Created as a result of owner Alli’s quest for natural gut-healing food, Blake Orchard is a plant-based juice and smoothie bar on Forest Ave. that takes superfoods seriously. Beginning with a base of organic, housemade almond, cashew, or coconut mylk, Blake Orchard’s smoothies and bowls come in delectable flavors like Lemon Bar, Orange Creamsicle, and Chocolate Nut.
Latin for “honeycomb,” CERA is a Portland sandwich and salad shop whose primary mission is to help save the bees while serving up clean, craveable eats (a portion of net profits are donated to support the preservation of bee habitats).
With locations in both Portland and Brunswick, Bay Bowls is our go-to spot for creamy pitaya bowls topped with tropical fruit, coconut flakes, and Maine’s own Grandy Organics granola.
Whether you’re in the mood for avocado toast, a classic smoothie, or some organic super juice (the Liquid Sunshine with spinach, kale, apple, cucumber, carrot, and ginger is a fan-favorite), The Juicery’s Old Port location is a must-visit for healthy eaters.
At Green Elephant, Portland’s favorite vegetarian bistro, chef and owner Dan Sriprasert cooks up an array of Asian-inspired dishes that will make you forget meat even exists. Most of the menu is inherently vegan, and many options are also gluten-free.
The Grateful Cup
Searching for healthy eats off the peninsula? The Grateful Cup, founded by the team behind Float Harder Relaxation Center in East Deering, offers a full menu of smoothies and wellness shots, plus rotating soups, a handful of salads, and fruity CBD spritzes.
The brick-and-mortar sister to local food truck Falafel Mafia, Nura is a hummus and falafel bar in Monument Square perfect for weekday lunches and midday snacking. Don’t miss the Mushroom Shawarma Pocket, stuffed to the brim with hummus, veggies, and roasted oyster mushrooms, or the classic Falafel Salad bowl topped with crunchy radish, endive, and tahini. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, the vegan shawarma-dusted fries are to-die-for!
Whether you’re ready for breakfast, lunch, or a happy hour snack, LB Kitchen’s cafe menu is stacked with filling, good-for-you sandwiches and toasts, bowls, and functional beverages. Our favorites? For breakfast, try the Sassy & Savory gluten-free oats topped with a jammy egg and sauteed greens; for lunch, order the Mexican-inspired Community Bowl ($1 from each bowl is donated to Maine Needs, page TK); and if you’re on-the-go, grab a Blue Chai or some Liquid Gold Bone Broth to take home.