Top 5 Chicago Restaurants for a Healthy Meal

Whether we’re looking for a quick bite on the go or want to unwind with a romantic dinner, delicious healthy meal options are not always easy to find.  Even with the help of a nutritionist to know what food is best for your body, finding the right place to eat is key!  Below are five Chicago restaurants for healthy meal that we find worthy of a food-conscious adventure, and convenient to a Chicago Athletic Club location to boot!  Eat up!

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Mana Food Bar
This hidden gem down the street from Wicker Park Athletic Club is a dining treat. Focused on vegetarian global cuisine, pretty much everything here is a win-win for healthy eating, and so full of amazing flavor you won’t miss the meat.  With their intimate, welcoming space and superb cocktail list, it makes for a great date night or girls brunch.  Bonus: they have a daily happy hour from 5:30-6:30pm, two sliders and a beer for $7.50.  Perfect for that post-yoga treat.

BeeZzee on Sheffield
This counter service treasure is a great stop for a quick bite or a healthy lunch.  In addition to a fantastic build-your-own salad bar, they offer crepes, coffee, juices, wraps – basically everything you could want with fresh ingredients and a healthy attitude.  Grab a Choco-Nana Peanut Butter Smoothie with a protein boost to fuel your bootcamp workout at Lincoln Park Athletic Club.

Lyfe Kitchen
A “health casual” restaurant chain on a mission to bridge the gap between fast food and fine dining through fresh, nourishing foods. Take it to go or eat it there, they make nutrition-conscious eating easy with a transparent menu that lists calorie counts and sodium quantity for each option.  And the options are abundant.  An excellent option for Evanston Athletic Club members looking for meal after their workout on the way to pick up the kids.

Green Zebra
There’s a reason why this innovative and inspirational vegetarian restaurant has been a booming success on Chicago’s west side for almost 13 years. The place to take your foodie friends when you want to eat healthy, the stellar vegetable-centric cuisine was created by a James Beard Award nominee.  The place for Friday night dinner post spin class at West Loop Atheltic Club.

We know what you’re thinking – “A grocery store? Really?”  But hear us out!  The new Mariano’s that have been popping up all over Chicago have some of the best salad bars, sushi options and fresh affordable cuisine for consumers on the go!  All while getting some key shopping done.  Or if you want to stay a while, have a glass of wine at the wine bar.  Why not?  You had a great aerial workout at Webster Place Athletic Club.  You deserve it.

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