2018 will be here before you know it, and that means the barrage of "New Year, New Me" posts will be flooding social media.
We're not knocking starting off 2018 with positive goals, we'll just be liking your progress pics on Instagram while we enjoy some pizza.
If you're ready to hop on the New Year's Resolutions train and want to have a healthy start to the new year, the first place to start is with the food you eat.
While the best way to start eating healthy is to cook your own food, but let's be honest, sometimes you just don't feel like doing dishes. To help you stick to your New Year's Resolutions, we put together a list of healthy restaurants in Columbus.
Focusing on locally grown, certified organic food, Northstar Café is a Columbus favorite. All food on the menu is local, organic and sustainable, and many of them are naturally gluten-free. Dishes are made-to-order, and there are a ton of vegan and vegetarian options.
Northstar supports non-profits like the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and the Ohio Environment Council. They have numerous vegan options and a veggie burger that is downright magical and will delight even the most die-hard meat eaters.
You can find Northstar Cafe in Beechwold, Easton Town Center, Liberty Center, Short North, and Westerville.
2. Market 65
Salads are obviously the poster-child of a healthy meal, but can sometimes leave you wanting more food, which kind of defeats the point of a "diet".
So, if you're looking for a salad that won’t leave your stomach growling, Market 65’s salads and salad wraps are perfect. Plus, they're completely locally-sourced from Gerber Poultry, Green Edge Gardens, Stan Evan’s Bakery, and more.
A salad from Market 65 will run you around $10, but you're basically paying for two servings (I've never been able to finish one in one sitting). You can order any of their pre-made salads, or you can build your own and choose any toppings/proteins/dressings that you want.
Market 65 is in the heart of Downtown Columbus and has a grab-and-go style of ordering, so it's perfect for a quick lunch run.
A newer addition to Columbus, TRISM is a fast-casual eatery, bar, and event space. By day, they serve beautifully constructed smoothie bowls and hot rice bowls, homemade pop tarts, sandwiches, and more. By night, they offer carefully curated cocktails and innovative entertainment.
TRISM has live music, art shows, yoga classes, and more. This is more than just one of many healthy restaurants in Columbus, TRISM is an all-in-one space that is redefining events, and serving up healthy food and drinks while they're at it.
You can check out this unique eatery on High Street on the south end of OSU's Campus.
Portia’s Cafe's mission is to provide healthful, sustainable food for a variety of dietary lifestyles and restrictions. The entire menu is vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, and (for the most part) organic and locally-sourced. There are also tons of raw food options.
It doesn't get much healthier than Portia's and they do a great job of making healthy, plant-based food taste amazing.
Swing by this Clintonville restaurant to see what the hype is all about.
There really is something for everyone at Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe. This restaurant strives to serve wholesome food in an original way.
Not to be mistaken with the slew of trendy juice bars around town, Alchemy has a registered dietitian at the helm. They serve sweet and savory toasts, bowls, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices; all made from clean and natural ingredients.
Tucked under the Fitness Loft off Parsons Avenue, Alchemy is the perfect place to refuel after a workout or just grab lunch on any day of the week.
Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen is a neighborhood friendly scratch kitchen that believes in quality, clean, and thoughtfully prepared food.
One of the stand-out features of Harvest Moon is the menu, which offers vegetarian options as well as meats like Bison and Elk.
They use locally sourced products from local partners like Orlando’s Bakery, Honey Run Farms, Rost Coffee, etc. Harvest Moon also supports local distilleries and only offers Ohio based breweries on tap.
Nestled in downtown Canal Winchester, this craft kitchen is the perfect place to grab drinks, a delicious and healthy meal, and catch some live music Thursday-Saturday.
If you are all about supporting local businesses, visit Acre. Acre has a wide-variety of food, all made fresh daily with the finest ingredients. Farm-to-table is the motto at Acre, and you can feel good knowing your food is organic, made from scratch, and locally sourced as much as possible.
From Thai to Mexican and more, the diverse menu has something for everyone, no matter what you're craving. Acre also offers an array of craft brews, smoothies, artisan sodas, and other drinks like the NOLA coffee and iced coconut chai.
This hidden gem with a full menu can be found in Clintonville and Grandview.
Is your mouth watering yet? Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring or bland, and these healthy restaurants in Columbus prove that. So, get out there and kick your New Year's Resolutions in the butt and celebrate the fact that you don't have to live on kale chips (unless you're into that sort of thing).