Over the next few minutes you should be learning quite a bit about healthy food and restaurants in Des Moines. Our main objective is to cover as much as we can so that you will be able to buy nutritious foods in your area and feel great when your next meal is finished.
The best vegan and vegetarian restaurants near you will get the ball rolling and vegetable lovers are not lacking for options here. More healthy restaurants will come next in addition to nice salad bars and soup restaurants.
Buying nutritious ingredients at Des Moines health food stores and markets is a fantastic way to figure out just how healthy your diet really is. Smoothies and juice stores will get a quick shout out, and then a few gluten free bakeries with lots of fresh baked low sugar sweets and treats will round out the post.
Expect to find a local healthy foods map towards the conclusion that will help you locate all of the places we mention throughout the article. And we have written about numerous cities around the region that you can check out at that link if interested.
Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants
There are some really good vegan and vegetarian restaurants in your area like:
- Ritual Café at 1301 Locust St #D
- Dirt Burger at 407 E 5th St
- A Dong Restaurant at 1511 High St
- Blaze Pizza at 300 MLK Jr Pwky
Ritual Café is a 100% vegetarian spot that provides vegan coffee, espresso, tea, hemp nut smoothies, wine, beer, and locally baked pastries. Artists from the city cycle on the wall around a platform where a monthly open mike for poets is conducted.
Dirt Burger is a tasty vegan quick-service restaurant that provides their customers some of the freshest, healthiest, and most affordable fast-food options available. A Dong Restaurant has been an award-winning vegetarian restaurant with vegan choices in your area serving a wide variety of soups, noodles, and rice since the late 1980’s and were even selected the Best Vietnamese Restaurant by CityView Magazine.
Des Moines Healthy Restaurants
There are plenty more healthy restaurants in Des Moines like:
- HoQ at 303 E 5th St
- Evolve Juicery & Kitchen at 218 6th Ave #102
- Gateway Market Café at 2002 Woodland Ave
The menu at HoQ Restaurant includes grass-fed beef, lamb, pasture-raised poultry, and duck using grass-fed butter, cream, and organic or chemical-free veggies grown in the region. The majority of the menu is gluten-free and there are several intriguing vegetarian selections.
Evolve provides gluten-free, keto, paleo, primal, and Evolve 30 lifestyle alternatives while all of their chef-prepared foods are gluten-free and they limit the use of processed sweeteners and dairy.
Salad Bars In Your Area
You can always get a nutritious meal at one of these salad bars near you:
- Lucky Horse Burgers & Beer at 2331 University Ave
- Motley School Tavern MST at 1903 Beaver Ave
- Franka Pizzeria at 111 E Grand Ave #101
- St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery at 300 SW 5th St Harbach Lofts
- Centro Restaurant at 1003 Locust St
Those local restaurants with good salads have so many options we can’t even begin to list them all. We suggest you look at those links and check out their menu to see if they sell the right salads that you are searching for. Chicken ranch, southwest, fried egg and chick pea, Caesar, and burger salads are all available at Lucky Horse Burgers and Beer.
Caesar, house, grilled chicken club, and tomato and peach are some of the more popular salads at Motley School. The Mediterranean, strawberry, and kale are some of the favorites salads at Franka Pizzeria.
The peach and burrata, elote salad bowl, green salad, and herb salads are some of the specialties at St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery. Classic Caesar salad, steak, Greek, cobb, and spinach are all available at Centro Restaurant.
South Union Bread Café and Big Acai Bowls also sell a wide variety of salads in your area.
Really good soups can be found at these restaurants:
- Hansen’s Manhattan Deli at 3705 Ingersoll Ave
- Palmer’s Deli & Market at 4949 Westown Pkwy #180 W
- South Union Bread Café at 1007 Locust St
- Tsing Tsao at 4230 Fleur Dr
Those restaurants have so many soup options we can’t even begin to list them all. Check out those links and see if their menu has the right soups that you are searching for. Palmer’s Deli serves Palmer’s chili soups, Wisconsin cheese, tomato basil ravioli, chicken enchilada, and store’s choice.
South Union Bread Café offers potato pepper jack cheese soup, chili soup, and a wide variety of salads. Hot and sour, shrimp sizzling rice, chicken sizzling rice, chicken corn, and egg drop are some of the most ordered items at Tsing Tsao which is a great spot for any Asian soup lover in your area.
Health Food Stores & Markets
Buy your own fresh fruits and vegetables at these local health food stores and markets:
Smoothies & Juice Shops
Smoothie and juice shops are good options for a quick and healthy snack:
- Lifestyle Juices at 2418 University Av
- The Juice Company at 845 42nd St
- Evolve Juicery & Kitchen at v218 6th Ave #102
- Kava DSM at 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy #140
- Big Acai Bowls at 117 5th St W
Each of those juice and smoothie shops have so many options we can’t even begin to list them all. Take those links to find out if they offer the right juices and smoothies that you are searching for and you can also see if they sell healthy meals or snacks like acai bowls or granola.
Big Acai Bowls sells acai, mango tango, tropical, coffee, cacao, and macha smoothies and they even have many salad variations.
Gluten Free Bakeries Near You
Gluten free bakeries in Des Moines should have plenty of good things to try:
- Sweet Treat Without Wheat at 2809 Arthur Ave
- Gusto Pizza Co at 1905 Ingersoll Ave
- Molly’s Cupcakes at 215 E 3rd St #101
- Nosh Cafe & Eatery at 424 E Locust St
Gluten free donuts, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cakes, individual jar cheesecakes, sandwich bread, focaccia bread, paleo donuts, chubby hubby bars, pumpkin bars, carmelita bars, lemon bars, cake roll, bagels, and blueberry bars are some of the specialties at Sweet Treat.
Molly’s Cupcakes offers gluten-free chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cupcakes near you.
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- Local Healthy Restaurants in Omaha
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- Local Healthy Restaurants in Madison
Enjoy Eating Healthy In Des Moines
Now that you have read about all of those local vegan and vegetarian restaurants, other healthy restaurants, salad bars, places to get great soup, health food stores and markets, smoothies and juice shops, and gluten free bakeries in your area it should be easy for you to grab a delicious and nutritious meal in the near future.
If you noticed anything incorrect on this page or if anything we mentioned has become dated please let us know in the comments so we can keep our info as fresh as possible. Hopefully you enjoy eating healthy food at restaurants in Des Moines.