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Top 3 Healthiest Restaurants in Phoenix

Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by

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Eating healthy while eating out in the Phoenix metro area does not have to be difficult. A Yelp search for restaurants in the Phoenix metro area yielded over 10,000 results, so there are more than enough options and ways to dine that make sense for your health. It goes without saying that eating healthy has many positive benefits.

There are many creative ways to eat healthy while dining out. Examples include using the healthy menu options, planning the meal before you go, and asking for food cooked with no added fats. According to Best Health, “Your plate should be 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent protein and 25 percent grains.” You can create the balanced plate you need by asking for smaller portion sizes and choosing menu items with the right percentages of nutrients. Moreover, asking for food cooked steamed or grilled can make it healthier. In addition, knowing which leaner types of meat to order can help keep your food lower in fat and calories too. There is no shortage of ways to dine out and eat well at the same time.

Once again, it is clear that eating healthy has a myriad of benefits. Aside from losing weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and reducing risks for heart diseases, eating healthy has deeper benefits. According to HealthLine, eating well can balance mood, increase energy, and lengthen life span; so eating healthy improves your body from the inside out.

Below are three of the healthiest restaurants in the Phoenix metro area to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle goals.

#3True Foods Kitchen

The aim of this eatery is to provide food that is beneficial to your body and tastes good. This includes foods that help you live longer and are anti-inflammatory. The “True” in the restaurant’s name stands for telling the truth about how their food helps you. The mission of the restaurant is to help you feel better, live longer and make your tastebuds happy.

They have a breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, dessert, and a kids menu, so there is something for everyone. On the lunch menu, there are starters, pizza, sandwiches, fresh juice drinks, and wines and true to the name, they tell you why each food is good for you. For example, one wine is supposed to help you live longer. Even the dessert menu offers healthy options that sound indulgent, featuring dairy free ice cream and squash pie that are healthy but also delicious. With True Foods Kitchen, you will not only get a dose of healthy food that is good for your body, but you will get the truth on why what you are eating is good. You cannot go wrong with a restaurant that is transparent in that regard.

#2 – Flower Child

This name alone harkens to the kindred spirits and the freedom of the 1960s. Even the whimsical website plays to this with a picture of a lady blowing a flower. However, the name is more of an acknowledgment of the fact that everything they serve is natural like a flower. This means that all food comes from a rigorously managed supply chain and is organic, and preservative and additive free. This knowledge enables anyone to feel reassured that they are eating well before even looking at the menu.

The menu is simple and refreshing. You can choose a protein along with 3 or 4 sides for a family meal, or you can choose an individual item and add your choice of protein. For example, you can order a Kale salad and add chicken if you wish. Sides are a mix of vegetables and grains. You can even get bowls that have mixed vegetables and grains, which you can add a protein to and there are wraps, a kid’s menu, and fresh juices as well. Plus, each menu item is labeled vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. When you eat at Flower Child, you are in a sense, returning to happier days of the 1960s when the food was simpler and freer.

#1 – Chop Shop

Chop Shop has locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Chandler. The philosophy of this restaurant is that healthy people are happy people. The Chop Shop also aims to provide familiar family recipes with a twist and use fresh ingredients so you can enjoy healthy food while dining in or on the go. The Chop Shop has a variety of healthy options to choose from to make everyone happy which include: sandwiches, protein shakes, parfaits, salads, protein bowls, sides and breakfast items; and the meats do not contain preservatives or additives. You can also get gluten free items and fresh pressed juices with mixed ingredients of greens and juices. Everything at the Chop Shop is a mix of creativity, healthy sensibility, and fresh tasting food. This combination makes it my pick for the healthiest restaurant in the Phoenix metro area.

When looking for the healthiest restaurants in the Phoenix metro area, look no further than these three options. They each offer a different angle to eating well while eating out. But the one thing they have in common is they take the guess work out of eating well by ensuring their food is natural, fresh, and taste good.

At Above and Beyond Acupuncture, we focus on whole body wellness. In addition to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (including herbs), we also counsel patients to make optimal nutritional choices which will enhance their treatment. If you are in the Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe or Phoenix areas and would like to know more or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to give us a call. You may also book appointments using the online scheduler.