Thai Avocado Medjool
OLA JUICE BAR
27 E. Kiowa, 633-3111, website
You’ll feel guilty drinking this smoothie ($7), but don’t. It may taste like a vanilla milkshake but it’s packed with a mouthful of healthy ingredients: avocado, cashews, dates, lemongrass, vanilla, coconut milk, coconut water and raw agave. This smoothie makes a great meal on the go, too. If the Thai Avocado isn’t enough, try the quinoa bowl with the spicy peanut sauce. Packed with protein and detoxing greens. $7.75
Very Veggie Burger
POOR RICHARD’S RESTAURANT
322 N. Tejon St., 578-5549, website
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to crave this burger. The very veggie burger is packed with flavor. The patties are homemade from sautéed vegetables, brown rice, Japanese bread crumbs and spices. It’s topped with avocado, cucumbers and scallions and served on a multi-grain bun, French rye, gluten-free bread or whole-wheat wrap. $8.25
Vegan Veggies on Quinoa
SEEDS COMMUNITY CAFÉ
109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 473-8206, website
The concept of Seeds Community Café is a healthy one. It’s a donation-based restaurant providing good-for-you meals accessible to everyone. If you can’t afford a meal, volunteer for an hour. Seeds uses local produce whenever possible, too.
My favorite meal: vegan veggies on quinoa. Fresh vegetables are sautéed in coconut oil, poured over red quinoa and topped with hemp seeds. Seasonal veggies — such as onions, celery, beets, carrots, green beans, garlic, asparagus, pepper and mushrooms — make for a delicious dish. Average donation, with dessert, is $8-$12.
ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFE
26 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430, website
Adam’s prides itself on fresh, organic meals that can accommodate the dietary needs of almost anyone. Seventy percent of the menu is vegetarian and 20 percent vegan. You won’t find a soda on the menu either. The salmon omelet is made with house-smoked, organic salmon with cream cheese, capers, scallions and dill inside three eggs. It’s served with Great Harvest high-fiber toast and a slice of orange. $10.75.
Sold in local businesses such as Local First Grocer in Manitou Springs, Mountain Momma Natural Foods, Ranch Food Direct and Ola Juice Bar; website
Chocolate that’s good for you? Sounds like I died and went to heaven. This treat made from raw cacao beans — without sugar, milk, or vegetable fat — tastes as good or even better than its evil twin. The raw cacao, almonds and coconut oil are super foods — good for your heart, immune system and cholesterol. Who said dessert can’t be good for you? $4.95.