Literally speaking, you are what you eat, which explains the typical autotrophic bacteria's spiraling descent into existential identity crisis and eventual motorcycle purchase. Give your body the fuel to fire up well-adjusted cells with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $13 worth of health-conscious cuisine at HealthFare Restaurant, with locations on Jasper Avenue downtown and on 23 Avenue on the south side.
HealthFare Restaurant began as a response to the lack of healthy quick-service eating options, and it evolved into an environmentally friendly business with a nutritionally dense menu, thanks to on-staff registered dieticians. Mains include the Health Fare Club, weighing in at 511 calories and consisting of turkey bacon, sliced turkey, creamy avocado, vine ripened tomatoes, and crisp lettuce ($8.99). The Mediterranean vegetables with herbed goat cheese sandwich traps charred zucchini, sweet peppers, eggplant, and onion within the happy confines of a multigrain bun ($8.99), and the orange beef rice bowl sticks slices of Alberta striploin atop organic brown rice, Asian stir-fry veggies, and a ginger soy sauce ($8.99). Fight against the dark magic of the deep fryer and opt instead for the baked sweet-potato skinny fries ($3.99) or the warm edamame beans sprinkled with salt and lime ($3.99). Breakfast bites such as steel-cut oatmeal with flax seed ($2.99), a fruit and yoghurt parfait ($3.99), and an egg-white sandwich ($5.99) will quell morning hunger pangs and help you stock up on day fuel, unlike ephemeral, trash-talking donuts.
Behind HealthFare's sleek wooden tables, fun light fixtures, and clean chairs is a conscious effort to create an environmentally friendly space. Recycled plastic, wood, and aluminum, along with energy-saving light bulbs, contribute to light-hearted décor while simultaneously making a statement about what is possible when it comes to going green, sans facial reconstructive surgery to look like Kermit. The take-out materials are biodegradable, and a hybrid vehicle is used to deliver all catering orders.
HealthFare Restaurant received some great video press along with a review on Eating is the Hard Part. Five Yelpers give the south-side location 3.5 stars on average, and four Facebookers give it five stars:
- The soup was fantastic. While it’s easy for carrots to retain some bite, I loved that the lentils were al dente and hadn’t turned to complete mush. The flavour profile was based on curry, and it was bright without any heat. Solid staff recommendation. – Chris, Eating is the Hard Part
- What a treat -- yummy food without the guilt!! – Anna O., Facebook