Spots to get your fix of healthy food in Edmonton

Sometimes, you want to actually eat what the food guide tells you to, if for no other reason than you’re tired of your mom calling and asking if you ate enough veggies today. These Edmonton establishments serve up fruits, veggies and healthy proteins in the most delicious forms possible, from full meals to bottles of juiced goodness.

Cafe Mosaics

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10844 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3

If you love fresh, organic vegetarian cuisine, you’ll adore Café Mosaics. Even meat-eaters flock to this trendy, laid-back café, where the music is always cranked and the food is always top notch. They are known for their incredible vegetarian burgers, such as the tofu clubhouse and the teriyaki Portobello. But, they also have a ton of vegan salads, stirfry options, salad rolls and –wait for it – vegan pho. The hardest part is deciding which healthy meal you’re going to treat yourself to today.

Glow Juicery

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184-4211 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6P3

This super healthy juice store serves up juices, cleanses and smoothies that are chock-full of veggies and fruits. Their bottled juices are often a veggie-fruit mix, heavy on the spinach and cucumber, with healthy stuff like kale, apples and carrots thrown in, and lemon, coconut, mint and ginger providing a low-calorie flavour kick. The smoothies feature almond, rice and light coconut milk instead of dairy. And, drinking your veggies is much easier than trying to eat 10 cups of kale or spinach a day, right?

Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant

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10740 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2S3

A vegetarian restaurant that makes veggies and other proteins the star of the menu – it’s hard to order one of their yummy dishes and not walk away feeling like you just did your body a big favour. The eggplant dish is so flavourful and colourful that it always draws people’s attention. You can have tofu or seitan, a wheat-based meat substitute known as “wheat meat”, in a lot of the dishes or you can just go for hardcore veggie deliciousness.

Under The High Wheel

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8135 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4A4

The menu here is full of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, plus more traditional fare. Your meal will be created from fresh, local ingredients – nothing packaged or processed. The menu changes regularly because the chefs focus on seasonal, sustainable foods, meaning the best possible veggies and proteins are going to land on your plate. Plus, you can’t beat their brunch – fried, free-range eggs paired with organic buckwheat crepes, Pembina pork bacon and Tree Stone bread, for example.

Freshii

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1586-8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2

This small, almost hidden fast food place is the highlight of either food court at West Edmonton Mall. They have an amazingly fresh menu, complete with rice and quinoa bowls, green wraps made with collard greens instead of wheat, fresh soups and more. There are tons of vegetarian and gluten-free items on the menu and everything you order has tons of veggies. It’s a great alternative to the usual fries and burgers on the menu at food courts.

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