In today’s fast-paced society, health-conscious individuals don’t always have time to prepare balanced and tasty meals at home. As the demand for healthy, fast and affordable food increases, restaurants are going out of their way to meet the needs of consumers. Nearly all chain restaurants have added healthy options to their menus, and local eateries are increasingly catering to conscious diners. Take a look at our tops picks for healthy eating on the go in Indianapolis.
Public Greens, a self-proclaimed “urban kitchen with a mission,” is a farm-to-table eatery with a menu ranging from soups and salads to curry chicken and grilled steak. The restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free option to satisfy diners dietary needs. The Broad Ripple establishment is conveniently located near the Monon Trail, making it a perfect dining option for hikers and bikers on the go, and its newest location inside of The Fashion Mall at Keystone makes healthy eating accessible to busy shoppers. If delicious, healthy food sourced from local farms is not enough motivation to give Public Greens a try, consider the fact that 100 percent of the companies profits go to The Patachou Foundation, which serves healthy meals to food-insecure children in the community.
Broad Ripple, 902 E 64th St. Indianapolis, IN 46220
Fashion Mall, 8702 Keystone Crossing Indianapolis, IN 46240
The savory food served at Three Carrots will make the most dedicated carnivore rethink their limited notions of what vegan or vegetarian food can taste like. This eatery wide selection of dishes includes BBQ smoked tofu served on mac and cheese and tacos served alongside guacamole and brown rice. Some of their options are classic dishes turned vegan, such as a Po’ Boy inspired dish called Tofu Rich Girl. Most intriguing is their brunch menu, which includes sweet waffles, avocado toast, and sweet potato hash and much more. Three carrots have two locations one in City Market and Fountain Square – so you can eat on the go or dine in.
City Market, 222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fountain Square, 920 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
With internationally inspired dishes made from local and organic ingredients, SoBro Cafe, located just south of Broad Ripple, will please your taste buds and your diet. The menu caters to conscious meat eaters as well as vegans and vegetarians. Options include shrimp, steak, salads, bison and veggie burgers, chicken cordon bleu and salmon. Do not leave without trying the Bhota Chai. It is the owner’s special recipe and one of their most popular drinks on the menu. SoBro Cafe offers to carry out during all hours of operation to assist diners on the go.
Broad Ripple, 653 E. 52nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46220
Feed your sweet tooth the healthy way at the Healthy Food Cafe. Located on Indy’s south side, this cafe serves naturally-flavored and delicious smoothies and shakes. Flavors include Berry Berry Good, a blend of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, and vanilla whey protein, and the Banana Nut Blast, made from milk, peanut butter, banana, and vanilla whey protein. If you’re looking for something heavier than a smoothie, try the organic stir “grill” bowls made with local and organic vegetables, or salads, wraps, tacos, and more – available vegetarian or vegan. If you’re on the go, order take out directly from their website.
South Side, 8028 s Emerson Ave Ste F, Indianapolis, IN 46237
Whether you choose to visit a brick and mortar location or catch a bite at the restaurant’s mobile food truck, you are sure to be impressed by Dous reasonably priced healthy and delicious food. The menu ranges from a variety of soups and salads to salmon and stuffed pork chop. The best thing about this restaurant is that one of its branches is located inside of Eskenazi Hospital, allowing patients, employees, and visitors a chance to grab a bite.
Downtown Indy, 2960 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Downtown Indy, (Eskenazi Hospital), 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202
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