2016 is officially here and popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, getting fitter or eating healthier. We tend to strive for being healthy and happy, which means maintaining a balanced lifestyle year-round.
It’s a good thing Montreal has tons of options when it comes to grabbing a healthy bite. From anything-but-boring salads to Paleo friendly homemade meals, the following ten restaurants offer healthy dishes that will keep your tummy full and your tastebuds happy during lunch, brunch or dinner. A lot of them deliver, so sticking to your goals is easier than ever. Drop that pizza menu!
With three locations in different Montreal neighbourhoods, you can get your salad fix and more at Mandy’s. We love the Wolfe Bol, a flavour packed salad made with mixed greens, arugula, brown rice, kale, cherry tomatoes, toasted walnuts, avocado, shaved parmesan, shredded carrots, sesame seeds and served with a Tamari dressing. Salads vary between $10 and $15. Delivery available.
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This Paleo and gluten-free friendly eatery and catering service is your ally when you want to eat clean and get all your lean protein. Enjoy creative and hearty meals such as turkey meatballs with tomato salsa served with beets, turnips and kale. Prices vary between $10 and $20 per box or between $40 and $100 for a package of 5 or 10 boxes. Delivery available.
With its varied menu and delicious desserts, Montreal’s first vegan restaurant has become somewhat of an institution. Its popular bowls are served on organic brown rice –the Dragon Bowl is a favourite. Choose between grilled tofu and tempeh and enjoy it with shredded beet, carrot, red cabbage, daikon, lettuce, sprouts, dulse (sea lettuce flakes), toasted sesame seeds and Dragon sauce (aka crack). Delivery available.
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Located in the village, this cute bakery offers delicious pastries and coffee. Available everyday and during brunch, the breakfast sandwich is a homemade English muffin with egg, cheddar, sprouts and a choice of bacon or ham (go with the ham for a leaner option). No excuse to skip breakfast!
Freshii’s goal is to provide fresh and nutritious meals for people on the go. With juices, smoothies, bowls, salads, wraps and burritos, it’s the perfect lunch spot. You can customize all your meals to include your fav ingredients. We love the Metaboost wrap, made with field greens, spinach, kale, mango, carrot, edamame, almonds, goat cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. Add a protein such as tofu, chicken or steak and stay full and energized for hours. Delivery available.
Hosting an event? Treat your guests to healthy dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. Or just treat yourself at the Miss Prêt à Manger restaurant, which features a menu that changes daily and includes dishes such as an organic lamb burger with roasted red onion, grilled green tomato, arugula, feta cheese, mint yogurt sauce and green salad.
Get wholesome and healthy meals delivered to your doorstep with FreshMint. Its homemade dishes are made with local and seasonal ingredients and can be delivered in Old Montreal, downtown and part of the Plateau. The menu changes weekly (with two different main dish options a day). There is always a dessert of the week –think homemade energy balls or granola bars. From roasted pork served with sweet potato and quinoa salad to Chipotle chicken, the meals are available for lunch and dinner.
With five locations across the city, La Panthère Verte is a convenient solution for those looking to eat vegan meals at a decent price. Its renowned falafel sandwich is finger licking good: Falafel balls, cabbage, carrots, pickles, sauerkraut, sprouts and tahini offer the perfect balance of flavours and textures. Delivery is available.
Known as the favourite vegetarian restaurant of non-vegetarian people, Lola Rosa serves brunch, lunch and dinner and offers comfort food such as burgers and quesadillas. Try the Lola brunch burrito –a wrap stuffed with omelette, corn mix, homemade tempeh and BBQ Caesar dressing. Even though it is served with a side of quinoa salad (made with mango, red pepper and orange), hash browns and onions, you will want to save room to try one of the remarkable desserts.
Montreal’s first vegan grocery store is also a smoothie and juice bar as well as a café featuring delicious treats made by Rose Madeleine and prepared meals like salads and sandwiches. Grab a spicy Pépita sandwich, a pita wrap made with tofu, red curry, Curcuma, green onions, spinach, tomato and homemade vegan mayonnaise. Delivery is available.
Winter is synonymous with soup. With a menu that changes daily, Soupesoup offers a wide selection of comforting soups made with creative ingredients and boasting flavours from all corners of the world. You can also get half a sandwich to go with your soup, perfect for those days when you just can’t make up your mind.
Specialized in Middle Eastern cuisine, this Plateau eatery features dishes ranging from herbivore oriented salads to carnivore friendly plates. Whether you opt for a salad, sandwich or a plate, the sides are also super fun: Lentil rice, grilled veggies, Lebanese spreads, etc. The omnivore plate includes a choice of grilled meat (beef or chicken) served with Fatoush salad, lentil rice and hummus.