Any fitness expert will tell you, your diet makes up about 80% of your health and wellness. There is only so much you can do to improve your health with exercise alone. That is not to say you should cut your exercise regiment, but it is important to keep up both to maintain a healthy body and reach all of your fitness goals.
We have put together a list of our favorite places around Chicago to grab a post-workout meal or indulge in some great tasting, health inspired food:
Bowls & Smoothies
Hi-Vibe Superfood Juicery
160 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Whether you are kick-starting your workout, recovering after intense training or just in the mood for a refreshing and healthy start to your day, Hi-Vibe is the perfect place to have your greens and enjoy them, too. This is a great place to get your smoothie, acai bowl, wrap or salad fix, with a menu that is extensive enough that you can always try something new.
Our favorite? Try the Green Velvet smoothie for a great mix of fruit, greens and protein!
Fruve’ Press Juicery
1130 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Another option for busy Chicagoans is the ever-popular Fruve’, one of the best juiceries in town. Enjoy a range of smoothies, wellness shots and bowls at a very reasonable price. Plus, all of the ingredients are fresh and healthy.
We suggest trying the After Gym smoothie to recover from the even your toughest workout.
For Our Vegans
Native Foods Cafe
218 S. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Native Foods is a national chain dedicated to providing great-tasting vegan food to the community at an affordable price. If you have chosen a plant-based diet and are looking for anything from a healthy salad to a guilt-free guilty pleasure (like fried ‘chicken’), Native Foods is the place for you!
You should try the Native Chicken Run Ranch sandwich, the best way to indulge a craving for protein without breaking your earth-conscious lifestyle.
131 N. Clinton Street, Ste 7
Chicago, IL 60661
Your raw options in the city are only growing, but Chicago Raw is one of the best. They serve up the freshest ingredients, a vegan menu and the tastiest raw desserts to give you the best tasting health food you can imagine. Go raw and go guilt-free when you choose Chicago Raw.
Check out the Chicago Raw Rolls for a filling lunch with lots of nutrients and the tastiest dipping sauce around.
Date Night Done Right
228 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
If you are ready to indulge in bold flavors, get a delicious veggie fix and maybe give in to a not-so-sinful cheat meal, Farmhouse is the place to take your favorite people for a great dinner out. Farmhouse embraces the farm-to-table brand without the grassy aftertaste. You can enjoy a diverse menu, many vegetable options, and a lovely atmosphere, even saving room for a few specialty drinks.