Ah, a fresh year, a fresh start, a freshly-renewed hatred of cooking all your own healthy meals from scratch. But now it’s that time of year to eat healthy. Fear not friend. Los Angeles has nearly as many restaurants to help you keep your new year’s resolutions as it does beautiful people. Here are some of the best.
True Food Kitchen
395 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Developed in conjunction with Dr. Andrew Weil, you can get your two degrees from Oprah connection and one of the healthiest meals around at either of their fabulously-situated locations in beachside malls. With the slogan, “You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to eat at True Food Kitchen,” you don’t even need to show up in yoga pants. This is clean eating at its finest and most beautifully presented with options from gluten-free pasta (that doesn’t taste like it), farmers market fresh picks, a full, freshly-pressed juice menu and an almost sculptural bowl of crudités and dip.
12401 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Hopefully you’re not too hungry walking into Lemonade, because the sheer number of choices require some serious brain power. With seasonally changing menus that are served in “portions,” ranging from one to six and doled out old-school cafeteria style, you can choose from offerings like pineapple chicken, watermelon radish, feta cauliflower and apple jerk dressing. There is also a wide range of meat options such as Moroccan chicken or red miso beef short rib, available alone or with greens or rice. Soups, sandwiches, salads with land or sea protein and, of course, a full menu of seven or more lemonades (including a daily sugar free version) promises to make this an afternoon delight you won’t have to feel guilty about.
8759 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
“Big Salads,” with ingredients like green papaya, golden pea sprouts and quail eggs will assure you you’re definitely not channeling Elaine in an old “Seinfeld” episode. This is a thoroughly modern take that also includes “Simple Salads,” which are smaller in their size and shorter in their ingredient list. “Hot Stuff,” (which is what you’ll be if you keep eating here) offers a variety of grilled meats, fish and veggies available in a sandwich, as a hot plate or either size salad. Round out your meal with a choice of soups including a daily special and start feeling tender again towards eating healthy and keeping your resolutions.
8055 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you’re in the mood for a great tasty salad, there may be no better place than Sweetgreen. With multiple locations in LA, the chain offers a place to grab delicious and healthy salads that taste good too. Simply go up to the counter, select a salad from the menu and watch it being made there right in front of you. Or, you can make your own salad at Sweetgreen. Using fresh ingredients, the salad heavy menu offers a wide selection of options to choose from.
Fresh Corn Grill
8714 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Fresh Corn Grill offers delicious items like fresh corn chowder, butternut squash soup, specialty plates and bowls featuring grilled veggies, chicken, salmon, shrimp or skirt steak over brown rice or in a taco and with Asian BBQ or ginger curry sauce. Everything here tastes great too. There’s also an extensive salad menu and daily specials. Basic but super tasty bites with a healthy balance keep these locations busy but worth the wait.