Eating healthy in Los Angeles

I’m one of those people who likes to take off overseas at a moments’ notice. My friend (and fellow Sagittarius) Kylie Gulliver is exactly the same. So earlier this year we found ourselves heading to the US for a whirlwind two weeks. There was sun, snow, road trips and lots of eating.

The official reason for the trip was a shoot for Elliott Label in LA and Palm Springs. But we decided to squeeze in some little adventures while we were at it (including a road trip to Joshua Tree and quick pop over to New York and the Hamptons, which I will write about in my next post).

Missing hikes in the morning LA sun ... must go back asap ☀️

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During our stay, we spent a lot of time hiking in the canyons (my favourite is Malibu Canyon) and I managed to fit in some boxing training at a couple of gyms in Hollywood and Santa Monica. But this post is dedicated to the food that we ate. 

Since eating is one of my most loved pastimes and I like to keep things on the nutritious side, you can always rely on me to find a bunch of healthy options wherever I go. When you think of American food, you might think of greasy burgers and chips served in monstrous portions. There is a lot of this, especially in the touristy locations, but if you know where to go there are so many cafes and supermarkets serving up healthy options.

 Malibu Farm cafe and restaurant

Malibu Farm cafe and restaurant

 Soaking up the sun on the deck

Soaking up the sun on the deck


There's health food everywhere if you know where to look

Here is a list of a few of my favourite places to eat (and get coffee) in LA:

  • Gracias Madre (for plant-based Mexican food that is off-the-charts - this could be one of my all time favourite restaurants even though I'm not vegan)
  • Café Gratitude (for organic, plant-based meals and raw desserts - the key lime pie is to die for)
  • Kreation Juice (for cold pressed juices, smoothies and tonic shots - I love their 'Feel Better' tonic shot)
  • Earth Bar (for healthy snacks, juices, smoothies, tonic shots, bulletproof coffee, vitamins and supplements)
  • Paper or Plastik Café (for Melbourne-style brunch and specialty coffee)
  • M Café (for macrobiotic vegetarian dishes - their Macro Meal and Probiotic Bowl are packed with nutrients)
  • The Butcher’s Daughter (for plant-based meals and juices)
  • Malibu Farm (for farm-to-table food on picturesque Malibu Pier)
  • Alfred Coffee + Kitchen (famous for their "But first, coffee." slogan - I like their iced black coffee)
  • Go Get Em Tiger (for coffee and brunch - they do an amazing almond macadamia milk coffee)
  • Blue Bottle (for specialty coffee)
  • Whole Foods (you've most likely heard of it as they are everywhere in the US - you can pick up healthy snack and build your own meal from their extensive self-serve salad and hot food bars)
  • Erewhon (a slightly more upmarket version of Whole Foods so it can be more expensive, but their salad and hot food bars are high quality and probably my favourite to build my own meal)
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