Top 10 Healthy Fast Food in TO

In an ideal world, you’re prepping healthy meals daily. Prepping your own meals allows you to know exactly what going into your food and reach your goals.

But, what happens when life often throws you a curve ball and you get extra busy one day or you simply refuse to get past the idea that you hate cooking?

In a city abundant with restaurants, it can sometimes be overwhelming deciding where to eat that won’t set you back on reaching your goals until you can get back in the kitchen. Luckily, there are some great restaurants offering high quality, sustainable food that you can support.

I’ve scoped out Toronto’s healthiest fast food restaurants so you can still eat clean in a hurry.

 

Impact Kitchen

Where: King St E and Adelaide St W.

What I love about them:  They ensure that all their ingredients (fresh, local and organic) be high quality, by working closely with their farmers and suppliers. Their team includes chefs, nutritionists, and fitness experts, so that each item on their menu is nutrient dense and tastes great too.

They also offer gluten free, paleo and vegan options.

My fave dish: Grab yourself a Power Bowl or Slow Cooked Stew. Yum!

 

Cali Love

Where: 3 locations in the downtown core and 1 in Yorkville

What I love about them:  They promote organic and fresh foods and sustainably sourced fish delivered daily. What’s not to like!

My fave dish: The mindful salad bowl is awesome!

 

IQ foods

Where: 7 locations to serve you (downtown and uptown)

What I love about them: They have an emphasis on cooking what’s in season and local, as well as quality and organic ingredients. They also focus on nutrient density rather than empty calories and they offer options for omnivores and strict plant eaters alike.

My fave dish: Their Bowls! Hard to pick just one, cause they’re all so yummy! Their bowls change according to season and you can also modify ingredients according to your goals; opt for no cheese if you’re skipping the dairy, double the protein if you’re trying to build muscle, or skip out on the grains if you’re trying to go low carb.

 

Live Organic Food Bar

Where: Dupont St. The Annex.  You can also order online and find their prepared meals at lots of supermarkets around the city.

What I love about them:  They are all about plants and are committed to sustainable organic farming. The entire menu is wheat free and gluten free, gmo free, with no refined sugars.

My fave dish: The raw soft shell taco is pretty amazing. But it’s a really hard choice choosing!

 

Fresh Restaurants

Where: 5 locations around TO, including downtown and uptown

What I love about them:  Love the focus on fresh nourishing plant based ingredients.

They also have quite a varied menu, offering fresh juices, smoothies, salads and mains.

While this restaurant is vegan and may not appeal to the omnivore type, it is a much better option that most fast food restaurants out there. Hec it won’t kill you to get some extra veggies in you 🙂

My fave dish: Their salads are amazing, my personal favourite is the tangles thai. As someone who stays away from soy, I opt for nuts, seeds and legumes as my protein choices.

 

Flock

Where: 5 locations in the downtown area

What I love about them:  They believe in sustainable farming is the best way to help not only our environment, but also the local farming industry. So they only source chicken that is raised hormone free and in a stress free environment.

My fave dish: Since their menu centres around rotisserie chicken with a side of greens you really can’t go wrong.

 

Kupfert and Kim

Where: 6 locations in the downtown core

What I love about them:  Their focus on loads of organic veggies!

Like many vegan restaurants, many of their dishes contain tofu, but if you’re soy free like me, you can opt for sprouted beans and seeds as your protein source.

My fave dish: The K&K Paleo bowl is awesome, and all their lunch and dinner bowls sound great.

 

Chipotle

Where: 3 locations close to the downtown core and many others in TO

What I love about them:  They believe in using vegetables grown in healthy soil and meat from animals that that are pasture raised. They’re also working to eliminate all GMO’s from their restaurant

My fave dish: Big fan of their salad bowl

 

B.Good

Where: 6 locations in the Toronto area

What I love about them:  They are committed to sustainability. Antibiotic and hormone free protein and no artificial flavours or preservatives in their food. They also use seasonal ingredients so that they can support sustainable farming practices.

My fave dish: The power bowl is a pretty great!

 

Freshii

Where: Over 10 locations in the GTA

What I love about them:  While I’m not quite sure about the quality of their products, fresh food is always a better alternative than processed foods. There are enough location of Freshii around that if you’re really stuck for a healthy salad or bowl, you’re bound to be near one of their locations.

My fave dish: A custom salad with greens, shaved beets and carrots, avocado, cucumbers, and chickpeas, or the Mediterranean Bowl with Chicken is a good and filling bowl.

 

There you have it. Now go on and support restaurants that are trying to keep you healthy!

 

Much love

Daniela Nahas

 

P.S if I’ve missed a healthy fast food restaurant you love, please share it with me!

 

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I’m Andy Randhawa, the newest addition to the Best Body Bootcamp family.

You can’t hear my accent while reading this but I’m Australian.
I grew up playing a lot of sports like tennis, basketball, boxing and footy (Aussie rules football) and competed professionally in tennis.

I have transformed bodies for over 12 years and also helped them show it off on stage.

I have an extensive knowledge about training and nutrition which I can apply to my clients to bring them closer their goals.

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Look forward to making you get your dream body.

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DANIELA NAHAS

My journey in fitness and health began about 15 years ago. Before that, like many of you I struggled with yo-yo dieting, and doing countless hours of cardio just to stay looking slim. Boy I wish I could talk some sense into my past self! But health is a journey and I am so grateful for all of my experiences, which have shaped what I have to offer our members today.
Over the years I have experienced first hand the life changing benefits of incorporating the right kind of exercise into my life. That motivated me to become a personal trainer 15 years ago, and it still continues to motivate me today. I want everyone to be able to to experience what exercise can do for their well being, self confidence and physique.
I used to struggle with my nutrition in a big way, so I completely empathize with you, if this is the hardest part for you when it comes to seeing long term change. I once struggled with eating disorders, followed by any years of a very negative relationship to food, even during my initial years as a personal trainer.

It occurred to me one day that I could not help my clients make changes and make better choices, without first focusing on myself. It was through completing my Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification that I was able to change my relationship to food and be able to genuinely help clients get closer to their goals.

My increasing passion for nutrition and health led me to become certified as a Health Coach. As a health coach, I am able to help my clients delve deeper into your relationship with food and their health. What lies beneath our patterns and habits is fascinating and when you can tap into that it can have an incredibly powerful impact on our lives, and bring about real change!

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My journey in fitness and nutrition is a little different than most. You see, I’m a former fat kid! The kid who was a total introvert! I was always the guy who was too embarrassed to take his shirt off at the beach! But I remember the day everything changed for me – I looked in the mirror and wasn’t happy with what I saw. I made the decision to change my body and my life. It was 1999 and I took a before pic and measurements and body fat and I entered the Body for Life Challenge. Over the next 90 days, I completely changed my eating habits, and worked out regularly. I actually was awarded the Canadian Grand Champion for my age category!

I was no longer the fat kid. I looked forward to getting to a beach so I could take my shirt off and I became more outgoing and fun! After seeing the difference it made in my life I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people realize the amazing benefits of optimal health and fitness.

I started out as most trainers do in your typical gym. After years of working in a gym setting, I was getting disillusioned with how Big Box Gyms operated. I wanted to train people functionally and to make their bodies strong in the movements they used in the real word. I wanted to make working with a highly trained instructor more affordable, and I wanted to make fitness fun because let’s face it; if you are having a blast, it makes it that much easier to stick to it. The result was the launching of Best Body . I have to tell you that although I looked great in the after pic above, the food and exercise plans I followed to get that after pic, hurt me in the long run. It made me look good from the outside but my body was breaking down on the inside. The way I was working out and what I thought was healthy eating was in fact hurting me in the long run. I was over training, taking longer to recover from my workouts, I tore my rotator cuff and had gut issues. Nothing I could do was helping and then I was introduced to a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach who helped me. Turns out I was stressing my body beyond repair and then giving it food that wasn’t helping but was actually stressing my body even more. He made me look at my body and the food I put into it in a totally different way.

That lead me to complete my certification as a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach and we pass that knowledge on and encourage holistic nutrition to our members.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of Best Body Bootcamp, I also work with individual clients doing fitness training as well as holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching.

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