10 Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Cheap, healthy, vegan lunch at Desert Roots is the way to go.
If you're looking to eat right, whether that means you adhere to a strict Paleo or Whole 30 diet or you just try to go as local and organic as possible, there's plenty of places in town that serve up healthful fare without sacrificing flavor. Vegetarians, dairy-free, and gluten-free folk know to hit up these spots in town because the restaurants usually list right on the menu if a dish will satisfy their dietary needs.

Here are ten of our favorite spots to eat well in metro Phoenix:

See also: 10 Best Veggie Burgers in Metro Phoenix

Desert Roots Kitchen
Everyone had that vegan friend in college, or maybe you had a (possibly ongoing) stint of veganism yourself. In either case, there are some bits of nostalgia you likely feel for the days of vegan potlucks. Well, at Desert Roots Kitchen right off of Mill Avenue in Tempe you can treat yourself to entirely guilt-free vegan wraps, salads, pasta and other grain-based dishes. If you're looking for a spot in town that doesn't inject fat for the sake of flavor, DRK is the place. Plus, you can even pick up your weekly CSA boxes there if you're in the area.

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Judy Nichols
Zucchini pesto pasta at 24 Carrots makes going gluten-free a no-brainer.
24 Carrots
If you're looking for food that's made with serious thought to flavor and your food sensitivity, then you'll want to head to 24 Carrots. Owner and chef Sasha Raj started this place as a juice bar but has since expanded to include a full menu and a bakery -- and it's all vegan, vegetarian, and, for the most part, gluten-free. We had our doubts about food that cuts out all things animal, but once we tasted Raj's vegan bacon we knew we were in good hands. No, it's not as good as real pork belly, but it is a good imitation: smoky, delicious, and definitely healthy. Not bad considering the chef's never tasted the real thing herself. She also sources much of her produce from local, organic farmers. In short, this place is the real deal.

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Courtesy of Kaleidoscope Juice
This new juice bar in Old Town Scottsdale offers much more than just juice.
Kaleidoscope Juice
Kaleidoscope was first known for its juices, but it's smoothies, wraps and salads make it a health conscious eaters dream. Plus, no one looks twice if you wear yoga pants or arrive by bike. The "high vibe" food is 100% organic and even includes breakfast options like the "plumbers breakfast" pudding with goji berries, hemp, coconut milk and chia seeds. Some of the smoothies (Scottsdale and Downtown locations only) double as meals and there are gluten free options as well. The Thai Tiger salad's dressing bursts with flavor and the acai bowls are not too sweet, but filling. Plus, there are wraps, salads and even baked snacks ready-made and ready to take home. It's also one of a handful of places in the Valley to get things like tumeric and wheatgrass shots.


Location Info

Kaleidoscope Juice

7119 East 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ahwatukee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

24 Carrots

1701 East Guadalupe, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Desert Roots Kitchen

414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Loving Hut

3239 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

S.e.e.d. Cafe

3802 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Original ChopShop Co.

7158 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Luci's Healthy Market Place

1590 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sage Kitchen

4773 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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mrdanj77
mrdanj77

Check out Green Mix @ 24st and Baseline.

Panayiota Bertzikis
Panayiota Bertzikis

I wouldn't consider the original chop shop to be healthy. It's not organic! I can actually taste the chemicals that are used.

LivingRawByGrace
LivingRawByGrace

Chef Sara's Raw Vegan Academy & Cafe in Cave Creek


Organic Shores at 40th St. & Bell in Phoenix

elizobob
elizobob

How could you leave  Nourish123 off the list??  Amazing restaurant  that caters to all types of healthy eating, Gluten free,vegetarian  even paleo !  Totally need to add an additional name to your list

Mary Plunkett
Mary Plunkett

Yum! I need to visit a few with Gaby Plunkett!

Mayra Cardoza
Mayra Cardoza

I know I wanna try some too! I know I can make it at home

Oscar Heredia
Oscar Heredia

Mayra Cardoza I want to try some of these. Hope they not too expensive. Probably cheaper and tastier to make stuff at home

Dana Marie Kennedy
Dana Marie Kennedy

Correction. Healthy is delish! There are a few places I haven't tried!

Grady M. Polcyn
Grady M. Polcyn

Chantel Polcyn Rania Gebara Candace Sheets William Lee - let's get our health on

Arielle DeLisle
Arielle DeLisle

Same thoughts here, how did Nourish not make the list? Still, a lot of tasty restaurants on there and I'll finally have to give Loving Hut a try!

Nikki Anam Cara
Nikki Anam Cara

Thanks for some great new ideas of where to eat next time I venture "down the hill" from Flagstaff. BUT, you left off my FAVORITE: Nourish123 - check them out if you haven't already!

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