It’s that time of year, where New Year's resolutions are afoot and many people you know are trying to eat healthier. It’s common to look into restaurants in your area that serve healthier meals so you can enjoy going out to eat with your loved ones while still choosing a meal that’s good for you. Or maybe you don’t have a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier foods and you’re just looking for healthy restaurants in Colorado Springs that can become a part of your routine- either way we’ve got you covered!
And it’s not all just salads! That’s a common misconception when it comes to “healthy” restaurants and the ones on our list today are here to break that- not to say there’s anything wrong with a good salad, because when a salad is good it can become a new favorite food quick, luckily these restaurants have got their menus refined to fit anyone’s tastes. But before we start eating, we first have to talk about GiftYa.
GiftYa is a website and mobile app that sells thousands of digital gift cards to places you know and love like retailers, restaurants, online stores, local business, and more- (that includes places in the Colorado Springs area, so be on the lookout for potential gift ideas in your near future). It’s all online so you can send a virtual gift card for up to $250 to someone in just a few minutes! Plus with GiftYa’s flexibility you can always swap the gift card out for another business on their website just in case they want to use your gift at another location GiftYa offers.
Learn more about why GiftYa is the optimal place to go for all your gift card needs.
19 N Tejon St | Colorado Springs | thejointveganstreetfood.com
Once a Vegan Food Truck, now a restaurant that opened in October of last year, The Joint is a vegan restaurant that’s mission is to bring healthy and nutritious food to the people of Colorado Springs. Selling delicious plant-based street foods is what they’re good at and with their ever rotating menu of your faves like beet wraps, burgers, loaded fries, cauliflower wings, and sandwiches, you’re sure to fall in love with this new and improved, now stationary, restaurant.
“Absolutely delicious! This is some of the best vegan food you will ever have. The owner makes all the food from scratch - even the sauces. There is so much love and care put into the food. I have to hold myself back from going every week but I usually can't resist.” -Yelp Review
1791 S 8th St | Colorado Springs | burrowingowllounge.com
Tyler and Cody, the owners and creators of the Burrowing Owl, are here to “lead by example” by not preaching but by showing that you can create truly tasty food from plant-based sources.
Along with that they also make an effort to make sure that every customer’s dollar goes a long way. They use their profits to support several nonprofits to help promote culture, animals, knowledge, and justice. They use their combined 58 years in the hospitality industry to create a restaurant that is healthy for people, and healthy for the planet.
Expect foods like Chips & Queso, Red Curry, the classic BLT, the “Messy Sloppy” Sloppy Joe, Mac & Cheese, Nachos, Tacos, Burritos, and more! Grab a drink like a hard seltzer, sour, or gluten-free cider! They’ve also got cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks!
“Everyone is so nice! Aesthetics are awesome! And the menu is so expansive!! I was visiting from out of state and was so happy to find this gem! Definitely worth the price, drive, time... whatever your excuse is!!” -Yelp Review
1765 Briargate Pkwy Suite 807 | Colorado Springs | modernmarket.com
Modern Market Eatery is focused on one thing: making food that’s made from scratch using sustainable ingredients that you can actually pronounce and recognize. There’s nothing artificial and they make sure that whenever possible they get the best local, homegrown ingredients. Just like regular Farmers Markets where everything tastes just that much better than normal food you’ll get at a regular run of the mill restaurant.
With Modern Market Eatery taking the proper time and consideration to craft their foods, you can expect a lot of great menu picks like the Southwest BBQ Beef Bowl, the Salmon Caesar Salad, a Hand Carved Chicken Protein Bowl, Blueberry Pesto sandwich, and with pizzas, soups, and sweet treats- you’ll definitely find something you love!
“Great healthy choice in a convenient spot
Portions and quality of protein are surprisingly good. Fresh and delicious. Dressing was sweet so I would recommend to have it on the side” -Yelp Review
3408 N Academy Blvd | Colorado Springs | elephantthaicos.com
Elephant Thai serves up a blend of high quality, authentic, Thai cuisine right in the heart of Colorado Springs. Their freshly prepared dishes are highlighted by herbs and spices that are actually imported right from Thailand itself! And the best part of those spices and herbs is they are put to use in dishes that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary needs. So no matter what kind of healthy option you are looking for, Elephant Thai is going to have something that fits you! There’s soups like Tom Yum Kung, the classic Pad Thai, fried rice, a “Street Food” menu, and much more!
“I will take more pictures when I go back; and I definitely will! It's my girlfriend and mines favorite local restaurant. Super friendly service and the food is delicious. Dependably fast. They have great vegetarian and vegan options. I recommend to all!” -Yelp Review
1625 W Uintah St K | Colorado Springs | sweetelizabethsorganics.com
A sweet treat that’s not full of unnecessary fats and artery clogging ingredients is exactly what you need when you get sick of seeing green veggies every time you go to sleep. And at Sweet Elizabeth’s Organics you can get your gluten-free, plant based, allergen-free, and vegan goodies all baked to perfection by Sweet Elizabeth herself!
If you’re looking for the sweet side of things:
If you’re looking for savory:
“Love this place, so many good treats and super friendly people. Definitely come here for sweets, donuts, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, awesome selections. Their hours are strict but no complaints there” -Yelp Review
1 Lake Ave | Colorado Springs | broadmoor.com
Located in The Broadmoor, a destination resort in Colorado Springs, Natural Epicurean is offering adventurous spirits a healthy bite to eat as they go out and explore the resort and all the great things Colorado Springs has to offer. Going on a hike outdoors? Get your day started with fresh coffee and juice. There’s locally sourced salads and sandwiches for when you need to pop in for a quick lunch. And the best part? Those mountain views you’ll get to see as you chow down on some good food.
“This is the best restaurant in all of the Broadmoor I hate tried so far. The service was good, the ambiance was very refreshing and the room was delicious. Would definitely recommend this place for a nice lunch!” -Yelp Review
13492 Bass Pro Dr Suite 120 | Colorado Springs | vitalitybowls.com
Forged from a “strong commitment to bring health and wellness” to everybody around the country through fresh superfoods- (in case you aren’t aware, superfood is stated to be food that’s incredibly full of nutrients), Vitality Bowls has made a name for themselves by serving their fair share of healthy foods like their açaí bowls. Açaí berries topped with organic granola can really make you feel charged and ready for the day. They also have wraps, salads, grain bowls, and juices.
“I had the pumpkin bowl and it was amazing! Everything was so fresh and delicious! I think I am going to start at the top of the list and try every bowl one by one. Great addition to the Northgate area!!” -Yelp Review
26 Manitou Ave | Manitou Springs | adamsmountaincafe.com
In Manitou Springs you’ll find that vegetarians and vegans alike aren’t an afterthought at Adam’s Mountain Cafe. From the chefs to the servers you’ll find that they put care into making sure each and every dish is both cooked to perfection and served with knowledge you won’t find anywhere else. Happy to help guests choose what’s best, Adam’s Mountain Cafe has breakfast, lunch, and dinner options like Huevos Rancheros, The Small Plant Burger, and Senegalese Vegetables respectively.
“Ordered a lunch to go before my husband and I headed up the mountain, and, wow! What a find! The To-Go guy was super helpful and you recommendations and the food was amazing! We ordered the crab sandwich and Senegalese vegetables, they were both amazing!! Highly recommend!” -Yelp Review
418 S Tejon St suite 140 | Colorado Springs | toastique.com
For as long as she can remember, Brianna Keefe has been passionate about all things health, fitness, and food. This former D1 athlete learned pretty quickly that having food that’s built on good, wholesome ingredients can really make a difference to your energy levels and moods. And that’s why she’s created Toastique in Downtown Colorado Springs.
Here you’ll find a selection of Gourmet Toast, and a famous option from the toast list is their own version of avocado toast, which is the Avocado Smash, which is avocado with watermelon radish, marinated tomatoes, chili oil, and microgreens on multigrain toast. Besides toast there’s bowls, smoothies, and juices to enjoy.
“Definitely not your average coffee shop! The place was clean and friendly, the food was awesome and unique, and while it was a bit expensive, the food (I got the PB&B Açai bowl) more than made up for it. A recommend for breakfast.” -Google Review
5988 Stetson Hills Blvd | Colorado Springs | fastfitfoodsco.com
With a total of three locations, Fast Fit Foods is here to bring the people of Colorado Springs foods that will taste so good you won’t even notice how healthy it is until you take a look at the nutrition facts. They make single portioned meals which you can select and “make” on their website or in-store, then their talented chefs will make the meals, and after you can get it for pick up or delivery! And if you like their food so much you can start weekly orders. Fast Fit Foods isn’t your typical restaurant, but it’s definitely one you’ll go back to.
“I absolutely love Fast Fit Meals!
It’s super easy to order online and/or pick up on the go.
The meals taste wonderful and the portions are perfect!
I’d highly recommend these meals for everyone.” -Google Review
There you go! Those are a few of our favorite healthy restaurants in Colorado Springs that you can add to your eating routine. Who says healthy eating doesn’t taste good?