It’s a new year, which means many people are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stick to New Year’s resolutions.
For some people, it’s about losing weight, while others just want to eat more wholesome foods and increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. Many people may also be trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best healthy restaurants in Buffalo and Western New York. You won’t have to feel guilty about eating at any of these restaurants — they make it easy and enjoyable to stick to your health goals this new year by serving meals that are both nutritious and delicious.
Best Healthy Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY
Fresh Catch Poke Co. – With locations on Main Street in Williamsville and in Downtown Buffalo in the 500 Pearl and Aloft Hotel building, Fresh Catch Poke Co. may be the healthiest lunch or dinner option in the Buffalo region. Forget wings and sandwiches and try Fresh Catch’s poke bowls topped with some of the freshest fish in the city. Poke bowls, a traditional Hawaiian dish, have exploded in popularity over the last few years in large part due to their fantastic nutritional profile. Most bowls start with a base layer of jasmine rice and are topped with sushi-grade fish (most commonly raw ahi tuna) along with a combination of scallions, sesame seeds, soy sauce and veggies. Packed with superfoods, a poke bowl is an ideal meal if you’re looking to limit calories and maximize nutrition.
Fresh Catch sources their fresh fish for their bowls from Hawaii, Boston and the Faroe Islands, and they only work with sustainable, eco-friendly partners. The produce they use is locally sourced, so it’s some of the freshest available. Their Aloha Bowl, made with ahi tuna, bamboo rice, seaweed salad, green onion, carrots, watermelon radish, ginger, fried onions, sesame seeds and sesame shoyu, is their most traditional bowl, but they also offer a variety of other types of fish, such as shrimp and salmon, as well as chicken and tofu if you’re looking for a non-traditional (but still yummy) bowl customized to your tastes. Their Salmo Bowl, made with Faroe Island salmon, jasmine rice, edamame, cucumbers, bean sprouts, jalapenos, tobiko, sesame seeds and ponzu, is a protein powerhouse, while their Green Bowl made with tofu, bamboo rice, edamame, carrots, broccoli, wasabi peas, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and wasabi yuzu is a fantastic, low-calorie vegan option.
The Healthy Scratch – Located downtown in the Harborcenter, The Healthy Scratch is a great place for a nutritious, filling lunch or snack before a downtown event. They offer a variety of made-to-order smoothies and bowls, nourishing salads, light toasts and sandwiches. The Spicy Avocado toast is a tasty vegetarian option, while the turkey cranberry almond wrap will satisfy meat-eaters trying to limit their carbs. If you’re looking for something to help kickstart your healthful lifestyle, be sure to also check out their juice cleanse programs. Their “Loving Life Cleanse” is a three-day program which features three juices and three smoothies to be consumed each day throughout the duration of the cleanse. The cleanse is designed to improve exercise recovery and help your body reach optimal health.
Squeeze Juicery – Don’t let the name fool you — Squeeze Juicery is more than your average juice spot. From fresh juices, açaí bowls and wraps to salads, smoothies and wellness shots, Squeeze is the go-to place for healthy food in Buffalo. Their flavorful concoctions make it easy to get your fruits and veggies in, and their grab and go selections are perfect for a quick work lunch. With locations on Elmwood Ave. and in Williamsville, it’s convenient to pop in and grab a smoothie and a salad while you’re on the go. Be sure to try the popular “Sweet Jane” smoothie, made with spinach, kale, avocado, banana, coconut, lemon, almond Milk, chia and flax. If you’re looking for an immune boost, their “Bad to the Bone” wellness shot made with lemon, ginger and wheatgrass is the ideal pick-me-up.
North Buffalo/Amherst/Niagara Falls
CoreLife Eatery – Eating clean is simple and satisfying at CoreLife Eatery. With locations in Amherst, Clarence and Hamburg, you can grab a healthy lunch or dinner after going shopping in the suburbs. CoreLife is known for its GMO-free, organic meats and vegetables, along with their gluten-free and low-calorie options. They offer a variety of specialty bowls with greens and/or grains as a base, topped with antibiotic-free chicken or pork, roasted tofu or grass-fed steak and various fresh vegetables, nuts and healthy dressings. Depending on your dietary preferences and restrictions, you can customize your bowl to serve your needs and tastes. Their popular purple rice bowls feature unique combinations of toppings that will make you feel like you’re cheating on your diet while still keeping calories and fat low.
Try the BBQ Pork Korean Bowl, featuring BBQ pork, purple rice, napa cabbage, cucumbers, kimchi, spicy sprouts, carrots, spicy broccoli, a fried egg and Korean BBQ sauce for a zesty option. If you’re looking for a high-protein meal, the broth bowls are fantastic for warming up and filling up on a freezing Buffalo winter day. The Spicy Ginger Steak and Rice Noodle bowl will certainly get your blood pumping–it features beef broth, grass-fed tri tip steak, spicy thai rice noodles, shredded kale, spicy broccoli, carrots, scallions, sliced almonds, ginger, cilantro and Sriracha hot sauce.
Amy’s Place – For over 40 years, Amy’s Place has been serving up some of the best healthy and affordable food in the city. The Main Street staple, popular with University at Buffalo students, is known for its fair prices, filling meals and vegan and vegetarian options. Start your day with a fresh tofu scramble with homefries and toast, or try their iconic lentil-berry sandwich for lunch–this filling, fiber-packed wrap will satisfy even the most committed meat eaters. Amy’s also has a large vegan menu full of healthy takes on Buffalo classics, including vegan wings made of seitan, a wheat-based protein, served with vegan blue cheese; a vegan “gyro” served with garlic spread in a pita; and vegan “beef” on weck served with horseradish and au jus on a kimmelweck roll.
Power City Eatery – In the mood for a sandwich, but don’t want to feel heavy and sluggish after? Power City Eatery, located on 3rd Ave. in Niagara Falls, NY, is definitely worth a visit for an affordable, light breakfast or lunch before visiting the Falls. The vast majority of the breads, spreads and salads Power City serves are homemade, and meats for their deli sandwiches are cured in-house, so you know you’re always getting the freshest, tastiest food possible. Stop in and try their Veggie Scrambled Sandwich to start your day on a healthy note, or come for lunch and try their garden-fresh PCE Salad, made with homegrown mesclun greens, seasonal vegetables, shaved almonds and house herbed vinaigrette. The hummus and red pepper sandwich, made with house-made hummus, roasted red peppers, mesclun greens, caramelized onions, roasted tomato-jalapeno spread, and house-made sourdough, is another savory vegetarian choice for a light lunch.
What are your favorite healthy restaurants around Buffalo and Western New York? Let us know in the comments.