7 HEALTHY EAT SPOTS IN RALEIGH

HAPPY + HALE

Oh how I love me some Happy + Hale. My only wish is that this place was closer to my home. I tried Happy + Hale for the first time this summer and fell in love with their array of healthy options to chose from. The menu features signature salads, poke & protein bowls, fresh smoothies, cold pressed juices, and my favorite breakfast meal -Avocado Toast!  I also love that Happy + Hale promotes a health & wellness in addition to all their delicious foods. Some AWESOME initiatives they have in place right now are working with Compost Now to cut store waste down to a minimum, supporting urban farming, and they attend a bunch of local yoga events! I plan on attending the next Sunrise Yoga – if your interested in going it will be held on September 9th in City Plaza ( a special collaboration with Hopscotch Music Festival and Kind Snacks.)

Go check out HAPPY + HALE’S delicious menu HERE!

POKEGO

My first experience at PokeGo was about two weeks ago & I regret not having tried it sooner! I have always been a little hesitant when it comes to eating raw foods, but when a coworker started eating PokeGo for lunch I became inspired. Located off Creedmoor Rd. it’s only 10 minutes from my workplace and super convenient for the grab and go kind of lunch. The store offers signature bowls on their menu, but most people prefer to do the “build your own.”

For my meal I started with a base of zucchini noodles, added in some sweet onions, avocado, shiitake mushrooms, and kani salad. Then I topped it off with Grilled Shrimp, Bulgogi, and a Sesame Soy dressing! It was delicious.

I know that probably made your mouth water as it did mine. So go check out their menu here!

 

RALEIGH RAW

Once upon a time I was REALLY into juicing. I watched this popular documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead which is based on one mans journey to healthy living by going on a juicing diet. That night I was so inspired that I went online and bought a juicer and bought one for myself and began to incorporate the fresh juices into my everyday life.

With that being said, if I’m not making a juice at home, Raleigh Raw is THE place where I’m buying mine. They offer great 3, 5, and 7 day juice cleanse packages. So whether your just looking to start or your an seasoned juicer – they’ve got you covered. Raleigh Raw is also a cafe that offers quality coffee, tea, kombucha, and poke bowls which are widely popular!

Did I mention they deliver to nearby locations? Check out RALEIGH RAW’s menu here.

 

 

GUASACA

I’ve heard great things about Gusaca, and this is definitely on the top of my list to visit soon. Gusaca is a South American Arepa & Salsa Grill that makes everything from scratch – all day every day. They’ve received raving reviews from my friends & family as well as the countless number of customers that have visited.  They offer 7 Signature Arepa’s or you may choose to build your own Arepa, bowl, or salad.

And if your asking yourself by now- “what the heck is an Arepa?” – It’s a Venezuelan bread made out of corn instead of wheat (it looks similar to pita bread used for gyros). Affordable, fresh, & healthy eats just down the road at Gusaca in Raleigh, Durham, & Morrisville.

Check out the menu here!

 

FIRST WATCH

This is a breakfast spot I’ve been a zillion times. I. LOVE. FIRST WATCH.

Besides Chick-fil-a, this is one of the best restaurant chains I’ve ever tasted. One thing I’ve learned about First Watch over my many meals here is that they source their ingredients from local vendors. I mean, it’s SO FRESH, and doesn’t taste like your typical chain restaurant.

When you sit down the waitress will ask if you want coffee.

Say yes- always say yes.

They wont just bring you a cup, they bring you the whole pot! This is great for a person like me who enjoys not one, but three cups of coffee in the morning.

I love this place so much I could probably list almost every menu item, but for your sake I wont. Here are my favorite dishes:

Millionaire Bacon: hardwood smoked bacon with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne and a maple syrup drizzle.

Power Wrap: Egg whites, turkey, spinach, houseroasted Crimini mushrooms and Mozzarella in a sundried tomato-basil tortilla. 

Skillet Hash: Two cage-free eggs any style atop fresh, seasoned potatoes. You get to choose from 3 different styles of hash – Farmhouse, Parma, & Market.

Go take a look at their menu  here.

 

B. GOOD

Another place on my bucket list is to travel to. B. Good, another popular healthy food restaurant. They offer burgers, salads and bowls inspired by the seasons and ingredients rotated with the local harvests. They source their ingredients from local farmers and vendors to support the local community. I also love they they keep atop of seasonal dishes so that our bodies can keep up with a full range of vitamins and minerals.

Click HERE for a link to the Downtown Raleigh location menu. It features today’s seasonal ingredients along with kale & grain bowls, seasonal salads, and fresh burgers.

 

CHOPT

“Salad isn’t the start of the meal. It’s the whole meal.”- Chopt

Chopt is one of the first places I visited when I moved to Raleigh. I love how simple the concept is, it’s similar to Chipotle-you pick your greens and go down a buffet of toppings with the Chop’t team and then they get to chopping at the chopping stations. When I approached them about my  nut allergy they brought a manager out and he made my salad personally. Great food, great service. Go check out their menu here.

 

Who says eating out can’t be healthy? I hope you enjoyed this read. I’m always looking for new places to try so drop me a comment if your in the area and have any suggestions!

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