This article was co-written by Ellie Diefenbach and Faith Fietsam
Trying to eat healthy while keeping it interesting and delicious can be difficult, especially when you are looking for a quick bite between classes or before practice. Luckily, Lake Forest has plenty of quick, easy, and healthy options that are perfect for the busy student on the move. Below we have mapped out our top picks for healthy restaurants to enjoy locally.
Located on Bank Lane, just a few doors down from Left Bank, LF Juice is Lake Forest’s first and only juice bar. Their menu includes smoothies, juices, and smoothie bowls, freshly made right in store. They also have homemade protein bars, salads, and other healthy snacks in their fridge section off to the side. LF Juice is committed to providing healthy, organic ingredients to the best of their ability without artificial additives or preservatives that are present in many other beverages. This immediately drew the attention of many Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents and continues to be a health staple for LF and LB community
Foodstuffs is the quintessential Lake Forest lunch spot. For a quick and healthy lunch, the local restaurant provides a variety of foods including a customized salad bar, as well as made-to-order sandwiches, and various soups. In addition, they have plenty of dips, breads, pastries and other appetizers pre-prepared and ready to eat. Foodstuffs has been providing the highest quality gourmet foods and services for over 30 years. It never seems to disappoint as more and more customers designate this restaurant as their daily lunch spot. It’s only a matter of time before you become a foodstuffs “regular.”
New to Lake Forest–located where the old Starbucks formerly was– Cafe Bella’s provides a unique dining experience. Their menu consists of high quality produce, fruits, proteins and grains served in bowls. You can customize your bowl with different toppings and bases of your choosing. With modern decor and a clean, sleek feel dining here is truly an experience worth checking out for yourself. Their goal is to create “food you can feel good about.”
The Otherdoor is a popular restaurant thriving in the town of Lake Bluff. Often compared to Chipotle, The Otherdoor definitely gives them a run for their money. This local restaurant is considered a healthier alternative to Chipotle and gives more of a variety. The Otherdoor’s secret to their fresh Mexican food comes from farmers who actually care about how they grow their produce. They claim that there is no such thing as “organic,” but simply just “food.” This affordable restaurant covers all the basic Mexican foods and even provides salsas in order of heat ranging from 1 to 10. It’s inviting, cozy and authentic atmosphere attracts numerous customers from all over the North Shore.