San Francisco is a place that has almost any type of cuisine you’re looking for. As professional eaters, we spend a lot of time trying the bet and newest food the city has to offer, so we can pass on that knowledge to our guests. (Okay, it’s not all research…we just love eating!) Between all of our eating endeavors, we crave things that make our body feel its best. There are more than 5 places for eating healthy in San Francisco, of course, but these are some of our favorites.
1. Bi-Rite Market
If you’re cooking at home, some of the best ingredients in the city can be found at Bi-Rite. (The market also has a phenomenal prepared food section, if you want to take something home instead.) It’s a small store, so you may not be able to find everything you need there, but what you can find will be high quality. The staff is extremely picky about which purveyors they use, which results in great quality produce, meats, cheeses, and healthy prepared foods in their store. If you’re curious about a certain food, ask the Bi-Rite employees, who are knowledgeable about everything they stock. (They’ll often let you try an ingredient, too.) The name “Bi-Rite” is usually known for its homemade ice cream, but trust us that it’s a staple for eating healthy in San Francisco.
3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
550 Divisadero Street, San Francisco 94117
2. Gracias Madre
We love a fried fish taco, but when we want healthier Mexican fare, a visit to Gracias Madre is in order. Gracias Madre is an entirely vegan restaurant, so it’s a great place to get your vegetable servings. Luckily, the restaurant doesn’t sacrifice taste. Hearty Quesadilla de Camote (sweet potato quesadilla), lentil bowls, kale salads, and tacos stuffed with zucchini, mushrooms, or cauliflower are fantastic. Gracias Madre also serves Madre Green and Tropical Green smoothies. Also great for your health is where Gracias Madre’s food comes from. The restaurant has its own farm in Pleasants Valley called the Be Love Farm.
2211 Mission Street, San Francisco 94110
Is there any better way to start the day than with an acai bowl by the beach? If you’re willing to trek out to the Outer Sunset, you’ll be rewarded with the raw, vegan cuisine at Judahlicious. The restaurant and smoothie shop is located in a quiet neighborhood by Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. Judahlicious even has a “nutrition” section on their website that encourages, “obtaining nutrients through food sources. Vitamins and minerals obtained through a well-balanced diet should provide everything a healthy body needs.” Their variety of fresh juices, gluten-free waffles, pizzas, tacos, salads, grain bowls, and chilis should be more than enough to provide nutrients during your meal.
3906 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
4. Rainbow Grocery
Rainbow Grocery is a worker-owned cooperative in the Mission. It has a huge variety of health foods and health supplements from elderberry syrup to bulk beans to raw milk. Rainbow Grocery’s range of bulk items is impressive, at more than 800 different items. The range of fruits and vegetables available is quite large, thanks to the temperate California weather. The grocer also stocks housewares and sundries, so you can pick up everything from a new skillet to dog food.
1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
5. Seed + Salt
Head to the Marina for “honest, delicious food that your body will appreciate”. If you’re searching for a healthy meal, you’ll find one without any gluten, dairy, refined sugar, trans fats and GMOs at Seed + Salt. Eat healthy without sacrificing flavor and try some of our favorites: Green Curry Rice Bowl, Beet Burger, or Chickpea Frittata.
2240 Chestnut Street, San Francisco CA 94123
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