Top 5 Healthy Places to Eat in Oakville
At some point or another (cough, January 1?!) many of us commit to eating a more nutrient-rich diet in the hopes of self-improvement ... unless you're already on that Oakville #gymlife. Try as you may, healthy eating (and living, really) involves a paradigm shift and subsequent lifestyle changes which not everyone can commit to. While health is in the mouth of the beholder, we've included different lifestyle choices on our quest to find good food. These top 5 healthy restaurants will make dining out a breeze, whether you're a new dieter, have been eating clean for a minute, or are a seasoned level 5 vegan.
This 100 per cent vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free restaurant packs a serious flavour punch in the menu which "ain't your mama's rabbit food!" and is comprised of mains like sandwiches, bowls, burgers and salads. After much debate on which dish was the healthiest, I opted for the Ohana Bowl, which included teriyaki soy curls, pineapple, cremini mushrooms, edamame, cashews, and sesame seeds. It was scrumptious. Their menu is fun; with substitutes like tempeh bacon, teriyaki tofu and smoked gouda "cheeze," Vegebitez doesn’t sacrifice flavour in their healthy picks. For the occasional treat or cheat day, be sure to try their baked goods and milkshakes (we love the Amaretto flavour because alcohol). The resto, in a plaza on Neyagawa Blvd., is a happy place, with lilac, turquoise, and pineapple motifs.
Must-try: Ohana Bowl ($16.95)
Liquid-diet connoisseurs can find nutrient-rich concoctions at this downtown spot along Lakeshore Rd. Anyway, after sampling a few varieties of cold-pressed juice, I was seduced by Glow. It’s good for the skin, and contains antioxidants, anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties. But basically it has rose water (plus pear, coconut water, aloe, and strawberry) which sold me in a heartbeat. Cold-pressed juices are sold from two flagship locations, and also stocked in six Healthy Planet locations across the GTA. Additionally, they offer nut milk and healthy shots. (They offer free shipping on orders over $70 to Oakville and Mississauga for those summer body cleanses, y’all!). Green Press sells a variety of flavours, ranging from beet to ginger to an Almond Coffee. Plus, their berry oatmeal is vegan and gluten-free. Just go already.
Must-try: Glow Juice ($7.75)
Serving up fine dining without stuffiness, Noble offers a chef-inspired menu boasting farm to fork cuisine. There were some surprises. For gluten-free folks, the chickpea fries ($7), served with a sriracha mayo, were unconventional, crispy, and perfectly salted. The tuna tartare was tasty, while the salmon, scallops (in Polenta Agnolloti) and roasted chicken were perfectly cooked. The quiche was flavourful, with a kick of goat cheese and a tough crust. The man behind the menu, JohnRoss Woodland, ranks among the top chefs in the country. Naturally, there's also an excellent selection of wines to enjoy alongside your meal.
Must-try: Pan Seared Canadian Scallops ($24)
Solasta is a plant-based restaurant which recently opened in Kerr Village (in the old Karmah location). I didn't know what to order, so a fellow diner helped out with recommendations. The verdict? The black bean & shiitake burger, which is dressed with tamirillo ketchup, plantain mustard, and crunchy basil relish, is on point. (It’s served on a gluten-free bun). Served with mixed greens, the watermelon radish and pomegranate seeds make for a refreshing accompaniment. Chase it with Solasta's carrot-orange-fennel juice (the Indian-influenced menu is confirmed by tales of the owner’s travels through South Asia), which is sensational. If there’s room (there’s always room!) dessert offerings include vegan carrot cake and brownies. You’ve gotta try everything on the menu.
Must-try: Smoked Shiitake & Black Bean Burger ($18)
This Kerr Village staple, featuring a cafe and restaurant, has such a relaxing atmosphere (with plenty of natural light) it's second only to a day at the spa. Or a day trip to New York City, because it feels like I’m at a posh cafe near Columbia University (yup, I’m thinking of Joe’s). Superb service complemented my lunch — the aptly named Clean Bowl of Health, which was amazingly light yet satisfying. Warm and crunchy, it includes avocado, quinoa, goji berries, toasted herbed chickpeas, shredded cabbage, sweet potato mash, steamed seasonal greens, and tahini. I couldn't get enough. To chase it, the ginger kombucha was perfect, as was the chia granola, paired with blood oranges and coconut milk. Or if you need a caffeine fix, you could saunter to the other side and order a cup of joe via sister company Brothers' Coffee Roasters. (Note, there are no reservations during the day). The hours here were classic Oakville - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - but they’ve recently added dinner to the menu!
Must-try: Clean Bowl of Health ($16)
What’s your favourite healthy spot in Oakville?