Where to eat healthy in Montréal
Montréal is a city of indulgence. From foie gras poutine and juicy smoked meat sandwiches, to creamy ice cream and melt-in-your-mouth pastries, there are so many ways to give in to taste temptations. But if you’ve gone a bit overboard with the fries and gravy lately and you are looking to cleanse your body – and your conscience – with some healthy fare, Montréal’s got you covered with some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants around.
Located in the Mile-End, this vegan bistro sets off to dispel the stigma of vegan cuisine being mundane, bland and taste-less. A world of tastes and flavours are featured on the menu which is inspired by Chef Kelvin’s travels around the globe. Invitation V serves brunch on the weekends as well. – 254 Bernard Street West
Montreal’s very own raw-food restaurant. The raw-food diet is a practice of eating uncooked, unprocessed foods. Crudessence’s menu is packed full of nourishing items that are prepared to showcase each ingredient at its peak to provide a superior dining experience. – Multiple locations
La Panthère Verte
The “Green Panther” is a homegrown chain of vegetarian and vegan restaurants scattered around the city of Montréal. Try their famous falafel pita sandwich – falafel balls, cabbage, carrots, pickles, sauekraut, sprouts, and tahini. – Multiple locations
Montreal’s quintessential salad bar, Mandy’s is the go-to spot for locals craving salads. A great roster of signature salads, Mandy’s is popular for custom made and personalized salads created from a pick-your-own ingredient list. Chose healthy and good-for-you veggies to fill your bowl and top it with a choice of their signature dressings. – Multiple locations
Their slogan is “the vegetarian restaurant preferred by non-vegetarians” – that’s a big claim, but it’s not completely wrong – their veggie poutine is killer. However, that’s not something you think of when planning a post-holiday cleanse. Try their chili packed with a medley of heart-healthy beans packed full of fiber spiced up with chipotle. – Multiple locations
Copper Branch takes pride in serving whole foods in their 100% plant-based menu. Get the Aztec bowl – organic rice or quinoa topped with fresh veggies, sprouts, legumes and a choice of soy based protein. They are proud to provide ingredients that are not only high in nutrition, organic, and low in sugar and saturated fats but ones that are socially responsible and sourced from fair-trade producers. – Multiple locations
Plant-based nutrition isn’t only a dietary preference, it’s a way of life. Café Nutrimania – located in Plateau Mont-Royal – is an advocate of this philosophy and their wonderfully diverse menu reflects this ideology. Their signature “Vitality Bowls” (with Asian and Latin flavour influences) will keep you full and energized. The theory behind their eclectic menu is scientific, focusing on the nutrient content of foods to provide optimal nutritional potential with every bite. Salads, smoothies and cold press juices are available, as well as a weekly meal plan delivery. – 16 Rachel Street East
If you feel that you’re due for a non-food, all-liquid diet for a couple of days to detox, check out some of these Montréal juice bars that will help restart your system for a healthful 2016.
Jus Pur – 1005 Bernard Street
Rejuice! Bar à Jus / Jus Bar – 5128 Sherbrooke Street West.
Jason Lee, blogger
Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.
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