healthy living favourites: toronto edition

by Dani on August 27, 2013

Every day I wake up and feel grateful to live in (my opinion) the best city in the world; Toronto. It is here where I find peace, friendship, love, happiness and everything I need. With the ever expanding sector that is healthy living, I want to showcase some of my favourite places, products and people that help to keep me happy and healthy in this beautiful city I call home.

healthy living favourites: toronto edition

1. Favourite brunch spot: Live Food Bar

It’s no secret I love Live. From their quirky staff, to the cozy interior and of course, the food is great! Sunday yoga followed by brunch is cone of a 30-something lady’s favourite activities and Live is the perfect spot to go with girlfriends after a calming yoga class.
My favourite: the chocolate crepes

2. Favouite date place: It’s a Tie! The Beet and Lola’s Kitchen

I cannot say enough good things about The Beet. Firstly it’s owned by a Holistic Nutritionist and a Homeopathic Doctor so they have your health in mind! Secondly, the food is organic and local and the restaurant has a lovely, homey vibe. This is a omnivore-friendly restaurant too so if you or your date has dietary restrictions, you will be able to find something delicious here. Perfect for date night or with family who are not quite on board with healthy living and want comfort food (that’s secretly healthy)
My favourite: Mushroom, Walnut and Quinoa Burger

When I first went to Lola’s Kitchen I was skeptical; the interior was a bit dark and lackluster. But my server was super friendly and the menu was adorable and had nice font so I thought I’d give it a chance. Never judge a restaurant based on its interior, while Lola’s wasn’t anything fancy or fussy, it certainly makes up for it with the food which is literally my favourite in Toronto. I’ve been back a few times and each time is amazing and I’m never disappointed. The Enlightened Boyfriend loves it as well and they have lots of vegan, meat and gluten-free options.
My favourite: Quinoa Risotto

3. Favourite cooking class: Marni Wasserman

No one knows plant-based cooking quite like Marni does. Nestled in her intimate midtown cooking studio, Marni shows how whole food, plant-based cooking can be easy and delicious. Having graduated from both the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, Marni brings a unique and highly specialized skill set for both nutrition and culinary arts. The cooking studio offers a wide variety of classes and workshops and you will leave with knowledge and recipes to create nourishing meals for yourself.
My favourite: Fit and Fabulous cooking class

4. Favourite cupcake: Sweets From the Earth

While I’m typically a chocolate kind of girl, no one does vegan vanilla cupcakes (and especially vegan vanilla frosting) quite like my friends at Sweets From the Earth. I am fortunate enough to know the SFTE team on a personal and professional level and I can attest to the love, kindness and care they put into the business and into their products. Sweets From the Earth offer a multitude of delicious, vegan baked goods as well as vegan gluten-free and vegan nut-free goods. Their products may be purchased at a variety of grocery stores, health food shops and restaurants in the city.
My favourite: Vanilla Cupcake

5. Favourite yoga studio: Moksha Yoga Uptown

In Toronto there is literally a yoga studio on every street corner. But how do you know which one to pick? As a devote yoga lover and someone who has no allegiances to any yoga style or studio, that all changed when I went to Moksha Yoga Uptown. I find this studio to offer a wide array of classes both hot and regular temperature, have great service and teachers and an all round positive environment. That’s exactly why I am a part of their community as their resident Holistic Nutritionist.
My favourite: Danny’s Hot Vinyasa 2 class

6. Favourite cookbook: UnDiet by Meghan Telpner

This cookbook is a long time coming by fellow Torontonian and Nutritionista, Meghan Telpner. Her upbeat and colourful style makes Meghan someone you would be instantly drawn too. She knows how to break things down in a way that make sense and are relative for people to understand and her recipes are easy to follow and taste great. UnDiet is the anti-diet. There’s no calorie-counting, no starvation and certainly no deprivation. Just good whole foods.
My favourite: Wild Berry Crumble

7. Favourite juice bar: Belmonte Raw

If Carole Belmonte, owner of Belmonte Raw invited me to live in the basement of the restaurant I would say yes in a heart beat. Having access to all that gorgeous, organic food and drink would be heaven on Earth. Carol’s heart and soul goes into every food creation and her juices are by far the best in the city as she is known for her popular juice cleanses. While for most it may seem on the expensive side, I say you get what you pay for.
My favourite: Passion Juice with a Chocolate Peanut Butter Thimble

8. Favourite health food store: Herbs and Nutrition

Health food stores are not created equal. Some are small and lacking, others are vast but expensive, most mask themselves as ‘healthy’ but just contain the same crap that groceries stores do under the guise of organic and natural. Herbs and Nutrition is located on Bloor Street West, north side just west of Bathurst Street and has everything you could possibly want in a health food store including an extensive supplement section, a large refrigerator area, lots of bulk products and produce. Oh and the prices are about 20-30% less than what you would pay for at any other health food store which is awesome.
My favourite: the large bulk section and the variety of kombuchas

9. Favourite grab n’ go: Superfood Eateries

As a girl on the go, timing is everything and Superfood Eateries is the perfect spot for a grab and go breakfast or lunch. Working in downtown Toronto it is near impossible to find healthy food that is ready made but Superfood Eateries takes care of this and best part is they use local and organic ingredients and open early so you can pick up something before heading to the office. Bonus points for having super friendly staff.
My favourite: the Warm Hug and the Reboot juice

10. Favourite spa: Pure + Simple

If you want a facial, you go to Pure + Simple. They use natural and gentle products and the staff are well trained and knowledgeable. As someone with problem skin, I’ve struggled with finding a spa that will help me achieve clear skin while using products that are non-toxic and this is why I so love Pure + Simple. The owner, Kristen Ma does her homework and uses high quality ingredients in her line of skincare and cosmetics. I have only the most positive things to say about Pure + Simple spa.
My favourite: Salt Microdermabrasion by Ellen at Pure + Simple Yorkville

What is your favourite healthy hot spot in Toronto?

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