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15 Healthy Restaurants that Won't Make You Hate Your Life

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The weather is warming and it is time to cast off the shackles of winter and burst out that front door and back into the warm world. The ice is out. The bikes are primed. And it is only a matter of time before the beaches open. As those first tiny buds of green spring up from the ground, it's a great time to get back in touch with eating green. Healthier eating does not have to be limited to cold juice and kale. These are the best places to treat yourself, inside and out.

Restaurants are listed in geographical order.

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Mill Valley Kitchen

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The St. Louis Park eatery serves California inspired cuisine, which basically means you’ll leave tan and with the ability to catch rad waves. Or at least you'll be gleefully satisfied after enjoying a lunch of vegan chili and a fig, prosciutto, blue cheese flatbread. There is a gorgeous dessert menu with items like lemon pudding cake or maple panne cotta. Also, wine.

Peoples Organic Cafe

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The word "organic" is right there, in the name, so you know it’s going to be good for you. And the planet. People’s Organic has several locations around the metro, with counter service and ample seating. Menus are filled with inspiring options like Minnesota wild rice pancakes, hummus harissa and cucumber tartines and a red lentil burger that leaves diners wondering why they don’t eat healthy more often. Menus vary by location.

Sprout Salad Company

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The fast casual eatery currently has three locations in the Twin Cities, serving an array of super fresh, clean eating options like salads, wraps and yogurt bowls for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Salads are an obvious choice in warmer weather, and the seasonal El Taco Loco, featuring delicate carnita meat and a sweet Mexican street corn vinaigrette is both substantial and refreshing. All items are made to order in front of you, from fresh inventory brought in every day and almost every item is crafted in house, including the over dozen flavors of salad dressings.

Whole Sum

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Whole Sum Kitchen is the newest addition to the food-truck-to-bricks-and-mortar landscape. The sunny, playful space in South Minneapolis opened just before the holidays, and owner Evan Tepper hopes the casual eatery will become a go-to for neighborhood families in search of healthful, accessible alternatives for post-soccer dinners and working freelancers of all ages looking for a welcoming spot to hang. The menu is still evolving, but the smoothie bowls are not to be missed.

Agra Culture Kitchen

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Regardless of the impetus behind the decision to consume a more healthful diet, Agra Culture is committed to your journey toward better health. What the restaurant has termed “food revolution” apparently includes yummy options like a steak and peppers sandwich, a crisp and fresh Ensalada Mexicana and a fancy, deeply flavorful sushi bowl.

Tiny Diner

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Tiny Diner and Farm features diner food from across the country and utilizing as many items as possible from the restaurant’s tiny garden. By focusing on low impact farming, responsible energy use and protection of pollinators, Tiny Diners is making us, and the planet, healthier, one omelette at a time.

Birchwood Cafe

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Perhaps no one proves the notion that healthy and delicious are not an oxymoron better than the now-iconic ode to wholesome eating and responsible sourcing, Birchwood Cafe. Not only does Birchwood make you forget all about that good-for-you talk as you stuff giant bites of savory waffles in your face, but Singleton has also become a voice for change and advocacy, utilizing her well-earned platform to spread the message of better human and planet health through a “good, real food” ideology.

Café Alma

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Oh to be a vegetable in the hands of the chefs at the new Cafe Alma. Inside the new bakery cafe, there is a mindblowing winter salad that's deeply satisfying and perfectly paired with a warm cup of bone broth. Each ingredient is cared for and ideal for when you're in need of a little self-care morning, noon and night.

French Meadow Cafe

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French Meadow was the first Certified Organic Bakery in the country, and now there are two locations, where one can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, all with an organic focus. The original Minneapolis location added a bar in 2013 called Bluestem, offering full table service, a selection of sustainable wines and local taps, and a private dining room.

TAO Natural Foods

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Tao Food’s focus on Taoist philosophy of "health through a simple, balanced life in harmony with nature" has kept Uptowners happier and healthier since 1968. Through several incarnations, the deli, practically an institution in Minneapolis, has continued to offer organic dishes and what they call "healing beverages". The eatery also houses a store that sells supplements, natural products and books. If you like a little acupuncture with your avocado sprout sandwich, you’re in luck. Just make an appointment with Tao’s Health Services for a treatment.

Common Roots Cafe

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Incredibly fresh, organic, thoughtfully sourced deli fare is always delicious. If you're craving carbs, there are bagels available, but the salads always snag our hearts.

Reverie Cafe + Bar

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Go grab a bite inside this vegan cafe, music venue and bar before they move locations later this summer. Try the unctuous and snappy jackfruit tacos and when it's on the menu, the chia seed pudding is the best healthy dessert-for-breakfast around. It only tastes like its sinful.

Sassy Spoon

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Sassy Spoon is the food truck turned sweet, little restaurant in Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis neighborhood is entirely gluten-free and filled with fresh veggies and robust flavors.

Foxy Falafel

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Foxy Falafel's chef and owner not only holds the secret to great falafel, but Erica Strait also studied and trained in cooking for health. If you happen to follow an auto-immune protocol diet, gluten-free or vegetarian diet, this is a safe, delicious place to land. She was an early adopter of the bone broth as beverage plan locally. Stop by the cafe in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood or look for the Foxy food truck around town.

Groundswell

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Buckle up for one of the best veggie burgers in the Twin Cities. Not only does Groundswell nail the meat-free burger and stock a blessedly flavorful turkey burger, but the bakery also stocks a bevy of tasty gluten-free treats. This cafe also makes great use of farmer's market fresh veggies.

Mill Valley Kitchen

The St. Louis Park eatery serves California inspired cuisine, which basically means you’ll leave tan and with the ability to catch rad waves. Or at least you'll be gleefully satisfied after enjoying a lunch of vegan chili and a fig, prosciutto, blue cheese flatbread. There is a gorgeous dessert menu with items like lemon pudding cake or maple panne cotta. Also, wine.

Peoples Organic Cafe

The word "organic" is right there, in the name, so you know it’s going to be good for you. And the planet. People’s Organic has several locations around the metro, with counter service and ample seating. Menus are filled with inspiring options like Minnesota wild rice pancakes, hummus harissa and cucumber tartines and a red lentil burger that leaves diners wondering why they don’t eat healthy more often. Menus vary by location.

Sprout Salad Company

The fast casual eatery currently has three locations in the Twin Cities, serving an array of super fresh, clean eating options like salads, wraps and yogurt bowls for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Salads are an obvious choice in warmer weather, and the seasonal El Taco Loco, featuring delicate carnita meat and a sweet Mexican street corn vinaigrette is both substantial and refreshing. All items are made to order in front of you, from fresh inventory brought in every day and almost every item is crafted in house, including the over dozen flavors of salad dressings.

Whole Sum

Whole Sum Kitchen is the newest addition to the food-truck-to-bricks-and-mortar landscape. The sunny, playful space in South Minneapolis opened just before the holidays, and owner Evan Tepper hopes the casual eatery will become a go-to for neighborhood families in search of healthful, accessible alternatives for post-soccer dinners and working freelancers of all ages looking for a welcoming spot to hang. The menu is still evolving, but the smoothie bowls are not to be missed.

Agra Culture Kitchen

Regardless of the impetus behind the decision to consume a more healthful diet, Agra Culture is committed to your journey toward better health. What the restaurant has termed “food revolution” apparently includes yummy options like a steak and peppers sandwich, a crisp and fresh Ensalada Mexicana and a fancy, deeply flavorful sushi bowl.

Tiny Diner

Tiny Diner and Farm features diner food from across the country and utilizing as many items as possible from the restaurant’s tiny garden. By focusing on low impact farming, responsible energy use and protection of pollinators, Tiny Diners is making us, and the planet, healthier, one omelette at a time.

Birchwood Cafe

Perhaps no one proves the notion that healthy and delicious are not an oxymoron better than the now-iconic ode to wholesome eating and responsible sourcing, Birchwood Cafe. Not only does Birchwood make you forget all about that good-for-you talk as you stuff giant bites of savory waffles in your face, but Singleton has also become a voice for change and advocacy, utilizing her well-earned platform to spread the message of better human and planet health through a “good, real food” ideology.

Café Alma

Oh to be a vegetable in the hands of the chefs at the new Cafe Alma. Inside the new bakery cafe, there is a mindblowing winter salad that's deeply satisfying and perfectly paired with a warm cup of bone broth. Each ingredient is cared for and ideal for when you're in need of a little self-care morning, noon and night.

French Meadow Cafe

French Meadow was the first Certified Organic Bakery in the country, and now there are two locations, where one can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, all with an organic focus. The original Minneapolis location added a bar in 2013 called Bluestem, offering full table service, a selection of sustainable wines and local taps, and a private dining room.

TAO Natural Foods

Tao Food’s focus on Taoist philosophy of "health through a simple, balanced life in harmony with nature" has kept Uptowners happier and healthier since 1968. Through several incarnations, the deli, practically an institution in Minneapolis, has continued to offer organic dishes and what they call "healing beverages". The eatery also houses a store that sells supplements, natural products and books. If you like a little acupuncture with your avocado sprout sandwich, you’re in luck. Just make an appointment with Tao’s Health Services for a treatment.

Common Roots Cafe

Incredibly fresh, organic, thoughtfully sourced deli fare is always delicious. If you're craving carbs, there are bagels available, but the salads always snag our hearts.

Reverie Cafe + Bar

Go grab a bite inside this vegan cafe, music venue and bar before they move locations later this summer. Try the unctuous and snappy jackfruit tacos and when it's on the menu, the chia seed pudding is the best healthy dessert-for-breakfast around. It only tastes like its sinful.

Sassy Spoon

Sassy Spoon is the food truck turned sweet, little restaurant in Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis neighborhood is entirely gluten-free and filled with fresh veggies and robust flavors.

Foxy Falafel

Foxy Falafel's chef and owner not only holds the secret to great falafel, but Erica Strait also studied and trained in cooking for health. If you happen to follow an auto-immune protocol diet, gluten-free or vegetarian diet, this is a safe, delicious place to land. She was an early adopter of the bone broth as beverage plan locally. Stop by the cafe in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood or look for the Foxy food truck around town.

Groundswell

Buckle up for one of the best veggie burgers in the Twin Cities. Not only does Groundswell nail the meat-free burger and stock a blessedly flavorful turkey burger, but the bakery also stocks a bevy of tasty gluten-free treats. This cafe also makes great use of farmer's market fresh veggies.

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