Mint + Craft
Mint + Craft is a cafe that recently opened in downtown SLO on Monterey Street. Mint + Craft prides itself on only serving food that is locally grown here on the central coast. Along with a cozy dining feel, this cafe also serves artisan coffee, teas and wine. So whether you need a place to get some work done, or have brunch with a friend, Mint + Craft is a great restaurant to opt for a healthier and cleaner meal.
The Nordic- house cured wild salmon, cherry tomato, creme fraiche, onion-caper relish, micro onion sprouts, whole grain bread. ($14)
Indian Vegan Bowl- yellow lentil daal, market vegetables. ($13)
The Slo Market- roasted market vegetables, california sheep’s milk cheese, yellow lentil dal, za’atar, on a whole grain open faced toasted sandwich. ($11)
New Earth Superfoods
Raw Health Cafe
New Earth Superfoods is an organic, raw and vegan health cafe in downtown SLO. All the food served at this restaurant is free of soy, dairy, added sugars and GMOs. Though there are restrictions to the kind of food available here, the menu is abundant with flavorful options for any food palate. New Earth Cafe is inspired by the concept of comfort foods being prepared in a healthy manner. The cafe is also known for its probiotic and fermented products. Eating foods with natural cultures and probiotics deliver pivotal nutrients that will act as immunity boosters to guard against sickness. Through juices, probiotic yogurts and vegan superfoods, New Earth Cafe provides its customers with unique and nutrient packed meals.
Immunity Booster Juice- mixed greens, carrots, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon, and ginger.($9)
Sprouted Gluten Free Pizza- probiotic pesto, mushrooms, tomato spread, veggies. ($9)
Probiotic Parfait- chocolate or raspberry “grawnola”, coconut yogurt, berries, seasonal fruit, chocolate. ($9)
Granada bistro is a cozy, brick restaurant attached to an urban hotel. Granada Bistro makes flavorful and modern updates to timeless french dishes. This restaurant offers a more upscale dining experience, with all clean and nutrient dense ingredients. On weekends, Granada has brunch that incorporates all classic brunch items, but with a healthy twist. With a homey interior and a chic outdoor seating, Granada is a perfect restaurant for a date night, family dinner or birthday brunch without any post-meal guilt.
Quinoa Bowl- roasted peppers, currants, dill caramelized fennel, and roasted vegetables.($14)
Pan Roasted Chicken- heirloom tomato panzanella, local greens, smoked tomato vinaigrette.($26)
Ahi Tartare- sesame-chili oil, english cucumber, asian pear, pine nuts, crispy shallot. ($17)
Don’t let the name fool you: this is not a strictly vegetarian restaurant. However, there are a number of non-meat items. From meat lovers to vegans, Vegetable Butcher serves healthy, organic and unique meals with tasty options for everyone. Along with a chic and urban dining experience, you can also place your Vegetable Butcher’s orders online, so you can have gourmet healthy meals while eating in the comfort of your own home. Vegetable Butcher offers a modern fusion cuisine chock full of nutrients.
Forbidden Sesame Cauliflower- heirloom cauliflower, black forbidden rice, gold pea shoots.($11)
Turkey Mole Taco- hibiscus pickled red onion, toasted sesame, lime crema. ($6)
Sweet Potato and Corn Taco- pomegranate, flower petals, avocado, vegan cashew créma.($6)
With peaceful creekside dining, Bliss Cafe serves a variety of high-quality plant-based dishes. The cafe only uses local, fresh and organic ingredients in its food, smoothies and desserts. Customers of Bliss Cafe do not notice the lack of meat and dairy because many of the food options include tofu and vegan cheese that are cleverly prepared to taste much like the animal products they are substituting. This cafe offers a ‘blissful’ experience to enjoy your meal while listening to the soothing sounds of the flowing creek. Whether you order a refreshing smoothie, protein packed vegetable bowl or nutritious dessert, you will not be let down with your experience at Bliss.
Protein Buddha- Black beans, roasted potatoes, sautéed kale, avocado, with your choice of plant-based protein and topped with almond nutritional yeast dressing. ($12.50)
Kalefornia Pesto Burrito- Grilled tofu, roasted potatoes, sautéed kale, black beans, avocado, cabbage, and house made pesto dressing. ($12.50)
Kale Hemp Wrap- Cashew cheese, hemp seeds, kalel, carrots, cabbage, corn, roasted potatoes, & grilled tofu in a whole wheat lavash bread. ($12.50)
Acai bowls are all the hype lately, however many of these trendy bowls are full of added sugar. Seeds acai cafe in downtown SLO, makes refreshing acai bowls using only quality ingredients from local vendors, making their acai bowls full of flavor without all the extra sugar. Along with acai bowls, Seeds makes thick toasts using bread from local slo breadshop, House of Bread, as well as chia seed puddings and smoothies. Seeds is the perfect way to start your days by fueling your body with a clean meal.
Bowl One- acai, almond milk, banana and strawberry blended togethers and topped with granola, strawberry, banana, blueberry, coconut flakes, chia seeds and honey or agave. ($8)
Toast Three- smashed avocado, pepita and sunflower seeds, and pink himalayan salt topped on a slice of thick squaw bread. ($5.50)
Chia Pudding One- chia, coconut milk, agave, granola, topped with banana, raspberries, cocoa, and flax. ($7)
So as you continue your training journey for over the couple of months, I hope you look to this blog for inspiration and a reminder that eating healthy can also be eating deliciously. Continue to train hard, walk/run often and remember that it IS possible to eat SLO Guilt Free.