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Healthy Bites Around the
Block in New Haven


If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably made a New Year’s resolution to yourself to get more exercise and eat a bit healthier this year. Sounds easy enough, right?

But here’s the kicker – if you love eating out as much as I do, sticking to that healthy eating plan can feel like a real challenge. It’s not just about dodging those tempting fries or skipping the dessert menu; it’s about finding places to eat where the healthy options are actually exciting and not just an afterthought. Let’s face it, a sad side salad or a bland grilled chicken breast isn’t going to cut it when you’re trying to enjoy a meal out. So, what’s a food lover to do?

When it comes to restaurants in New Haven, there are so many better eating options, including several health restaurants. Cold outside? No problem—many offer delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

Ready to explore? Here’s a “must-try” list for those prioritizing health this year.

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Health-Centric Restaurants in New Haven

B-Natural Kitchen

B-Natural Kitchen is located on College Street in New Haven and offers a changing menu with the seasons. But, don’t worry, it stays healthy year-round. Here you’ll find a variety of protein-rich egg dishes as well as bowls packed with vitamin-rich fruits, greens, and grains. Salads, wraps, and smoothies are also part of this menu. Besides being healthy, B-Natural Kitchen also strives to use locally sourced ingredients.

Life Bowls

Life Bowls is conveniently located in the heart of downtown New Haven on Orange Street. As the name suggests, you’ll find a variety of bowl-based options such as salad bowls, acai bowls, pitaya bowls, and more. There are many vegan-friendly items and gluten-free options to suit a variety of diets. Don’t forget to order a smoothie or coffee to go along with your healthy meal choice.

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The Juice Box

If you like healthy juices but don’t want to blend them at home, try The Juice Box. Here you’ll find a variety of cold-pressed juices full of vegetables and fruits. There are also several different types of smoothies to choose from as well as acai bowls. If you’re craving a juice or smoothie and don’t want to leave the house, just call for delivery. This way, there’s no excuse for not eating healthy!

Cedarhurst Cafe

The Cedarhurst Cafe is another place to put on your “must-try” list of healthy eating options in New Haven. With a larger menu than some of the other choices, The Cedarhurst Cafe serves breakfast all day (we love that!) as well as lunch, smoothies, acai bowls, and many different coffee options. Enjoy all-natural cookies, muffins, and more along with a sustainably sourced custom-crafted coffee. All smoothies and juices are made to order using the freshest fruits and vegetables. The Cedarhurst Cafe is another spot that uses local food delivery services to make it easier to stay on the healthy train. If you’re going in for a visit, you’ll find this great spot on Crown Street.

Claire’s Corner Copia

Claire’s Corner Copia is a well-known vegetarian restaurant that is in the heart of downtown and the Yale campus on Chapel Street. Organic, sustainable, vegan, gluten-free…you’ll find it all and more at Claire’s. The menu here seems endless with so many different sandwiches, salads, and entrees to choose from. From Mexican dishes to flatbread pizzas and veggie burgers, there are healthy options for every palate. 

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Healthy Market Options

Besides healthy restaurants, there are also healthy market options in New Haven. These are great resources to get all of the ingredients you need to make your healthy dishes right at home.

Edge of the Woods Market

The Edge of the Woods Market is conveniently located on Whalley Avenue, near Westville and downtown New Haven. Here you’ll find fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, and more to make all of your favorite recipes at home. The Edge of the Woods Market also serves a variety of sandwiches and soups. 

Farmers Market

Who said you have to wait until the warmer months to enjoy a good farmers market? The winter market is alive and well in New Haven now through March. Each Saturday morning stop down to the CitySeed Winter Market on Chapel Street for a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. With the winter market, you can’t use Mother Nature as an excuse for not eating healthy! Of course, don’t forget to visit the summer farmers markets once they begin in June.

With so many health-centric restaurants, cafes, and markets in New Haven, there’s no excuse not to get on the right track. Try one or several of these options for food that tastes good and is good for you!

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Residents can enjoy seasonal produce from the nearby CitySeed Winter Market and organic groceries from Edge of the Woods Market.
B-Natural Kitchen and Life Bowls, offering quick, nutritious meals, are just a short distance away, with delivery options available.
New Haven Towers features a state-of-the-art fitness center and is close to local parks and walking trails.