As many of you who know me OR who even follow my instagram know, I am a little obsessed with Fresh Restaurants in Toronto. One is right across the street, for one, but more importantly they offer a high density of nutrition in their menu. It is vegetarian, extremely vegan-friendly, and has a ton of options for those avoiding gluten. Not only that, but with many dishes including nutritious ingredients such as quinoa, kale, goji berries, edamame, jicama, sunflower sprouts, brown rice, sweet potatoes and legumes - it's a great place to fuel up! So, here are my top choices at Fresh, for those who are looking to keep their restaurant choices very clean. Everything is available to view on their website, and on their online menu.
Legume or vegetable based soup - these change daily, but when I see a broccoli/cauliflower puree, I jump on it! Mighty Greens - steamed kale, bok choy and swiss chard with 3â¢6â¢9 dressing and Toasted Seed Mix Soho Plate - herb falafel balls, quinoa & adzuki bean tabouleh, flax hummus, toasted pita, tomato & cucumber.
Salads: Honestly, all of them are great. They are all packed with nutrition and balanced with some clean, plant-based protein. My faves are the following -
Ace of Kales - grilled tempeh bacon, jicama, grape tomatoes, Toasted Mixed Nuts, green onions & avocado on mixed kale marinated in our house dressing Superfood Salad - edamame, napa cabbage, cucumber, sunflower sprouts, parsley, cilantro & Fresh Salad Topper on salad greens All Star - quinoa & adzuki bean tabouleh on shredded raw kale with goji berries, Toasted Mixed Nuts, parsley, cilantro, sunflower sprouts, grilled sweet potato & tofu steaks
The (veggie) burgers are all fine. To keep them clean, skip the mayo, skip anything fried (such as the quinoa onion rings), and they are best consumed in lettuce in place of a bun. Alternatively, you can get a whole wheat bun and only have half. I would add the superfood salad for an extra cost to balance it out, in the case of sticking to the lettuce in place of a bun. It will be very filling!
The wraps are awesome! Add a side salad and only eat half, saving the other half for later. Again, skip the mayo here to keep it clean.
When ordering a bowl, because the portions are large, I recommend clients split an order into two meals OR order the baby-sized bowl. It may look small, but with all that nutrition and fibre from the brown rice, it's very filling! Plus, some of the sauces can be high in cal and are better split into two servings. My top choices are:
Green Goddess - steamed greens & broccoli with grilled tempeh, pickled ginger, toasted sunflower seeds, tahini sauce, toasted nori & ginger tamari sauce Grounding Greens - steamed greens, avocado, lemon garlic glaze, tofu steaks & Toasted Mixed Nuts Macro Greens - steamed greens & broccoli, raw bean sprouts and grilled sweet potato with your choice of sauce or dressing Beach - grilled red pepper, zucchini & sweet potato with avocado, sun-dried tomato, sunflower sprouts, olive oil, tamari, lemon, mixed herbs & your choice of grilled tofu steaks or goat cheese
Shake-wise, and of their green smoothies are your best bets in terms of nutritional value. And guess what? They're deeee-licious! So go indulge in a serious vitamin restoration that makes you feel like you're at the spa and giving your body some serious decadent unwinding.