofu crumble and champagne vinaigrette. You could also stop by for brunch and try their banana bread French toast or tofu scramble. If you’ve been toying with the idea of living the vegan life, this spot might inspire you to give a try in the new year.
Cafe Gratitude – Little Italy
With a 100 percent organic, plant-based menu, Cafe Gratitude is a must for anyone looking to start the year with a greener way of life. Their menu encourages health and sustainability with bowls, wraps, salads and entrees full of healthy ingredients. Some of the standouts include the Indian curry bowl, raw pad thai kelp noodles and a vegan kale caesar that includes brazil nut parmesan and cashew caesar dressing. Stop by on Tuesday for their unique Taco Tuesday offerings, which include a grilled mole tempeh taco, a mushroom carnitas taco and a buffalo cauliflower taco.
Muscle Mill Grill and Cafe – Pacific Beach
Muscle Mill Grill and Cafe not only promises to serve “clean, whole food that fuels your body the right way” but also offers full customization on all their menu items to fit your body’s needs. You can mix and match proteins (grilled chicken, mahi mahi, tri tip, etc), carbs (coconut black rice, cilantro lime rice, brown rice and roasted sweet potato) and veggies (asparagus, broccoli, green beans, etc.) to satisfy your cravings and meet your nutrition requirements. They even offer a meal planning service with an in-house nutritionist to set you on the right path. Pre-order your meals for the week in plans of five to twenty meals or stop into their cafe to grab a quick bite.
Cafe 21 – Gaslamp and University Heights
Cafe 21 offers locally grown organic ingredients and hormone-free meats for a farm-to-table dining experience that encourages you to eat healthy. By focusing on made-from-scratch meals and adding bursts of flavor, Cafe 21 promises both healthy and delicious plates. Visit for brunch to try one of their cast iron omelets, like the garden with herb roasted veggies, sliced mushrooms, mozzarella and goat cheese, or the chia seed yogurt parfait. At dinner, you can choose from dishes like the grilled pear salad, spaghetti squash and shrimp or slow braised short rib.
Local Greens – Point Loma and Solana Beach
If you dream of having your pick of fresh veggies, Local Greens is the place for you. While you could choose one of their pre-selected combinations of salads, wraps and bowls, you can also create-your-own masterpiece by choosing from organic greens and grains and topping it with an assortment of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, cheeses and more. There’s so many choices for fresh ingredients that it’s impossible to list them all. Just trust us and take a peek at their menu online. You could try a different combination every day and never run out of healthy options.
Goodonya – Encinitas and Kearny Mesa
Goodonya acknowledges that it’s important to know where your food comes from and strives to serve an almost completely organic menu. If they can’t get the ingredient organic, they make sure that it’s at least GMO-free. Stop by for breakfast and try the Greek scramble, avocado toast or breakfast burrito, which features housemade organic salsa. The lunch menu includes items like the probiotic salad and an assortment of salads and sandwiches that are filled with nutrient-rich ingredients. Need a protein boost? Check out their protein shakes too!
We featured Healthy Momma a couple of months ago. Founded by military spouse Flossie Hall while her husband was deployed, the business has been a great success, largely due to their focus on creating super-healthy meals at a great price. Fitness pros in the area love her meals; we bet you will, too!
We wish you a happy and healthy new year!