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Published Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 by Fitt

San Diego’s Healthiest Restaurants

In San Diego, there are tons of healthy options for every kind of eater. From vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free and paleo, all of these spots are making it easy for you to eat well.

Eve

EVE Encinitas is a vegan’s paradise. Nestled on Highway 101, the local favorite serves fresh and hearty buddha bowls, salads, smoothies, local kombucha, and cold-pressed juices in a relaxed zen-like space. Loaded with flavor, the Instagram-worthy options are chock-full of veggies and poppin’ with color. Feeling adventurous? Go for Machu Picchu, loaded with red quinoa, Peruvian purple potatoes, corn, pichuberries, white beans, pickled beets, wakame chuka (a seaweed salad), and red Aji sauce.

 

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Eve

EVE Encinitas is a vegan’s paradise. Nestled on Highway 101, the local favorite serves fresh and hearty buddha bowls, salads, smoothies, local kombucha, and cold-pressed juices in a relaxed zen-like space. Loaded with flavor, the Instagram-worthy options are chock-full of veggies and poppin’ with color. Feeling adventurous? Go for Machu Picchu, loaded with red quinoa, Peruvian purple potatoes, corn, pichuberries, white beans, pickled beets, wakame chuka (a seaweed salad), and red Aji sauce.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

GOODONYA Organic Eatery

No matter what you’re craving, GOODONYA Organic has you covered. The down-to-earth spot in Encinitas and Kearny Mesa (Cafe 160) serves locally-sourced organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO options. With everything from out-of-this-world lattes (made with house-made cashew milk) and smoothies (with GOODONYA Protein blend) to wraps and burritos, making a decision may be the hardest part of your day. Fitt Tip: the cozy spot has limited seating, so have a buddy snag a table while you order.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

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GOODONYA Organic Eatery

No matter what you’re craving, GOODONYA Organic has you covered. The down-to-earth spot in Encinitas and Kearny Mesa (Cafe 160) serves locally-sourced organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and non-GMO options. With everything from out-of-this-world lattes (made with house-made cashew milk) and smoothies (with GOODONYA Protein blend) to wraps and burritos, making a decision may be the hardest part of your day. Fitt Tip: the cozy spot has limited seating, so have a buddy snag a table while you order.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

Flower Child

Del Mar’s Flower Child is a cheerful, colorful cafe with an all-day menu of fresh salads, bowls, and wraps. The Bohemian-styled space features a big open kitchen, plenty of patio seating, and chic decor. Fuel up for a busy day with the hearty (and vegan-friendly) Mother Earth bowl, topped with grass-fed steak or sustainable salmon. With a mix of grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, broccoli pesto, hemp seed, and red pepper miso, the dish is a delicious mix of flavors and veggies. Hydrate at the lemonade and iced tea station, with flavors that change on a seasonal basis.

 

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Flower Child

Del Mar’s Flower Child is a cheerful, colorful cafe with an all-day menu of fresh salads, bowls, and wraps. The Bohemian-styled space features a big open kitchen, plenty of patio seating, and chic decor. Fuel up for a busy day with the hearty (and vegan-friendly) Mother Earth bowl, topped with grass-fed steak or sustainable salmon. With a mix of grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, broccoli pesto, hemp seed, and red pepper miso, the dish is a delicious mix of flavors and veggies. Hydrate at the lemonade and iced tea station, with flavors that change on a seasonal basis.

 

Image Source: Flower Child

 

Urban Plates

There’s a lot to love about this place. A ton of fresh and wholesome food at an affordable price. The order-at-the-counter casual vibe. And the fact you can eat at one of Urban Plates’ three locations in San Diego and have a ton of options. Hop on one line to order a hand-tossed salad, with optional grilled free-range protein add. Or pop over to line number two for soup, sandwich, or plate — a sizable portion of sustainable protein with two healthy sides like summer squash or sesame broccolini. And for gluten-free eaters — take a peek at the allergen chart for a full breakdown of ingredients and safe eats.

 

Image Source: Urban Plate Facebook

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Urban Plates

There’s a lot to love about this place. A ton of fresh and wholesome food at an affordable price. The order-at-the-counter casual vibe. And the fact you can eat at one of Urban Plates’ three locations in San Diego and have a ton of options. Hop on one line to order a hand-tossed salad, with optional grilled free-range protein add. Or pop over to line number two for soup, sandwich, or plate — a sizable portion of sustainable protein with two healthy sides like summer squash or sesame broccolini. And for gluten-free eaters — take a peek at the allergen chart for a full breakdown of ingredients and safe eats.

 

Image Source: Urban Plate Facebook

Parakeet Cafe

Parakeet Café has been brightening up La Jolla’s foodie scene for a while now, and the cozy spot does not disappoint. Owned by neighboring Juice Crafters, the cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu with a variety of toasts, scrambles, waffles, and coffee, with unique eats you won’t find anywhere else. Matcha waffles, anyone? Or how about almond butter toast slathered with homemade preserved fruit and organic berries? Yeah, that sounds pretty delicious too. Grab a pal and starting December 2018, you can flock to their Little Italy location too.

 

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Parakeet Cafe

Parakeet Café has been brightening up La Jolla’s foodie scene for a while now, and the cozy spot does not disappoint. Owned by neighboring Juice Crafters, the cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu with a variety of toasts, scrambles, waffles, and coffee, with unique eats you won’t find anywhere else. Matcha waffles, anyone? Or how about almond butter toast slathered with homemade preserved fruit and organic berries? Yeah, that sounds pretty delicious too. Grab a pal and starting December 2018, you can flock to their Little Italy location too.

 

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Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

An afternoon spent at La Jolla’s Trilogy Sanctuary is heavenly. The rooftop yoga studio, gluten-free vegan cafe, and retail boutique are always bustling with activity and positive vibes. Order at the counter and take a seat on one of the deck’s cushy couches to soak up the sun and watch aerialists in action. This is truly the go-to spot for anyone looking for flavorful healthy food, Wi-Fi, and a relaxing afternoon. Fitt Tip: Trilogy hosts an open mic night on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Bring a song, a guitar, some poetry, or just yourself!

 

Image Source: Trilogy Sanctuary Facebook

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Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

An afternoon spent at La Jolla’s Trilogy Sanctuary is heavenly. The rooftop yoga studio, gluten-free vegan cafe, and retail boutique are always bustling with activity and positive vibes. Order at the counter and take a seat on one of the deck’s cushy couches to soak up the sun and watch aerialists in action. This is truly the go-to spot for anyone looking for flavorful healthy food, Wi-Fi, and a relaxing afternoon. Fitt Tip: Trilogy hosts an open mic night on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Bring a song, a guitar, some poetry, or just yourself!

 

Image Source: Trilogy Sanctuary Facebook

Green Acre 

A full-service farm-to-table eatery from chef Brian Malarkey, Green Acre is the perfect spot for a healthy business meeting. The Campus Point location is a bit tricky to find amongst all of the biotech hubs, but it’s worth the search. The on-site gardens, outdoor patio, and menu make it worth the trek. Craving a burger? Go for Black Bean, a house-made patty with smoked cheddar, avocado, and quinoa. When in doubt add the fried egg, too. Fitt Tip: if you work in the area, show your badge for 30% off your tab.

 

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Green Acre 

A full-service farm-to-table eatery from chef Brian Malarkey, Green Acre is the perfect spot for a healthy business meeting. The Campus Point location is a bit tricky to find amongst all of the biotech hubs, but it’s worth the search. The on-site gardens, outdoor patio, and menu make it worth the trek. Craving a burger? Go for Black Bean, a house-made patty with smoked cheddar, avocado, and quinoa. When in doubt add the fried egg, too. Fitt Tip: if you work in the area, show your badge for 30% off your tab.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

Mendocino Farms

If you are looking for a healthy, filling, out-of-the-box sandwich, Del Mar and UTC’s Mendocino Farms is the spot (note: they’re headed to Carlsbad summer 2019, too). But first things first — samples. Take advantage of the extra bites before placing your order. And when it comes time for the final sandwich decision, Mendocino makes it easy for gluten-free and vegan eaters. Come hungry for the Green Goddess Turkey Avocado Toast. With shaved turkey, avocado, wild rice, toasted sesame, vegan Green Goddess dressing, sprouts, and pickled radishes, Mendocino takes avocado toast to a whole other level. Eat both halves plus a side and you’re a real champ.

 

Image Source: Mendocino Farms Facebook

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Mendocino Farms

If you are looking for a healthy, filling, out-of-the-box sandwich, Del Mar and UTC’s Mendocino Farms is the spot (note: they’re headed to Carlsbad summer 2019, too). But first things first — samples. Take advantage of the extra bites before placing your order. And when it comes time for the final sandwich decision, Mendocino makes it easy for gluten-free and vegan eaters. Come hungry for the Green Goddess Turkey Avocado Toast. With shaved turkey, avocado, wild rice, toasted sesame, vegan Green Goddess dressing, sprouts, and pickled radishes, Mendocino takes avocado toast to a whole other level. Eat both halves plus a side and you’re a real champ.

 

Image Source: Mendocino Farms Facebook

True Food Kitchen

At True Food, they only serve real food (read: wholesome meals made with clean ingredients). Their menu changes with seasons and follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, so you can expect gut-friendly, antioxidant creations featuring only the good stuff. And if you need some kitchen inspo, they’ve got you there, too, with an open-concept space that looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and shiny counters. Check ‘em out in Fashion Valley Mall or La Jolla.
 

Image Source: True Food Kitchen Facebook 

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True Food Kitchen

At True Food, they only serve real food (read: wholesome meals made with clean ingredients). Their menu changes with seasons and follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, so you can expect gut-friendly, antioxidant creations featuring only the good stuff. And if you need some kitchen inspo, they’ve got you there, too, with an open-concept space that looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and shiny counters. Check ‘em out in Fashion Valley Mall or La Jolla.
 

Image Source: True Food Kitchen Facebook 

Tender Greens

Tender Greens is simple and delicious. Adding a healthy twist to the comfort foods you know and love, every dish is made with high-quality ingredients. Order at the counter, then watch the team create your dish en route to the checkout. With sandwiches, salads, soups, and plates (protein and two sides), there are several mix-and-match options to fill you up at each of the four locations. Sweet tooth? Don’t pass up the baked goods by the register. The freshly baked cookies are worth the splurge.

 

Image Source: Tender Greens Facebook

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Tender Greens

Tender Greens is simple and delicious. Adding a healthy twist to the comfort foods you know and love, every dish is made with high-quality ingredients. Order at the counter, then watch the team create your dish en route to the checkout. With sandwiches, salads, soups, and plates (protein and two sides), there are several mix-and-match options to fill you up at each of the four locations. Sweet tooth? Don’t pass up the baked goods by the register. The freshly baked cookies are worth the splurge.

 

Image Source: Tender Greens Facebook

Café Gratitude

The bright, calming space in Little Italy is a must-visit for vegan eaters. The 100% plant-based menu is easily labeled and designed to boost your confidence, mood, and overall well-being. And with dish names like Sharing (nachos), Dazzling (kale caesar), Grateful (community bowl), and Fabulous (raw Mexican lasagna), you’ll leave your meal feeling full, grateful, and ready to tackle the day.

 

Image Source: Cafe Gratitude Instagram 

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Café Gratitude

The bright, calming space in Little Italy is a must-visit for vegan eaters. The 100% plant-based menu is easily labeled and designed to boost your confidence, mood, and overall well-being. And with dish names like Sharing (nachos), Dazzling (kale caesar), Grateful (community bowl), and Fabulous (raw Mexican lasagna), you’ll leave your meal feeling full, grateful, and ready to tackle the day.

 

Image Source: Cafe Gratitude Instagram 

Tocaya Organica

If you’re looking for a healthy take on your favorite Mexican foods, Tocaya Organica in the East Village is your one-stop shop. With organic tacos, bowls, burritos, and salads on the menu, this modern Mexican joint serves only fresh, 100% hormone-free meats. Plus, they have great vegan options as well, like the Venice Beach bowl, which is made up of roasted cauliflower, sweet potato bravas, lentils, pickled onions, and cilantro-curry salsa. Stop in and try their guacamole served with plantain chips as well for a delicious twist on the already-delicious classic.

 

Image Source: Google Maps 

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Tocaya Organica

If you’re looking for a healthy take on your favorite Mexican foods, Tocaya Organica in the East Village is your one-stop shop. With organic tacos, bowls, burritos, and salads on the menu, this modern Mexican joint serves only fresh, 100% hormone-free meats. Plus, they have great vegan options as well, like the Venice Beach bowl, which is made up of roasted cauliflower, sweet potato bravas, lentils, pickled onions, and cilantro-curry salsa. Stop in and try their guacamole served with plantain chips as well for a delicious twist on the already-delicious classic.

 

Image Source: Google Maps 

Lemonade

For a true taste of SoCal comfort food, look no further than Lemonade, a fast-casual eatery serving up seasonal, chef-made meals in a friendly and bright space. Founded by former fine dining foodie, this local staple has you covered no matter if you’re in the mood for a crunch Kale Farro salad, are hankering for their Red Miso Beef, or want to sit back with a savory soup. The love for Lemonade has expanded all over our sunny state, but head to Hillcrest or La Jolla to get your fix in San Diego. Fitt Tip: say yes to the vegan s’mores brownie.

 

Image Source: Lemonade Facebook

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Lemonade

For a true taste of SoCal comfort food, look no further than Lemonade, a fast-casual eatery serving up seasonal, chef-made meals in a friendly and bright space. Founded by former fine dining foodie, this local staple has you covered no matter if you’re in the mood for a crunch Kale Farro salad, are hankering for their Red Miso Beef, or want to sit back with a savory soup. The love for Lemonade has expanded all over our sunny state, but head to Hillcrest or La Jolla to get your fix in San Diego. Fitt Tip: say yes to the vegan s’mores brownie.

 

Image Source: Lemonade Facebook

Pachamama

It’s not every day you find a restaurant that specializes in South American-inspired eats, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this Normal Heights hub. Dishing out a delicious and complex assortment of unique, organic ingredients and flavor combinations, this is where we go for a quality, farm-to-table meal we can feel good about indulging in. Even better, they implement environmentally sustainable and regenerative practices, so you’ll be doing the Earth a solid, too.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

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Pachamama

It’s not every day you find a restaurant that specializes in South American-inspired eats, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this Normal Heights hub. Dishing out a delicious and complex assortment of unique, organic ingredients and flavor combinations, this is where we go for a quality, farm-to-table meal we can feel good about indulging in. Even better, they implement environmentally sustainable and regenerative practices, so you’ll be doing the Earth a solid, too.

 

Image Source: Google Maps

Freshii

With the idea of making a convenient NYC deli healthier and more appealing, Freshii was born. Offering bowls, burritos, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies, and juices, this joint is keen on making nutritious foods easily accessible for today’s swarms of healthy eaters. Located in both PB and downtown, Freshii is constantly changing its menu—every 90 days, actually—so you’ll never get bored of their fresh taste.

 

Image Source: Freshii Facebook

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Freshii

With the idea of making a convenient NYC deli healthier and more appealing, Freshii was born. Offering bowls, burritos, wraps, salads, soups, smoothies, and juices, this joint is keen on making nutritious foods easily accessible for today’s swarms of healthy eaters. Located in both PB and downtown, Freshii is constantly changing its menu—every 90 days, actually—so you’ll never get bored of their fresh taste.

 

Image Source: Freshii Facebook

Plant Power Fast Food

Plant Power Fast Food might just be the future of fast food. The 100% plant-based eatery in Ocean Beach, Encinitas, and on San Diego State's campus is the healthy and clean alternative to neighboring fast food joints. With a buffalo “chicken” sandwich, “Chicken” and Waffles, and The Wake & “Bacon” burger, even your meat-loving friends will be asking for seconds. And wash it down with a Kombucha Float!

 

Image Source: Plant Power Facebook

 

 

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Plant Power Fast Food

Plant Power Fast Food might just be the future of fast food. The 100% plant-based eatery in Ocean Beach, Encinitas, and on San Diego State's campus is the healthy and clean alternative to neighboring fast food joints. With a buffalo “chicken” sandwich, “Chicken” and Waffles, and The Wake & “Bacon” burger, even your meat-loving friends will be asking for seconds. And wash it down with a Kombucha Float!

 

Image Source: Plant Power Facebook

 

 

This article was originally published on Fitt.co.
About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

Beauty
Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).