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Healthy eating in Los Angeles

A healthy lifestyle is as much a part of Los Angeles as the Oscars, sunshine and funny license plates. Here, locals discuss their avocado-to-toast ratio effortlessly and swapped regular butter for ghee long before the rest of the world even knew what it meant. Here's our guide to clean eating in LA.

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Honey Hi

Opened by two friends, Kacie Carter and Caitlin Sullivan, just over a year ago, this Echo Park hotspot has quickly become a favorite for Angelinos looking for fun, nutritious food, free from gluten, refined sugar and GMOs. The owners don't adhere to any specific food discipline, focusing instead on what they call "health-minded comfort food" - nourishing, organic ingredients that make you feel good. This might include kale, spinach and spirulina - but also bacon and butter. Honey Hi's bestseller is the breakfast bowl, made with organic greens, sweet potato hash, Niman Ranch bacon, a turmeric poached pastured egg, avocado and fresh herbs. The matcha latte, made with almond and pumpkin seed milk, is another star.

Honey Hi

1620 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

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The Butcher's Daughter

This all-day café and juice bar, where guests sit around a large communal table, has something for everyone – except carnivores. The chefs use local produce to create colorful dishes like acai bowls, vegetarian burgers, and salads with squash, pistachio, tangerine and quinoa. And if you're looking for something more sinful, go for the kale drinks and stone oven pizzas - with vegetarian toppings, of course. The Butcher's Daughter's take on healthy living also includes green design and beauty products, which are sold in their in-house store.

The Butcher's Daughter

1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles

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Wild Living Foods

Husband and wife team Richard Torres and Lizbeth Sanchez run this casual, plant-based restaurant in the heart of downtown Los Angeles - an area where healthy eateries are not as common as in many other parts of the city. There are plant-based versions of pad thai, burritos, burgers and sushi, as well as an impressive selection of cold-pressed juices, medicinal herb salads, warm elixirs, smoothies and gelato. All entrées are prepared under 118°F to keep their vital nutrients and enzymes intact. And, to top it off, all items are gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free.

Wild Living Foods

760 S Main Street, Los Angeles

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Halo Top Scoop Shop

Can ice cream be healthy? Probably not. But it can contain less calories and still taste (almost) like the real thing. Halo Top's ice cream contains as little as 60 calories per container, compared with 250 in traditional ice cream. With its almost guilt-free offering, it quickly became America's favorite cold treat and the country's best-selling ice cream last summer. Last November, the company opened its first ice cream parlor in the Westfield Topanga Mall. Flavors like cinnamon roll, red velvet and caramel macchiato are sold by the scoop. Or opt for their very own version of soft serve, served on top of a vegan or high-protein cookie.

Halo Top Scoop Shop

Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon

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Café Gratitude

While cocktails might not strictly be part of a healthy nutritional regime for your body, they do sometimes work wonders with the mind. At this restaurant and bar, the alcohol is mixed with stuff that makes it sound like it's almost good for you. Try the Spa Water, with gin, lime, mint, absinthe and green chlorophyll espuma, or the Supplement Aisle, with vodka, probiotic coconut yoghurt, açai, blueberry, cucumber rind, kiwi and mint.

Café Gratitude

419 N Canon Drive, Los Angeles

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Last edited: February 21, 2018

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