Hello, swimsuit season! Summer has always been my favorite time of the year as it brings in nice weather, engaging outdoor activities and tons of fun. Plus it’s a great time to go on a healthy diet. Who could say no to a savory, refreshing salad to invigorate both body and spirit?!
Even if you’re not a proud owner of a veggie garden the city’s got some amazing venues that will help you cool off the heat and replenish energy on a hot summer day.
At Bacino’s food is the star. Whether you’re in the mood for some delicious, tasty veggies or a “heart healthy” stuffed spinach pizza, Bacino’s trattoria/pizzeria uses the freshest and highest quality ingredients for all its special dishes – fresh mozzarella, fresh vegetables, and mouthwatering sauces made from scratch. Great for lunch or dinner!
The Chicago Diner is the epitome of sustainable, globally inspired, fine vegetarian cuisine. Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the place is a popular destination among vegan food lovers and features the best dressed veg in town, including several gluten free options for an exquisite dining experience. When you’re craving for a lip-smacking wrap or a sinfully good BBQ “bacün” cheeseburger, the Chicago Diner is the place to go. Yet don’t expect it all to be low-calorie, it’s a diner after all!
Another local favorite, Green Zebra excels in culinary artistry and wonderful taste. Locally produced, seasonal fruits and vegetables are transformed every day into luscious feasts enchanting all senses. If you’re friends with tofu, definitely go for the Eggplant & Tofu Dumplings, a delicious treat served with sweet chili sauce, poblano pepper and Savoy cabbage!
The Windy City has come a long way since its potato and meat days and is slowly becoming a mecca for vegetarian, vegan and green living fans. In an attempt to promote eco-friendly practices and raise awareness about the benefits of a plant-based diet, the ChicagoVeg – Community for Chicagoland Vegetarians, Vegans, Raw Foodists organized Chicago’s very first Veggie Pride Parade, June 2. Here’s a video of this great vegan movement that was held in Grant Park: