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Eating right can make a dramatic difference in how you function and feel. It's not always easy to find a healthy option when you're out and about, but we've tracked down some top picks in Delray Beach that fit the bill. Try these healthy restaurants the next time you need a meal that's packed with nutrients and low in preservatives, GMOs, and unhealthy fats.

Purlife Cafe

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Purlife Cafe delivers quick and convenient options that are designed to facilitate healthy eating on the go. If you're falling short of your fitness goals because you give in too often to fast food options, Purlife Cafe has just the fix you're looking for. The menu is thoughtfully filled with products that are sourced from quality companies, so you'll always enjoy fresh ingredients from responsible vendors. The menu features soups, salads, wraps, and power bowls that are packed with good-for-you ingredients.

The abundance of fresh produce and healthy mix-ins doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice in the way of flavor, though. Salads here take everything up a notch with options like the Kale Chicken Sweet Potato salad that includes raw sliced almonds, goat cheese, green apple, and a champagne vinaigrette alongside the namesake ingredients. If you're in the mood for something zesty, try the Fiesta wrap filled with roasted chicken, black beans, carrots, pico de gallo, mixed greens, blue tortilla strips, white cheddar, and a jalapeno cilantro vinaigrette. These and other mouthwatering options make it easy to eat right.

Whole Green Cafe

Whole Green Cafe maintains a heavy focus on whole foods. Whole foods are those that remain unaltered, delivering the full benefits of their vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Even things like oft-dreaded sugar are far healthier when consumed in the form of whole foods such as fruit, so you can enjoy a wide variety of flavors with maximum health benefits by opting for this type of menu. As often as possible, the ingredients on the menu are also local, seasonal, and organic.

Breakfast lovers will be delighted to find that Whole Green Cafe serves this most important meal all day long. You can enjoy hearty options like the omelet wrap with tomato, cucumber, avocado, eggs, and Swiss cheese. If you're looking for something sweeter, the oatmeal with fruit features strawberries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, coconut flakes, honey, and almond milk.

For lunch and dinner, the menu features an assortment of wraps, salads, and bowls. The Buddha Bowl is a power-packed favorite with brown rice, tofu, seaweed salad, tomato, cucumber, carrot, radish, broccoli, and green onions with a poke sauce and peanut sesame sauce for plenty of flavor. Whole Green Cafe makes healthy dining easy any meal of the day.

Veg Eats Foods

Veg Eats Foods serves vegan plant-based dishes that feature locally-sourced ingredients and GMO-free products. Peas provide the main source of protein here, and many of the cheeses are made in-house from nuts.

Since the ingredients come primarily from local sources, there's a great deal of seasonality to the menu. Expect to find a menu of fresh flavors that perfectly reflect the time of year. Many of the dishes are so popular they sell out early or are only available on select days, so you should plan to call ahead if you have something specific in mind.

The menu often features items like Chxn pot pies in a flavorful herb de Provence gravy, freshly grilled burgers on warm toasted buns, or soup and salad combos highlighting fresh tossed greens and an always-inspired soup of the day.

Roots Vegan Kitchen

You'll find Roots Vegan Kitchen in the Delray Beach Market, offering healthy eats that are easily accessible during your shopping adventures. The plant-based meals here are made from scratch in-house for the freshest restaurant-quality flavors.

Give your day a powerful start with a healthy breakfast from the Roots menu such as the overnight oats loaded with cinnamon bananas and golden raisins or the coconut chia pudding with mixed berry compote, almond butter, and fresh fruit. Pancakes get a great makeover here, made with a protein banana-oat mix and topped with mixed berry compote, maple syrup, vegan whipped cream, and almonds.

For lunch and dinner, you'll find veggies take center stage in a wide variety of creative dishes. For a spicy kick, try the buffalo cauliflower served with bleu cheez dressing. The tacos feature hearty tempura hearts of palm topped with cabbage slaw, sriracha aioli, and a sweet chili vinaigrette. The restaurant's Reuben features jackfruit in place of corned beef, and the veggie burger relies on beets, black rice, and Portobello mushrooms rather than ground beef.

If you just need a quick pick-me-up, you can order a smoothie or specialty drink instead of a full meal. You'll find options to cater to any need, from the Immune smoothie to help you fight off germs to the Power smoothie for a little extra energy.

Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen

Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen promotes healthy eating by preparing meals without butters, creams, or excess fat. This Delray restaurant also focuses on sourcing its products locally and promoting methods that honor the environment. The menu delivers an abundance of veggie-packed options that will delight diners who are steering clear of carbs or keeping calories down. Start with healthy produce-based picks like buffalo cauliflower, chicken lettuce wraps, or crispy zucchini chips.

For your main, you'll find a variety of gourmet options like the bison meatloaf served with a parsnip-cauliflower mash, fried organic egg, and red wine horseradish jus or the grilled salmon with baby greens and your choice of sauce. You won't find any greasy fries among the sides here. Instead, the selection of farmer's finds includes healthy alternatives like apple kale slaw, roasted yellow beets, green bean almadine and sweet potato fries. Eating healthy is a delicious endeavor at this destination.

These are our favorite restaurants for fueling up and feeding your body right. Do you have other great suggestions in Delray Beach? Contact our team at the biostation and let us know!