Los Angeles is extremely vegan friendly, which means that it’s easy to find healthy plant-based food whether you are a vegan or not. While I was there I searched for 5 great places to eat plants in there whole form, which means no meat substitutes (Except tofu). When I eat out I’m less strict about the no oil thing, because this is rarely seen in restaurants, and to me it’s a priority that eating out is easy and convenient if possible. In a huge city like L.A. I don’t have time to drive around for specific restaurants if I want to sightsee as well.

I want to plan my meals based on where I am, and not my activities based on where I want to eat. But I do still prefer to find healthy food options based around whole plants.  Eating this way will keep my energized to do all the activities I want to do during my vacation. My strategy was to locate a restaurant nearby on HappyCow with great reviews. These are the 5 restaurants I picked out for this article:

1: SimplySalad:

SimplySalad has 4 locations in Los Angeles. I found this one on San Vincente Boulevard. The salad is freshly made and super delicious. You can mix your own salad or you can choose one from the menu. I chose the one from the menu called “Earthy, Nutty, Crunchy”. This was the only plant-based salad they had, but it was super delicious. The salad contained: Green leaves, tofu, beets, edamame, artichoke hearts, sunflower seeds, croutons and corn. As the dressing, I could choose between tahini dressing and pomegranate vinaigrette. I chose tahini dressing. The pomegranate vinaigrette was listed as fat-free, so it might actually be oil-free.

Urban Ramen:
Urban Ramen is a chain and it’s located several places in L.A (and Detroit). I found this one on Sunset Boulevard. I went in there and they had 3 vegan options with veggie broth and plants in there whole form. The noodles weren’t whole grain, but like I mentioned earlier I don’t mind compromising a little when I go out to eat, as long as it’s still freshly made and full of veggies. I had the maitake vegan ramen. The broth had so much umami flavor as filling it had homemade noodles, maitake mushroom, chinese broccoli, green onion and garlic. It was very delicious, fresh and crunchy. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy ramen. Veggie Grill:
Veggie Grill isn’t an obvious place to eat healthy, since it’s a junk food place. But they do have healthy options. I chose the savory kale caesar salad. They also have several other salad options. Veggie grill is also a chain restaurant located several places in L.A. This one is on Wilshire Street close to Santa Monica.
Acai Nation: This was the best breakfast café I found even though the portions were a bit to large for me. But it was very delicious. They had a variety of smoothies and acai bowls. I choose and Acai bowl with fruit, granola, cacao nibs and almond butter topping.
This was a 100% plant-based restaurant and they had a variety of dishes from healthy raw food dishes to greasy burgers. I had the kelp noodle with raw pesto ! It was very flavorful, and cafe Gratitude is highly recommendable.
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