With so many amazing midway foods to try this year, getting back into the swing of things can be hard. After 10 days of holidays (because let’s face it – no real work actually gets done during Stampede), it’s hard to get back into eating healthy and achieving those summer bod goals. Although you may still be craving mini donuts and deep fried oreos, it’s time to face reality and get into that post-Stampede detox – life is tough.
That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 9 healthy eats for your detox this week that will help boost your energy, make you more productive, and leave you feeling better overall.
Remember – just because you overdid it last week doesn’t mean you need to hibernate at home.
1. Ten Foot Henry
1209 1st Street SW
The amazing people at Ten Foot Henry have found a miraculous way to bridge the gap between what we should be eating and what we really want to eat. Their menu is 70% vegetable focused and most of their dishes can be easily turned vegan so we can eat all of their delectable dishes without feeling guilty. If you’ve never been, their Tomato dish is a must with herbs, olive oil, whipped feta, and toast. Just don’t blame us when you go back for seconds.
2. Cru Juice
Cru Bridgeland 236 4th Street NE | Cru Mount Royal 816 16th Avenue SW | Cru Southcentre Mall 100 Anderson Road SE | Cru Chinook Mall 6455 Macleod Trail SW | Cru Market Mall 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Flush out the 10 days of Stampede with the clean up Cru. Cru Juice’s 3-day cleanses are a perfect way to reset after the 10 day madness. Plus, they offer raw bites including bars, peanut butter cups, granola, and energy bites in case you need a little more for your pick-me-up.
3. The Main Dish
903 General Ave NE
At The Main Dish, they understand that time is precious. That’s why they exist to cater to our fast-paced and health conscious lives by providing the best alternative to cooking with fresh, healthy, gourmet meals. While you can definitely choose to dine in, take-away selections for those of us in a rush are an option too. If you’re in an even bigger crunch for time and can’t afford to stop in, just order online and they’ll have your meal delivered to you. Easy peasy.
Dirtbelly, the Core 317 7th Avenue SW | Dirtbelly, Market Mall 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Let’s face it, cooking isn’t always easy after a hard day’s work and that’s why Dirtbelly’s quick on-the-go meals are a lifesaver. Their motto is to plant positivity and to keep the good things that come from the ground their focus so you can bet they’ve always got loads of fresh seasonal ingredients in stock. Their Summer menu offers fresh made in-store, from scratch salad scoops, as well as tealadas, cold pressed juices, and breakfast bowls. If you’re in search of a more savoury item, try their Bacos – half bread, half taco served warm and stuffed with flavour + colourful ingredients, crafted with signature fillings, garnished with fresh herbs, and brushed with extra virgin olive oil.
5. Cafe Koi
1011 1st Street SW
At Cafe Koi, they offer a unique Asian-fusion menu that blends the culinary flavours of China, Korea, and Japan. Their menu offers plenty of options for those who prefer gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan dishes and with over 100 pounds of vegetables making its way into their dishes daily, this is sure to be a safe yet delicious stop in your recovery. Menu items include sandwiches, salads, signature bowls, and fun appetizers like duck confit rolls and vegetarian gyozas.
6. The Coup
924 17th Avenue SW
At The Coup, they believe that your body deserves only the best. That’s why their products have been selected based on deep ecological ethics, meaning a large percentage of their ingredients are organic, local, and made from scratch. Their menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, most of which can be made gluten-free or vegan upon request, as well as an incredible cocktail list to boot. Look out for their Mealshare options too. For every Mealshare meal you purchase, a meal is provided to someone in need.
7. Bar C
340 17th Avenue SW
Bar C is a contemporary restaurant and lounge offering a casual atmosphere to unwind after work or to spend the night with old and new friends. Their menu is bursting with healthy choices including grilled asparagus, mushroom & sweet pea risotto, and charcuterie for days. They open at 4 pm from Monday to Friday, but come early on the weekends – their brunch is spot-on.
8. Sushi Bar Zipang
1010 1st Avenue NE
Sushi Bar Zipang makes healthy date nights easy with their incredible menu. From fresh sushi and sashimi to traditional cooked Japanese cuisine, they’ve truly got it all. While you’ll often find patrons ordering from their extensive sashimi list in this local Bridgeland favourite, you’ll also want to try their tantalizing appetizers. To keep it on the lighter side of things, try the Sunomono with your choice of prawn, octopus, or surf clam, or the sauteed chicken yakitori in teriyaki sauce.
9. Wise & Wright
163, 317 7th Avenue SW
Wise & Wright may be one of the newest restaurants to hit the local YYC scene, but don’t let that fool you – their food is no joke. Based on the philosophy that food should be made with natural, wholesome ingredients that taste delicious, their menu consists of just that. With breakfast sandwiches, waffles, superfood lunch bowls, and local yogurts, to choose from, Wise & Wright is sure to become a new local favourite. They also offer cold pressed juice made with the freshest ingredients and coconut-filtered water, bottled in house. Check out their smoothie program too, with a variety of tasty blends designed for fitness appealing to the health conscious lifestyles.