Healthy Restaurants in Tucson – The Fitnessista

Sharing a roundup of my favorite healthy restaurants in Tucson.

Hey friends! how’s the week going I hope you have a great one. Today is packed with calls and appointments, but I’m looking forward to a long walk with Maisey to break up the computer time. What do you have going on?

For today’s post, I wanted to share a roundup of some of my favorite healthy Tucson restaurants! We love eating out, but many restaurants use flavorful yet undesirable ingredients, especially when it comes to oils/fats. Fortunately, we have many places in Tucson where you can enjoy nutritious and delicious meals. For this post, “healthy” is defined as a restaurant that focuses on plant-based ingredients from the earth, with many of the items made in-house with fresh ingredients, and accommodates various dietary requirements, such as vegan and gluten-free options.


The best part about this post is that I’ll have to update it in a year or so because Tucson is FINALLY getting a Flower Child and a True Food Kitchen. BLESS IT. I’ve been waiting for this all my life. Now if we could only get a Season 52, I’ll lose my mind.

Alas, here is my list of favorite healthy restaurants in Tucson (for now!).

20 Healthy Restaurants in Tucson

1) Tumeric

This is probably my #1 pick on this entire list. (The rest of the options are in no particular order.) They make everything in house, including the tortillas and salsas, and the menu changes daily. This is a vegetarian Mexican place with lots of vegan options. The Frida Kahlo plate is my very favorite, but everything is amazing. You won’t regret it…and now I’m craving it after writing this post. It is located in the Sam Hughes neighborhood, in central Tucson.

2) Pure Poke and Prep

This is our favorite place to tuck into Tucson. We have it almost weekly! You go through it Chipotle style and add whatever protein, base and toppings you want. My go-to order is 1/2 green salad, 1/2 white rice, salmon, spicy crab, edamame, avocado, furikake, broccoli, carrots, green onions, seaweed salad, lots of wasabi and ginger. (I add my own Tamari at home.) The girls love it too, making it the perfect grab and go lunch or dinner.

Poke Bowl

3) Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a Tucson classic and for good reason. The food is so delicious and fresh, and the desserts… you have to order at least one! This is where we get my birthday cake every year 😉 My only complaint is that they use fake meat in many of the dishes, which is not my personal favorite, but everything is very flavorful and made with love. My go-to order is the Greek plate (gluten-free option).

4) Beaut Burger

Beaut Burger is a vegan burger place at the MSA Annex. If you haven’t been to the MSA Annex, definitely check it out! It’s a bunch of shipping containers that have been converted into small restaurants, boutiques, bars and coffee shops. Why I Love Where I Live is also located there, and a great stop if you’re shopping for Tucson gifts (or something for yourself!). Beaut Burger makes their burgers in house with unprocessed plants (such as vegetables, beans, millet and spices) and also has amazing fries.

5) Goodness

Goodness is one of my favorite quick bites in Tucson. They have acai bowls, avocado toast, breakfast, wraps, smoothies and juices. I especially love their breakfast bowl, which has tons of veggies, eggs, and turkey chorizo.


6) Zayna’s Mediterranean

Zayna’s Mediterranean has a beautiful selection of fresh Mediterranean favourites, like falafel, hummus, salads, grape leaves, tabbouleh, all the good stuff. Definitely recommend for a family dinner or casual date night.

7) Choice vegetables

Choice Greens is like our version of Sweetgreen. You can order a pre-designed salad or create your own, and they chop it all up for you.

8) Charro Life

Charro Vida is in my personal top 5 for healthy eats in Tucson. Everything is vibrant and delicious, and they have tons of gluten-free options. You can expect Sonoran meets Mediterranean cuisine, such as tamales, ceviche, vida bowls, tacos and seafood. 10/10 recommend the gluten free chocolate churros for dessert.


9) Govinda’s Natural Food Buffet

Govinda’s serves gourmet vegetarian cuisine and has a lovely pink patio and also has a B&B. They serve Indian food, along with vegetarian specials, fresh fruit and salad, homemade mango lassi and vegan cakes.

10) Saffron

Saffron is our #1 choice for Indian food in Tucson. It is located on the north-west side of town, and the atmosphere is lovely. They also have a lunch buffet which is everything. My favorite thing about Saffron is that they are so consistent; you know exactly what you’re getting every time. I highly recommend the channa masala, starter bhartha, tandoori chicken, and dal mahkni. Go for the garlic naan too!


11) Refuse

Nekter is one of my favorite places to go for an acai bowl or juice in Tucson. We have a few locations at La Encantada and on Grant, through Culinary Dropout. The classic acai bowl is my favorite with pea protein and peanut butter on top, or a big Greenie juice with extra ginger. They have gluten free granola and make their cashew milk in house.

Acai Bowl 2

12) Blue Willow

I’ve been going to Blue Willow since I was in elementary school and it’s still a top place! They have a great variety of options including breakfast, Mexican, salads, sandwiches, pastries, lunch specials, so many things. There really is something for everyone, and they’ve revamped the menu since we last visited. They are located on Campbell, just north of campus.

13) Whole Foods hot bar

The classics never die! It’s where we go when no one feels like cooking and we just want to grab something simple and healthy that everyone will love. The girls go for comfort food options, like mac n’ cheese, veggies and chicken, while the Pilot and I make salads and enjoy the Indian food options. Just a heads up: the hot bar on River isn’t nearly as good as the one on Oracle.

14) Berry Greens Juice Bar

This is another great acai combo place next to campus. The texture of the acai bowls is a bit thicker, like a sorbet, and they have very delicious toppings.

15) committed

This is a pure gluten free restaurant with great sandwiches and desserts. Located in central Tucson on Speedway, it has breakfast, avocado toast, sandwiches, vegan options and so many delicious sweets. This is a great option for gluten-free holiday desserts like cinnamon rolls and pie.

16) Pure Love Juice

I love Pure Love Juice. They serve raw and vegan options in St. Phillip’s plaza. They have so many juices and smoothies (full of superfoods) and add unique twists to more classic offerings, like the cilantro sauce on the avocado toast and their wellness elixirs. My only complaint is that it is very expensive but worth it for the best ingredients and everything is made fresh.

17) Eclectic Cafe

Eclectic Cafe was another longtime Tucson favorite! Like so many of our favorite Tucson spots, they’ve infused Mexican and American cuisine, so it’s easy to find something for any food mood. I definitely recommend the salads or warm salads, and I also love their chicken salad in an avocado.

18) Beyond Bread

Beyond Bread is something we visit almost weekly. They make all the bread fresh in house, and also offer a gluten-free wrap option. We have a few locations (East, Central and Northeast) and are an essential Tucson spot for a quick lunch if you’re visiting. I recommend the Kalid’s Curry on a gluten-free wrap with vinegar salad.

19) Pita Jungle

Our *regular* Pita Jungle closed, but I was pumped to find out we still have one on the northeast side! This is such a great casual dinner option for Mediterranean options, pitas and salads. The children’s meals are excellent – ​​they can choose a protein, vegetable, starch and fruit. We like to get the hummus with chicken as an appetizer, and I usually get the salmon appetizer or a gluten-free turkey pesto wrap.

20) corner

nook is a cute place in the city center, with breakfast and lots of healthy options. You can expect parfaits, egg dishes, sandwiches, benedicts and the whole range labeled “greenery”.

So tell me, friends: what’s your favorite healthy restaurant where you live?

Tucson friends: any I missed??

Hope you have a good day!



*Renee’s Organic Oven didn’t make the list because they stopped letting kids eat indoors. They started this policy during COVID and have no plans to allow children indoors again. We got a sitter and went a few years ago and found the quality has also declined so for these reasons it is no longer on my top 20.

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