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Healthy Eating in Johannesburg: Touring Nourishing Eateries

Come along to discover the vibrant culinary scene of Johannesburg with this guide to healthy eateries. From farm-to-table delights to nourishing vegan havens. Let’s embark on a wholesome food journey in the heart of South Africa’s bustling city, Johannesburg.

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1. The Fussy Vegan in Greenside

Have a tasty vegan dish at the Fussy Vegan in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Greenside by itself just sounds like a healthy area but trust me, The Fussy Vegan is the healthy eatery you don’t want to miss. Here, you get to indulge in amazing everyday “junk food” without the guilt. All their meals are inspired by popular “takeaways” like burgers, burritos, and even bagels. However, everything that’s available to order is 100% vegan and gluten-free. Also, they’ve added a little bit of spice by offering traditional Mexican dishes.

Try their Mexican Bowls and experience a flavourful explosion with every bite. And as I mentioned before, it’s all the goodness minus the guilt. Additionally, they also offer chilled options for the warmer days. Choose between a poke bowl or a chilled Mexican bowl to satisfy that craving. Then, for dessert, enjoy a bowl of tasty plant-based ice cream. You never miss out on anything when you visit The Fussy Vegan.

2. The Green Room in Greenside

Have a delicious meal at the Green Room in Johannesburg, South Africa
Image: The Green Room, 2023

Sticking to the “green” theme, this restaurant is a must-visit! The Green Room is a family-style restaurant situated at the Pirates Sports Club in Greenside, Johannesburg. Moreover, this restaurant is known for its breakfast and lunch offerings. Essentially, you can be sure that you will eat simple great food and drink excellent coffee in a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful indoor and garden seating overlooking the bowling greens. Not only is their food healthy but they’re also a dog-friendly location!

Start your visit with freshly pressed green or orange juice or perhaps a berry, mango, or peanut and cocoa smoothy. Along with all the usual warm and cold drinks they also offer kombucha for some great probiotics. When I tell you the breakfast and lunch menu seems endless, I’m not overreacting. Choose between vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or wholesome options. Of course, after your tasty nutritious meal, treat yourself to one of their delectable yet healthy desserts. How could you not end your meal with a dessert? You can’t, I don’t make the rules.

3. Lexi’s Healthy Eatery in Rosebank

Enjoy a healthy meal at Lexi's Healthy Eatery in Rosebank, Johannesburg
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The perfect blend of both healthy tasty, food and cute, café aesthetics is exactly what you’ll find at Lexi’s Healthy Eatery. For all your plant-based cravings, this healthy eatery is your next stop. Interestingly, Lexi, the founder of Lexi’s Healthy Eatery started out as a designer. Eventually, moving her way up the advertising ladder and then moving over to a marketing management position in a corporate financial news agency. She soon realised a life behind a desk was not for her and she started working on a sneaky strategy to move into the food industry. With her background in design and marketing, I’m sure you believe me when I say this is one of the most stunning restaurants I’ve seen.

The menu is made up of breakfast, bowls, burgers, wraps, and main meals. In addition to many food options, the menu cleverly guides the customer regarding which meals contain gluten and refined sugars. All the milk Lexi uses is plant-based and included in the price. Making healthy eating and drinking accessible and easy for anyone, even newbies.

4. The Greenside Café in Greenside

Have a nice meal in The Greenside Café in Johannesburg
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Even though The Greenside Café serves only vegetarian and vegan food, it’s definitely capable of seducing even meat eaters with its tasty, plant-based food. They offer pizzas with sourdough or gluten-free bases which are all homemade. Plus, pasta with spaghetti or tofu ribbon options, wraps, wholewheat, nori seaweed and gluten-free, and yummy, healthy desserts. Of course, there are breakfast options too. Perhaps, try out the full English breakfast, which includes scrambled tofu, vegan bacon, carrots and beets.

Lastly, there is a very laid-back and simple vibe with their furnishing choices. The simplistic decor is accompanied by fun quotes around the cafe that keeps you occupied while you wait for your food. For example, “Where the grass is greener”. Get it? Because vegans eat grass. I’m just kidding!

5. Let’s Veg in Randburg

Have some healthy junk food at Let's Veg in Johannesburg
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Let’s Veg is a popular and trendy vegan takeaway spot situated in Randburg, Johannesburg. As the name suggests, all meals that are prepared at Let’s Veg are 100% vegan and vegetarian. Essentially, their mission is to serve guilt-free, good-for-you junk food that satisfies your cravings while nourishing your body. However, don’t group Let’s Veg with your traditional vegan and vegetarian meals.

Their meals are presented and prepared in a good “takeaway” fashion. Order a burrito or some tacos with a side of fries. I know, it sounds too good to be true. But trust me, it’s true. Of course, they also serve the best vegan burgers, because, what would a takeaway restaurant be without burgers? Get your healthy alternative to junk food at Let’s Veg without waiting for it. Their service along with their motto is getting your food fast and of the best quality.

Kale Yeah! Embrace a Greener, Healthier You

Johannesburg’s healthy eateries offer a tantalising array of delicious and nourishing options. Whether you’re a vegan, a lover of farm-fresh produce, or simply seeking a wholesome dining experience, this city has something to satisfy every health-conscious palate. For more wholesome goodness, check out some healthy restaurants in Cape Town. And as always, thank you so much for being here!

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