Eating healthy is important for our bodies and wellbeing as your choices day to day affect your health -how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of eating a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Combined with physical activity your diet can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (such as heart disease and cancer) and improve your mental health too.
Unhealthy eating habits contribute to the obesity epidemic in the United States with around ⅓ (33.8%) American adults being overweight and approx. 17% (or 12.5 million) of children / adolescents ranging from 2-19 years old are also suffering similarly. Even for those at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with numerous illnesses and can in some cases even result in death. These illnesses include hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer. By making smart diet choices, you can help protect and guard yourself from developing any of these health problems.
The risk factors for adult chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are increasingly frequent seen in younger ages often associated with an unhealthy diet and excessive weight gain. Thus teaching children how to make healthy food choices should be an important concern for many parents. To do this, taking the children to amazing healthy restaurants (like the ones on this list) are a great place to start.
The key to eating a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories per day, (on average this is: 2000 calories per day to maintain weight for a woman, and 2500 per day to maintain current weight for a man) for how active you are. By doing this you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat and drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. Most adults are commonly eating more calories per day that they need to and should therefore reduce / restrict their intake in order to lose or maintain weight. As well as eating a wide range of foods, from all food groups, to ensure you are getting a balanced diet with plenty of variety and nutrition.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the recommended ‘five-a-day’, well it’s actually easier than it sounds. A 150 ml glass of unsweetened fruit juice or smoothie can count as one portion, while vegetables cooked into dishes (stews, stir-fries and pies can all have a large amount of vegetables added into them) also count.
The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease and overall healthiness is far too important to ignore. By taking steps to eat healthy, such as attending the restaurants included within in this article, you’ll be on your way to achieving a healthy, active and strong body filled with all the nutrients necessary for it to function at optimum levels.
We get it, eating healthy while on holiday or traveling can be difficult. That’s why we’ve hunted down the coolest and most healthiest restaurants from around the globe to visit if you’re ever passing on through! So, without further ado here is our list of The 10 Most Amazing Healthy Restaurants in the World to help you keep on the healthy eating path and make your meals more exciting than just home-cooked veggies!
The restaurant is famous for it’s award-winning Italian food, that won’t put you into a bloated food coma. Erbaluce delivers in more ways than one with beautiful tasting food, healthy nutrient rich cuisine and is quite arguably the most aesthetically pleasing food around! Instead of using gut bloating ingredients such as cream, olive oil or butter, head chef Charles Draghi makes his signature sauces with high-quality vegetables, herbs and spices for an all-round lighter and healthier meal -which tastes fantastic too!
“Erbaluce has received its 6th “Best Italian Restaurant” from The Improper Bostonian Magazine & “Best Bar Menu” from Boston Magazine!“
We rate this restaurant overall a 4 out of 5.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Come for the farm-to-table foods and stay for the nightly live music gigs and strong sense of community. With everything from vegan lasagna made with polenta and tofu to the slow braised brisket (smoked in-house by the way), the menu withstands any dietary requirement and / or desire. Founded and operated by Arthur Gordon, owner and chef, the Irregardless Cafe opened as the communities first vegetarian restaurant and evolved into a diverse restaurant catering to all diets.
Arthur Gordon describes himself as a chef with an ‘out-of-the-box’ culinary perspective, allowing him to give birth to the Irregardless Cafe which have evolved intuitively for more than 40 years.
We rate this restaurant a 4.5 out of 5.
Grain store is an innovative and sustainable healthy-living restaurant and bar celebrated by chef Bruno Loubet, drinks pioneer Tony Conigliaro and the Zetter Group. Located on Granary Square in King’s Cross, London the restaurant has definitely earned it’s place on our list.
Restrained by no geographical boundaries, chef Bruno Loubet takes inspiration for his dishes from his worldwide travels and the years dedicated to his beloved vegetable patch. The eclectic menu includes a large billing to vegetables alongside meat or fish, or just simply on their own to make a delicious healthy meal.
The bar is a place to visit on it’s own right with chef Bruno Loubet and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro collaborating on elements of their respective menus. In addition to this, the bar offers a great selection of non-alcoholic cocktails, specially designed brunch cocktails and shakes for all individuals. The restaurant is absolutely perfect for al fresco dining and drinking in the summer.
We rate this restaurant a 5 out of 5!
Bubu is an amazing create-your-own styled restaurant . Make your own bowl at this Asian inspired eatery, with chef Troy Guard at the helm, by picking a combination of locally sourced vegetables, a rice or noodle base and your choice of protein if you desire one. While being suitable for vegetarians, this establishment is also perfect for many individuals who have specific dietary requirements, or if you’re just simply a ‘fussy-eater’ as there is a large range of different choices on the menu.
Bubu is fast-paced and casual, without veering too heavily into fast-food territory. The food is tasty and the decor is modern and sleek. Perfect for both short lunch breaks and light and healthy evening meals, there’s something for everyone at Bubu.
We rate this restaurant a 4 out of 5.
Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
Sante Fe, New Mexico
Good, healthy, honest cooking is what’s to be expected at the Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen. Even the flour here is milled on-site. The regular menu features fresh and hearty dishes and is broadly described as ‘global cuisine’, although the owners host their special Thai night once a week on wednesdays 5-9pm.
Every month they also support a different local charity by donating 2% of all their cash sales to them. While there you can enjoy the blooming flowers and fresh air whilst dining on the patio, or eat inside for a more personal and warmer feel. This restaurant does it all!
“Our kitchen is an invitation. Come to gather. Come to be nourished. Every day is different: Come discover your own sweet spot. Experience delicious global offerings made from fresh, natural, whole foods. Enjoy sustainable wines on tap and diverse regional beverages. Savor seasonal ingredients and thoughtful menus with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.”
-Soma & Fiona, co-owners.
Here, we inspire each other. It is our honor to serve our families, our community—and you.
We rate this restaurant a 4.5 out of 5.
Described as cosy, stylish and creative, Gratitude Restaurant is a gorgeous place offering a large range of both vegan and vegetarian cuisine. The staff are friendly and provide a good service of great food.
The food is fresh, natural and healthy with various exotic tastes. The weekly special smoothie is also described by many to be ‘heavenly delicious’.
We rate this restaurant a 4 out of 5.
Beatrix is an inviting neighbourhood restaurant, cafe and meeting place. With vegetarian entrees and comfort-food dishes this place is brilliant for staying healthy whilst experiencing new and delightful foods.
Begin your day right at this part-coffee shop, part-restaurant that’s well known for it’s beautiful filling brunch menu. Choose from healthy grub like quinoa cake with poached eggs, oven-roasted tomato and egg white sandwich, 10-grain oatmeal, chia seed pudding and freshly squeezed juices.
With the frequent diner club you can also earn one point for every dollar spent with every 140 points automatically converting to $10 rewards to be used for food and drink. Exclusive and custom member offers are also included as well as the chance to reach silver and gold membership statuses the more you spend.
Although expensive we rate this a 5 out of 5 -we really do think it’s worth it!
We couldn’t resist adding this health crazed Cafe to our list. We just love the decor, food and feeling!
Superfood-based salads are sought after here, including spirulina, sprouts, matcha, chia and kale for that extra health boost. Kale is low in calories, high in fibre and has zero fat aiding the body in digestion, whilst being full of nutrients. Furthermore, matcha is high in antioxidants while chia is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids.
With great organic, lactose and gluten-free food this place is to die for!
Cafe Pinson does perfectly without butter, cheese and yoghurt -without sacrificing taste! The crackers and raw bars are just delicious too.
For pure inventiveness we rate this restaurant 5 out of 5.
Opening in 1971, founded by Alice Waters and a group of idealistic friends, Chez Panisse is named after Honore Panisse -a character in Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about waterfront life in Marseille as a homage to the sentiment, comedy and informality of these classic films.
The menu here is inspired by the market and changes almost daily. The organic food is locally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound by people who are taking care of the land for future generations.
The restaurant strives for both environmental harmony and delicious flavour.
We rate this restaurant 4.5 out of 5.
Omnam -Vegetarian Restaurant
If vegetarian and vegan food is your thing, then this is the restaurant for you! Great food with reasonable prices. The relaxing and laid-back atmosphere helps to create the perfect dining experience for all those who attend. With good healthy food and good healthy portion sizes you can’t go wrong.
The roasted pumpkin with lentils is delicious, as are the sweet potato fries side dish. With friendly staff serving these tasty creations you really feel at home whether it be for a quick business lunch or a long intimate evening dinner with the other half.
There may be some issues with pricing surrounding this restaurant, as some argue it’s not worth the money however we strongly disagree and rate Omnam a solid 4 out of 5.
We think all of the restaurants on this list are brilliant places to visit if healthy food is your thing, or if you’re simply just trying something new. Whether dieting, maintaining your health or looking for fun new places t eat whilst on your travels.
My personal favourite on this list is Bubu. I just love the simplicity and make-your-own ideology the place has going on, whilst giving the diner a large choice of fresh healthy veggies and proteins to choose from. The food is fresh and light perfect for any occasion lunch, dinner or just a light snack.
Healthy-eating restaurants are an important factor in staying healthy and enjoying your food when not at home or when cooking has just become too much for the week and a treat is necessary! The restaurants on this list prove that you do not have to attend all vegetarian / vegan establishments to eat well as many of them include meat or fish based meals and / or versions of vegetarian and vegan meals that are available. Although some may be more high-end dining, with prices to match, there are others on this list which are entirely affordable and perfect for those on a budget still looking to stay fit; without resorting to those cheap, nasty and unhealthy fast-food alternatives.
As well as the food, the decor and views from plenty of these places are idyllic and gorgeous. If you’re looking for the full experience we recommend Cafe Pinson, Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen and Irregardless Cafe. These three picked from our list, in our opinion, have the best and most interesting views, artwork, outside dining areas and overall design.
Feel free to let us know if you’ve visited any of the establishments on our list and your personal experiences -we’d love to hear from you! Us here at Balance Me Beautiful love reading comments, suggestions, and feedback from our readers.
Thanks for reading!