Top 15 Healthy Eats

Top 15 Healthy Eats

By Hannah Carroll
Wednesday, Jun 29 2016

Looking to enjoy some local dishes that lean toward the lighter side? Look no further—Hannah Carroll from the blog Goodness Gracious has gotcha covered. She'll be the first to tell you that Nashville is chock-full of tasty foods waiting to be devoured, guilt free. Who said healthy had to be boring?

Eat Right & Eat. Right. Now.

Crave Caribbean at Calypso Cafe (100 Oaks) at Calypso Cafe 100 Oaks
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Calypso Cafe

This affordable restaurant has been serving healthy options to Nashvillians for over 25 years. And according to our friends at Nashville Scene, it holds the title of Best Cheap Eats AND Best Takeout. Now that's a killer combo!

Crave Caribbean at Calypso Cafe (100 Oaks)
$   .  Calypso Cafe 100 Oaks   .  Nashville
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Veggie Delight at The Wild Cow at The Wild Cow
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The Wild Cow

Head over to The Wild Cow for some healthy, vegetarian fare—sans cow, of course! Menu favorites include the sweet potato tacos, chickpea salad and the veggie burger.

Veggie Delight at The Wild Cow
$   .  The Wild Cow   .  Nashville
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Have a Bombastic Meal at Bombay Palace at Bombay Palace Restaurant
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Bombay Palace

If you're a fan of Indian Cuisine, you've got to check out Bombay Palace. It's conveniently located on West End, and its variety of health-conscious options will leave you satisfied without the guilt.

Have a Bombastic Meal at Bombay Palace
$$   .  Bombay Palace Restaurant   .  Nashville
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Find a Germantown Gem at Steadfast Coffee at Steadfast Coffee
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Steadfast Coffee

Don't let the name fool you—this gem of a coffee shop has fabulous food too. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner and dig in to granola, a roasted vegetable salad or seared trout.

Find a Germantown Gem at Steadfast Coffee
$   .  Steadfast Coffee   .  Nashville
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Hail Healthy Eats at Blu Fig at Blu Fig
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Blu Fig

Mediterranean fare and a welcoming ambience are just two of the many things Blu Fig serves up on a daily basis. Try their savory salads, mouthwatering gyros or tasty bubble tea.

Hail Healthy Eats at Blu Fig
$$   .  Blu Fig   .  
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Indulge in Clean & Sweet Treats at Vegan Vee at Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery
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Vegan Vee

This Sylvan Park treasure may not be completely guilt-free, but it's pretty darn close! Their menu features a wide variety of vegan, gluten free sweets from muffins to donuts to brownies to cakes.

Indulge in Clean & Sweet Treats at Vegan Vee
$   .  Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery   .  Nashville
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Experience Innovative Italian at City House at City House
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City House

In need of a restaurant that'll please those that want to eat light AND those that want to pig out? City House, known for Italian eats with a southern twist, always delivers!

Experience Innovative Italian at City House
$$   .  City House   .  Nashville
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Eat Your Veggies at Coco Greens at Coco Greens Vegan Cafe and Wellness Center
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Coco Greens

Coco Greens serves fresh, natural ingredients that will surely satisfy. Plus, they're half restaurant, half wellness center, so you can pop in for a smoothie, a massage or a quick sweat session in the sauna.

Eat Your Veggies at Coco Greens
$$   .  Coco Greens Vegan Cafe and Wellness Center   .  Nashville
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Drink Bubble Tea at Chill Spot at Chill Spot
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Chill Spot

If bubble tea is your fave, Chill Spot has a whole wall dedicated to this delicious drink! Located just south of Nashville in Brentwood, they also offer an array of healthy foods for lunch and dinner.

Drink Bubble Tea at Chill Spot
$   .  Chill Spot   .  Brentwood
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Veg on Vegan Vibes at AVO at AVO
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AVO

AVO boasts a menu of entirely plant-based items, which means you can indulge while treating your body well. Pro tip: entrees are just the tip of the iceberg, dig into drinks and dessert too. The Avocado Margarita is a must!

Veg on Vegan Vibes at AVO
$$   .  AVO   .  Nashville
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Scarf Down Nuts & Noodles at the Smiling Elephant at The Smiling Elephant
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The Smiling Elephant

This adorable eatery with delicious Thai food is sure to leave you smiling. Nosh on noodles, indulge in crisp lettuce wraps or play it safe with their Pad Thai—it never disappoints!

Scarf Down Nuts & Noodles at the Smiling Elephant
$$   .  The Smiling Elephant   .  Nashville
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Sip Coffee and Settle In at Atmalogy  at atmalogy
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Atmalogy

Atmalogy is not your typical coffee shop. With a motto that centers on love and positivity, their vibes are on point—whether you want to meet up for coffee, tea, avo-toast, a sammy, gluten-free baked goods or a fresh-pressed juice.

Sip Coffee and Settle In at Atmalogy
$   .  atmalogy   .  Nashville
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Cleanse Yoself at the Urban Juicer at The Urban Juicer
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Urban Juicer

With locations in East Nashville, 8th Avenue and one coming soon to downtown, Urban Juicer has your juice addiction covered. Order a Mood Lifter, Liver Lover or Miracle Worker from the menu or build your own veggie or fruit-filled concoction.

Cleanse Yoself at the Urban Juicer
$   .  The Urban Juicer   .  Nashville
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Grub on a Gyro at Istanbul Restaurant at Istanbul Restaurant
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Istanbul Restaurant

If you're in the mood for a Mediterranean meal, Istanbul Restaurant has got your back. Fresh, healthy dishes on the menu include salads, soups, vegetable plates and a variety of deliciously tender grilled meats.

Grub on a Gyro at Istanbul Restaurant
$   .  Istanbul Restaurant   .  Nashville
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Nosh on French Flavors at Miel Restaurant at Miel Restaurant
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Miel Restaurant

Tiny but terrific, Miel Restaurant packs a whole lot of French flavor into their quaint eatery in Sylvan Park. Known for pairing locally-sourced ingredients with herbs from their on-site garden, this restaurant is definitely date night material!

Nosh on French Flavors at Miel Restaurant
$$$   .  Miel Restaurant   .  Nashville
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My name is Hannah Grace Carroll. I'm a tried and true Tennessee girl with a knack for translating my thoughts into writing. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a PR degree in May of 2015, I moved back to my Nashville hometown to begin my career. My blood has been that gaudy shade of Tennessee orange since 1993 and you'll likely catch me singing "Rocky Top" on most Saturdays in the fall. I adore my Savior and the family and friends He has given me to walk through life with. I'm always looking for opportunities to network and volunteer (and eat brunch food) in the Nashville area. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Top 15 Healthy Eats
Top 15 Healthy Eats