Whether you are craving a flavorful salad or an energizing smoothie made fresh, the Ann Arbor area offers several options to eat clean with plenty of flavor. Eating healthy does not need to be complicated, and we're highlighting vegan and vegetarian dining, juice bars, and restaurants where you can prioritize eating clean. food at spiedoThe term "clean eating" refers to foods that remains as close to their natural state as possible, and often includes lean proteins, healthy whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There are plenty of options here, like Spiedo in downtown Ann Arbor serving Mediterranean style dishes (pictured). Here's where you can indulge in Ann Arbor:

First Bite

Food plate at first bite

Vivek Dalela, the owner of First Bite, uses the phrase "Food 4.0" to reflect their Positive Food, Positive Life philosophy. With locally sourced, health-conscious, and organic food, First Bite offers an impressive selection of clean eating.  

Detroit Street Filling Station 

Food at Detroit Street Filling Station

Located in the heart of Kerrytown, this delicious restaurant features a full vegan menu and seven different mocktails. The Filling Station offers premium meals that live up to its name of a filling station, including baked tofu Banh Mi and the Lumberjack salad. 

Seva Ann Arbor

An Ann Arbor staple since 1973, this vegetarian restaurant provides fresh ingredients in innovative meals. Their menu offers items like the gluten-free Chargrilled Vegetable Bowl, a delicious meal of seasoned peppers and vegetables served with balsamic vinaigrette weaving a flavorful and filling experience. 

Stray Hen Cafe

breakfast at Stray Hen Cafe

At Stray Hen Cafe, you cannot go wrong with its options of healthy meals and delicious breakfast dishes like the granola parfait. If you are adventurous, you can build your bowl with four toppings! 

Jerusalem Garden

This Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant is affordable and creative with its array of dishes.  Eating clean has never been easier in the Ann Arbor area as Jerusalem Garden's selection of items includes mouth-watering Shawarma meals and its Baba Ghanouj veggie plate. 

Gora’s Grill

Gora's Grill vegan burgerAmong the many clean-eating options in the area, Gora’s Grill in Ypsilanti provides a fast-casual option to the selection of eateries. With a 100% plant-based restaurant, their menu is loaded with delicious meals like the jackfruit sandwich made with sweet house-made BBQ, and their crispy Bird's Nest burger.

Michigan Farmers Markets

Ann Arbor farmers market, box of peppers

Who does not love a plentiful Farmers Market? Shopping here allows you to craft your own clean meal with fresh ingredients. In Kerrytown, catch the twice-weekly Ann Arbor Farmers Market for fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and plant-based prepared food. Enjoy the quaint Chelsea Farmer's Market located on Chelsea's Main Street every Wednesday and Saturday.

"What's in Your Cup?" Juice and Smoothie Cafe

The clean eating experience is versatile within the area, and no place better encapsulates that than 'What’s in your Cup?; in Ypsilanti, where every item is vegan and dairy-free. We recommend trying the Mang, Tang, Bang! smoothie because how could you not enjoy mango, oranges, and lemon juice in a cup? 

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