Getting ready for Summer: Our favourite healthy food options in the East End!

May 25, 2017

Did bikini season almost sneak up on you again? If so, you’re not alone. With summer right around the corner, it’s normal to start trying to eat healthier (we know we are!). The good news is, there are places in Toronto’s East End that serve food that’s both equally delicious and good for you. Take a look at our list of healthy food options in the East End, they’ll have you feeling and looking great in no time!

Garden Gangsters – 12 Market Street

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

If their name doesn’t make you smile, their food will. Garden Gangsters is run by some cool folks with a mission to redefine what it means to be “gangster”. They believe in caring about your body, the planet, the community and others around you – and they celebrate with food. Stop by for one of their signature bowls, salads, smoothies or cookies. We recommend their Cabo Cobb Bowl and Mean Green Smoothie!

Green Earth Vegan Cuisine – 385 Broadview Ave

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

What’s good for the planet is good for you (and your tummy)! Green Earth Vegan Cuisine is a family-owned restaurant that is set out to share how hearty, healthy and exciting vegan cooking can be! They named their restaurant after their love of the planet,love of food, and the goal to reduce their carbon footprint. Green Earth Vegan Cuisine specializes in all different kinds of cuisines, including dishes from America, Italy, Mexico, China, Thailand and Vietnam. We recommend their Green Earth Rotisserie Chick-un and Spicy Indian Curry Tofu. It’s seriously a no-brainer when it comes to nutrition!

Impact Kitchen – 573 King Street East

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

This is the perfect place for people who want to make a positive impact on their lives. Impact Kitchen truly believes that food has the power to shape our daily lives, so they choose only organic ingredients from local farmers to ensure a fresh supply. They also have an army of chefs, nutritionists, and fitness experts to make sure every item is more nutritional than the last. You seriously have to try their Bone Broth, Harvest Bowl and Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Tori’s Bakeshop – 2188 Queen Street East

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

Known in Toronto as one of the best vegan and organic bakeries, Tori’s Bakeshop is a perfect place for the eco-friendly folk. They run a 100% all-natural bakery with options for everyone, including their dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, casein-free and refined sugar-free treats! And, their coffee and teas are just as good as their scrumptious desserts. This place is a great find for any cravings during swimsuit season! Their treats change daily, so be sure to stop by soon.

The Big Carrot – 358 Danforth Ave

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

If you’re looking for a great place to get some healthy groceries, The Big Carrot Natural Food Market is for you. Not only are they one of Toronto’s best one-stop grocery shops for food, body care and supplements, they can also blend up one of the best organic juices in the city! They also have their Carrot Kitchen where they serve a healthy selection of fresh, innovative dishes with ingredients sourced from many local farmers and producers. We recommend their Tacos and Salad Bar!

Food Dudes Pantry – 24 Carlaw Ave

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

If these dudes know one thing, it’s food. Food Dudes is a quick-service lunch spot that lets you choose between a variety of healthy options. Like a cafeteria takeout counter, you get to pick from fresh proteins and sides to create your own “box”! There isn’t much room to dine in, so we recommend going during work hours for a speedy (and guilt free!) visit. The best part? The food at Food Dudes changes every day, so it’s a great place to try again and again.

Belmonte Raw – 1022 Queen Street East

Healthy Food Options for Summer in the East End

This all-raw joint was founded by a woman who, in 2008 delivered her own creations to her customers by bicycle! In 2011, she opened Belmonte Raw store in Leslieville and the rest is history! She knows it’s hard to always eat properly, so she makes providing healthy, accessible food options her daily mission. To do that, she specializes in creating organic cold-pressed juices, cleanses, salads, snacks and sweets. The best part is: they deliver (just like they always have)!

We hope you got a taste of just how delicious healthy food can be! Keep these options in mind for when you’re out and about in Toronto. If you would like more great East End tips like these, or to learn more about Marlin Spring, please visit us at