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It's clear by now that there's no shortage of healthy food in Los Angeles. But there are a few local restaurants that take clean eating to the next level. Healthy and truly delicious? Yep, these places check both boxes.
Café Gratitude's extensive menu is filled with plant-based, organic, self-affirming food that will wow your taste buds. From shareable starters to sandwiches, wraps, and large entrées, they've got you covered whether you're popping in for a quick bite or want to settle in and stay for a while. If you're not sure what to get, try the Whole/Macrobiotic Bowl — it's a fan favorite. And with locations the Arts District, Larchmont, and Venice, you can treat yourself no matter where you are.
This charming eatery in Melrose is committed to serving dishes that health-conscious eaters can get behind. That's why they source all of their ingredients from local farmers and don't introduce anything artificial into the culinary creations they whip up. Plus, they've got something to satisfy every craving, from vegan burgers served on a gluten-free bun to all-day brunch bites (like their Matcha Granola). And if you're in a rush, you can grab a pre-made bento box or sushi from the deli.
Healthy food doesn't always mean salads and quinoa. And Tocaya Organica proves just that with their modern approach to Mexican food. They offer a better-for-you take on street food classics (think tacos, burritos, quesadillas), and almost everything on the menu is customizable. If you do happen to be craving a salad, you won't find run-of-the-mill ones here. Dive into their flavor-packed namesake salad with your choice of protein and cheese, and thank us later. Maybe the best news? There are a handful of Tocaya Organica outposts across LA with more on the way, so chances are there's one close to you.
This Silver Lake favorite is an intimate, family-owned spot that focuses on fresh, seasonal food, and it really doesn't get much better than that. The menu changes every day based on chef Kim's farmers market finds, but you can bet it will be delicious (and look as good as it tastes). No matter what you end up digging into, you'll leave full, satisfied, and planning your next trip back.
A peaceful oasis in Studio City, SunCafe is the place for a tasty meal that also happens to be vegan. Their entire menu (that spans brunch, lunch, and dinner) is 100% plant-based, dairy-free, and made from scratch with organic, seasonal, non-GMO ingredients, so no matter what your heart (and belly) desires, you can count on it being healthy. If you want to keep it light, try their Sweet Kale Shake — it's a Fitt favorite. Though, if you're in the mood for something more substantial, you can't go wrong with the BBQ Cauliflower.
Don't let the name fool you — the only thing this Venice restaurant is butchering are veggies. The Butcher's Daughter is an all-in-one juice bar, cafe, and "vegetable slaughterhouse" set up in a gorgeous, relaxed venue straight out of Pinterest. If you go for brunch—and we suggest you do—try The Best Egg Sandwich or the Spicy Kale Caesar. And for the adventurous crowd, be sure to order one of their unique mimosas, which include ingredients like kale and cucumber. Fitt Tip: they also have a food truck, which is available to rent for special occasions.
The brainchild of musician Moby, Little Pine, is a vegan bistro with a cool rustic vibe that will make you feel like you're in a chic ski lodge rather than in Silver Lake. Undeniably, it's the perfect spot for weekend brunch with friends and features tasty dishes like Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes and king trumpet scallops made of mushrooms. And the best part besides the eats? 100% of their profits go to protecting animals. In other words, dining at Little Pine is an all-around win-win.
Nestled in Santa Monica, Del Mar, and Newport Beach, this fast-casual restaurant with hippie vibes makes eating clean and green oh-so-easy. It's all because they don't compromise when it comes to what they put in their food. So, no matter what you order, you can expect it to be made with organic, seasonal, and scratch-made ingredients. Not only that, they cater to palates of all types, offering plenty of vegan, paleo, sugar- and gluten-free options. The kicker? They also offer kombucha on tap!
Botanica was built by two longtime food writers and editors who scoped out restaurants for nearly a decade each before diving in and creating their own. The result? A delightful all-day restaurant and market combo focused on community, sustainability, and lots of local ingredients. And no matter if you stop in for a spot of coffee, a morning snack, or a delicious dinner, it'll be free of refined sugars, processed foods, or any products of industrial agriculture. Find their healthy plates and happy vibes in Silver Lake.
Nestled among the shops at PLATFORM in Culver City, Bondi Harvest serves up Aussie-style beach vibes, and healthy breakfast and lunch eats. From the bowls, eggs on toast, and flat whites to the laid-back feel and hospitality, we'd say it's as close to the Land Down Under brekkie culture as you can get in LA. The breakfast burrito is hands down the all-time fave among locals, but whatever you choose, get ready to celebrate fresh and flavorful fare.
The aromas of healthful (mostly veggie) bowls and gluten-free sourdough toasts inspired by international cuisine fill this little cafe in Echo Park. Behind Honey Hi are two best friends, one of which is a holistic nutritionist who created a menu in collaboration with local farmers and artisans, so there's no denying each dish is made with the utmost care and highest standards. Must-haves include their Miso Bowl packed with Marin Sun Farms pasture-raised shredded chicken, purpose cabbage, rainbow carrots, and ginger chickpea miso dressing and their grass-fed beef sipping broth. A neighborhood mainstay that makes eating "crave-able, sustainable, comfort food" easy? Count us in.
What started as a simple jam operation has sprouted into a full-fledged, highly-coveted Silver Lake breakfast and lunch joint. On the off chance you're not familiar, it's the one with the long line down the block, and for good reason. Their farm-to-table dishes are as tasty and satisfying as they are innovative. The poster child for Sqirl is arguably the Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl filled with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients along with bold flavors. But The Hash and Buckwheat Pancake put up some stiff competition. We don't blame you if you try it all (at once).
Inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, True Food Kitchen follows the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil's anti-inflammatory diet (aka vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free). But make no mistake, at this counter-serve eatery in Santa Monica, Pasadena, El Segundo, and Newport Beach you can indulge in dishes like Grass-Fed Steak Tacos and Lasagna Bolognese and feel good about it. Like some wine to go with your meal? No problem — it's sustainable. And with Oprah's recent investment in the eatery, we'll bet it's only going to get better.
When you're in the mood for an elevated ambiance and upscale vegan eats, head to Plant Food + Wine in Venice. Thought up by well-known chef Matthew Kenney, the intimate gathering space and restaurant chops, slices, and dices up seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and uses them in creative and innovative ways. The result? A menu of carefully-crafted dishes that are nothing short of perfection. And to top it all off, this spot has an incredible outdoor patio and organic, biodynamic wines.
East Hollywood's Kismet cooks fresh, Mediterranean fare, and they serve it up family-style. The portions are as big as the flavors are bold, and they love to pair them with a good glass of natural wine. What's not to love? Start with something fun like the Freekeh Fritters or Speckled Romaine, then spice it up with Clams in Turmeric Broth or the Fish a la Plancha. Whatever you choose, you're in for a tasty meal and a good time.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.