Our 5 Fave Healthy Places Near Big Hit’s Toronto Studio
As amazing as a workout at Big Hit Studios is for your body, it’s important to complement your training with healthy eats too! Of course, it would be great to have the time to whip up a healthy meal right after a class, but we all know that isn’t always realistic. For a healthy meal on the go, look no further than Big Hit’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or you prefer your protein Paleo style, these five favourites have you covered.
BOLT FRESH BAR
1170 Queen St W
If you like to consume your calories in liquid form post-workout, then Bolt Fresh Bar is the place for you. The menu features a number of delicious and filling smoothies, such as the Chocolate Thunder ($8), which has dark chocolate and peanut butter in it (need I say more?). You can also order a number of fruit and veggie juices to get you through until your next meal. Or if you’re looking for something more solid, you can order a grain or a salad bowl. There are a number of pre-designed bowls and salads made fresh to order or you can create your own delicious combindation. Bolt offers enough choice to keep you satisfied, without overwhelming you.
171 E Liberty St, Unit 131
This gem of a spot recently opened up just south of us in Liberty Village, and the name speaks for itself. Athletes Kitchen caters to both professional athletes who take diet very seriously as well as those who are a little more relaxed about what we eat, as long as it’s still healthy. If you ever wonder what you should be eating before or after a workout, the Athlete’s Kitchen has figured it all out for you. With actual menu options titled, ‘Pre workout’ (which by the way is a waffle!) and ‘Post Workout,’ this place is worth checking out. They offer both meat and veggie options too. So you can eat an ‘Iron Man’ salad made with flank steak after a workout, or a ‘Raw Essential Vegan’ box made with soba noodles, veggies and edamame for your protein fix.
894 Queen St W
An old-time favourite, Fresh has four locations in the city and offers a great selection of food and drink options on their menu. Although the restaurant is vegetarian, you won’t ever feel like you’re missing out on meat here because the portions and the meals are so substantial. Whether you want something hearty like a ‘Transformer’ bowl ($16) filled with tons of soy protein like tofu and edamame, or prefer something lighter like a soup, Fresh will have you satisfied in no time. The restaurant also offers smoothies and freshly pressed juices, as well as a variety of vegan and gluten-free options.
1205 Queen St West
The new kid on the block, Revitasize started out as a home-based cleansing/detox business in 2013, but has since expanded to offer local communities healthy options. The menu features 100 per cent Organic Cold Pressed Juice, Acai bowls, raw shakes (smoothies), vegetarian soups and vegan desserts to satisfy a sweet tooth. I personally love the ‘Organic Chickpea Soup’ ($13) following a workout.
85 Hanna Ave #104a
‘Eat and energize’ is this healthy Canadian chain’s motto and they deliver. Freshii truly does provide consumers with delicious and nutritious options to get you through the day. The menu offers both meat and veggie options, and you have a choice between a bowl listed on the menu or to create your own. You can also get salads, wraps, burritos, soups and healthy beverages that provide you with no shortage of options. There is something for everyone here, even for the pickiest of eaters!
What’s your favourite local place to grab a bite after Big Hit? Share with us in the comments below.