Restaurant fare that’s both healthy and delicious? Score!
The scientific merits of so-called “superfoods” are often debated, but we’re confident these nutrient-packed dishes will turbocharge your body while still pleasing your palate.
› Power Salad
This crunchy salad tops a leafy “power greens” mix (baby spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and arugula) with yellow turmeric quinoa fortified with heart-healthy hazelnuts and cancer-fighting cranberries. Add a splash of Udi’s tart, preserved lemon vinaigrette—along with its supposed anti-inflammatory properties—for an extra punch of flavor. multiple locations, udisfood.com
› Sweet Potato Falafel
Sweet potatoes—chock-full of vitamin A, fiber, and beta-carotene—have become a ubiquitous health food. But Root Down’s interpretation of Middle Eastern falafel uses the ancient starch in a distinctive way: Mashed sweet potatoes are blended with spices and herbs, formed into patties, and lightly fried to create a satisfying snack. 1600 W. 33rd Ave., 303-993-4200, rootdowndenver.com
True Food Kitchen
› Goji Berry Granola
Dig through layers of crunchy oats and smooth yogurt to excavate the antioxidant-loaded goji berries at the core of True Food Kitchen’s granola. These chewy, spicy-sweet fruits are a bright orange color, and they’re touted as a way to ease the mind and potentially stave off cancer. 2800 E. Second Ave., Suite 101, 720-509-7661, foxrc.com/restaurants/true-food-kitchen.com
Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar
› Roasted Gold Beets
Beets are among the healthiest of foods—they’re found blended into juices, shredded atop salads, and pickled. It’s not surprising: The root vegetable is said to purify blood, improve mental health, and deliver a bevy of minerals. We like Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar’s simple presentation: Goat cheese complements the earthy beets, and mizuna adds a boost of vitamin C and iron. 1512 Curtis St., 303-534-1115, legranddenver.com