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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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Published Friday Mar 27, 2020 by Christa Quattrocchi

Environmental Wellness: Creating a Mindful and Green Life at Home

Expert Advice
Renewal

If you’re one of the millions under mandated work from home you may have already noticed that means cooking every meal, taking out the trash more often and, if you’re like us, remodeling your space into a home office/gym every day. With all of this change, it could be pretty challenging to maintain your wellness routine. Here at Mindbody, we’re thinking about well-being beyond the limitations of mental and physical health, including the environmental dimension of wellness. Spending more time at home means more time to make mindful choices of what you invite into your space. 

Small changes to your at-home routine can have a major impact on the health of oceans, farms, and life on earth. Sustainable choices look a little different to each of us, so we rounded up a few of our favorite ways to make a positive impact on our planet from the comfort of your own home. 

Invest in an Essential Oil Diffuser.

Aromatherapy can change the entire vibe of a space but burning through candles can happen quickly and recycling them can be a process. Just a few drops of your favorite essential oils go a long way in a diffuser meaning they’ll last you a really long time and customize your scents. Plus, diffusers oftentimes dupe as a humidifier helping to heal dry skin and even prevent airborne viruses

Take a Virtual Fitness Class with a Friend

You know that yoga teacher 3 towns over that melts every ounce of stress away, but it takes an hour in traffic and a half a tank of gas to get to? Virtual fitness is stepping in to bring your favorite instructors to your living room without having to burn the gas to get there. Community is a core part of fitness and our social wellness relies on staying connected right now. Invite your workout buddy to tune in, roll out your mat, turn on your essential oil diffuser and press play to recreate the essence of your favorite studios right in your living room. 


[Find Virtual Classes in your area (and beyond) now on Mindbody]


Bring in the actual greens and make sure they can thrive in your environment.

Houseplants can purify the air in your home, improve your productivity levels by 15% and can even evoke a sense of calm into your space. Sure, the countless benefits don’t suppress the fear of failing to keep your plant baby alive (don’t worry, we’ve all had a failed attempt). To be sure to commit to caring for plants that enjoy being in your home as much as you enjoy having them there, choose wisely. If you live in a seasonal regional, maybe don’t invite that cactus under your watch and welcome in a fiddle leaf fig instead.

Start with one of these indoor-friendly ferns: philodendron, snake plant, zz plant, spider plant, rubber tree. 


Remodel.

Create a dedicated “office” oasis.: Now that commuting is a thing of the past, mama earth is saying thanks for reducing pollution. Woohoo! Working from home comes with some hurdles, though. It can have us toeing the line between answering emails and binging your new Netflix obsession. But the couch just won’t cut it as a productivity throne. Dedicate a sacred space for work to keep that work-life balance in check. 


Breaking up with plastic. An Exercise.

Go around the house and collect all the plastic you have in a box, this includes your hand soap, shampoo, that extra set of take-out utensils, toothpaste, zip lock bags, the list goes on. Each time one of those items runs out, replace it with an eco-friendly alternative like a shampoo bar, silicone zip bags, and bamboo travel utensils. 

Pro-Tip: Hang onto glass jars from finished kitchen items, like peanut butter, jam and mayo. When you’re shopping, go for the products that come in glass so you can compile a collection without dishing out more $$$ on glass containers. 


Invest in reusable containers and bags.

From mason jars to hemp produce bags, there are so many options for swapping your plastic containers for sustainable storing. 

Hint: Keep your reusable bags by your door so you don’t forget them when you go to the grocery store or if you’re packing to bring items out to a gathering. 


Keep plant-based kitchen staples on hand.

Many studies showcase the positive environmental impact that a plant-based diet poses. If you’re not ready to go full vegan yet, start with small swaps of the plant versions of your household staples. Here are a few of our favorite substitutes that could easily pass for the “real thing.” 

Oat milk – the creamiest of all the non-dairy milk goes to oats, making it a perfect swap in your coffee and nut-allergy friendly.

Butter – Margarine has been a plant-based secret for years. We also love Miyokos butter, which truly skates by as the real thing when slathered on a slice of toast. 

Mayo – Eggless mayonnaise works wonders and can bring dairy-free creaminess to spreads and salad dressings. Plus, many brands come in glass jars! 

Plant Protein Powder – With plenty of options on the market, you’re sure to find a flavor that will add some power to your smoothies without empowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

Eggs – When baking, you can substitute eggs for flax ‘eggs'! 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 tbsp water = 1 egg. 


Minimize your Amazon packaging waste.

Did you know that you can request your Amazon orders to be plastic-free with minimal packaging? Just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Go to the ‘Help/Customer Service’ section of your account. 
  2. Select ‘Contact Us’ and use the chat option to make a request that all future orders be plastic-free and where absolutely necessary only use bio-degradable materials like paper. 
  3. Viola! 

Unplug (some of) your appliances when you’re not using them.

Collectively, devices plugged in on sleep mode can rack up $19 billion in electricity costs worldwide. Things like your toaster oven, blender, and cell phone charger can save some serious electricity if you unplug them when they’re idle. Put those pennies back in your pocket and save the planet while doing so. 


Let the sunshine in.

This is a two in one. Giving your curtains a break is not only an easy way to minimize electricity usage, but it can also be great for your overall wellness. Natural light can be an awesome mood improver, productivity booster, and sleep aid.  

Keep up the momentum of greener living by trying more virtual classes on Mindbody. Even swapping out one car trip to your favorite studio for a virtual class can have a lasting impact on this planet. Share more ways you're going green right now on Instagram and tag @mindbody! We'll share the love. 

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Christa Quattrocchi
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Christa is a 300hr certified yoga instructor on a soulful journey to integrate spiritual practices, such as astrology, tarot, and pranayama, in her guidance both on and off the mat. She is Mindbody’s resident witch and advertising aficionado. Beyond her credentials, you can find Christa channeling creativity through writing, cooking plant-based goodness, & surfing her home waters in sunny San Diego.