A new year, a new you. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, be more active, or strengthen your immune system so you can fight off covid, your diet and nutrition has to be a big part of your plan. Each person’s body has processes food differently, so you should probably do your research before drastically changing what you eat, but it seems that minimizing added sugars, processed foods, and preservatives work for most people. Fortunately, some local shops are restaurants are here to support you. Here are some Kansas City eating establishments that prioritize health and wellness.
With two locations, one in Overland Park and one in Crown Center, you can bet you’re never more than fifteen minutes away from food that makes you feel great and live healthier. They boast honest, clean food with natural ingredients from local farmers. Tacos, chili, rice noodles, quesadillas, and salads—all with meat or vegetarian options, loaded with vegetables. And best of all, for your taste buds and probably not for your waistline, mouthwatering concretes with creamy custard and lots of add-ins. I forgot to mention the juices and smoothies! Better just get there and check it out…
Heirloom Bakery & Hearth
Right in Brookside, at 63rd and Oak, Heirloom’s parking lot is almost always hopping, so aim to go at an off-time. Yes, lattes and mochas and cappuccinos and pastries and sweets, but also salads and egg breakfasts and fruit and hearty sandwiches and soups to keep you full without adding on the pounds.
Vegan comfort food? I don’t understand… But it’s true. Mac and cheese, brisket, cinnamon rolls, and breakfast burritos. Founded by two sisters who were struggling to satisfy their born-again vegan diet in a BBQ town, Mattie’s Foods even has a food truck and a Mattie’s Vegan Queso that they sell in real stores.
Pirate’s Bone Burgers
A restaurant with “burger” in its name probably doesn’t sound like it’d have a plant-based menu, but it does. Burgers, cheeseburgers, buffalo chicken burgers, and chicken nuggets—all vegan, of course. Plus add-ons, fries, and best of all, condiments, ranging from ketchup to avocado spread to bang-bang sauce. It’s not cheap, but the more plants the better, so it sounds like it’s worth it.
Four locations—The Plaza, Lawrence, Leawood, and 80th and Stateline. But with loads of options to fuel your body, from gluten free to smoothies and juices to real food to that perfectly blended tea. Salads, egg scrambles, meal bowls loaded with veggies and proteins, protein shakes, and cleanse packages. Which sounds perfect if you’re looking to shock your body!
A good old standby, The Mixx never disappoints. Sandwiches and salads and soups that allow you to feed any craving. If I want something heavy and indulgent, I can grap the Classic Blue sandwich or the Pretzel Chicken Sando with a side of chips. Or I can opt for the Mediterranean Veggie Wrap or one of the lighter salads, like the Rocket. And I haven’t even tried any of the quinoa bowls yet, but I’m confident that I could never take a wrong turn at The Mixx! Two locations are now open: at Country Club Plaza, right across from the library, and at 119th and Row in Hawthorne Plaza.
At 31st and Cherry, you can get vegan meals like nachos with cashew queso, a chimichanga with jackfruit, or a veggie breakfast bowl with tofu or Portobello. Or you can opt for some sausage gravy, chicken, and even bacon. Either way, it all sounds delicious!
Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse
When a first location across from KU Med become popular and successful after a few years, the owners of Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse opened a second location in Overland Park. And just like it’s name, it’s totally vegan. Tofu breakfast sandwiches, scones, muffins, cakes, donuts, and pop tarts, and so much more. And the list of teas and coffees is simply overwhelming! And best of all, each item you order is a new, flavorful way to pack some nutrition into your body.
Dead Beet Eats
And if you have a hankering for vegan hot dogs and the means to travel around town, check out Dead Beet Eats, a pop-up show that serves vegan street food like tacos and hot dogs, but also rewards the sweet tooth with cookies and cupcakes.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh