‘Tis the season for forming healthy eating habits! And while we definitely love indulging at our favorite burger joints and ice cream shops, there’s something to say about ordering a healthy meal while on the go.
That’s why we’re sharing some of the best places to eat a healthy meal in Greeley, whether you’re ordering at a restaurant or picking up some ingredients at a grocery store to make your own healthy dishes at home. At these Greeley restaurants, you’ll find plenty of healthy options, including salads, veggie bowls, fresh seafood, smoothies and much more.
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Meeker’s is arguably the best source around for all things farm-to-table. After gaining extensive experience in some of the world’s most well-known kitchens—including several projects in London—Chef Ron Jackson has come back home to Colorado to add his own flair to American and Rocky Mountain cuisine. And his menu includes a number of healthier options, including a Veggie Royal with a Beyond Burger patty, a quinoa bowl, and more, plus plenty of sweets and fried foods to balance it all out.
Voted the Best Seafood Restaurant six years running by The Greeley Tribune, Lucky Fins is the go-to spot in Greeley for quality, fresh seafood every day of the week. There are endless seafood and non-seafood options to choose from at Lucky Fins, from delicious fried options to raw fish delicacies. And naturally, seafood typically means some healthier options, including Honey Chipotle Salmon, Pistachio Halibut, a Southwest Poke Bowl, plus salads, soup and more.
The Luna’s Tacos & Tequila origin story is steeped in Northern Colorado and Greeley tradition. It’s owned and operated by a group of friends whose collective experience includes founding the Northern Colorado chain Wing Shack Wings, publishing BandWagon Magazine, and opening the Moxi Theater. We weren’t kidding about Greeley tradition. Luna’s Tacos & Tequila opened in 2018 and has already become a favorite in town—especially if you’re craving tacos and tequila. Their signature taco lineup includes 10 flavorful combinations for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Their vegan Brussels Sprout Taco is filled with crispy Brussels sprouts, black beans, charred onion, tomato and adobo cashew crema. You can see their full menu here.
The story of Rio Grande starts in Fort Collins and includes very good and very strong margaritas. Since opening their original Old Town location, this team has expanded to more than five others throughout the state, including this one in the heart of downtown Greeley. Here, you’ll find excellent Tex Mex food made using local ingredients, the best margarita in Weld County and a killer patio. But that’s not why we’re here this time. Rio Grande has an array of healthy options on their menu, including an entire selection of vegan options, which includes a black bean burrito packed with veggies, their famous Rio Salad, green chile soup, veggie fajitas and more.
Don’t overlook the bright blue building on 8th that houses Sherpa Grill, a beloved Indian restaurant amongst locals and visitors alike. In fact, many consider it the best Indian restaurant in the region — Denver included. Here, you’ll find a robust menu with authentic Indian dishes, like Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, various types of curry, naan and more. Overall, Indian food tends to be quite healthy, as it includes fresh ingredients, lots of vegetables, natural protein and invigorating spices. Regulars love their lunch buffet, but it makes an excellent choice for takeout as well!
Originally from South Korea, Mr. Tae Suh opened Sushi 1 in 2005 to fulfill a dream of owning his own restaurant. He has always had a love and passion for Japanese-style sushi, and wanted to share it with the community of Greeley. After enduring a fire several years ago and a successful reopening, Mr. Suh continues to serve each customer with a smile — and some of the best sushi around. In addition to traditional sushi rolls, Sushi 1 has an extensive menu with a variety of salads, soups, bento boxes, entrees, stir-fry noodles, sashimi, Thai dishes and much more. Everything here is fresh and made with quality ingredients. Plus, they have an entire gluten-free menu as well!
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You can’t get much healthier than a juice bar. Inta Juice was born right here in Northern Colorado and has been so successful that it expanded to include 10 locations across Colorado and Wyoming. Inta Juice uses real fruit, supplements and veggies to create fresh, healthy and delicious juices and smoothies. They never add additional sugars or syrups and instead depend on the natural sugars and sweetness in real, whole ingredients. But Inta Juice has more than juice and smoothies! Their açaí bowls are packed with healthy toppings, like bananas, strawberries, granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, pitaya and more.
Natural Grocers began just south of us in Lakewood, Colorado in 1955 by Margaret and Philip Isely, who had just $200 and a dream — a dream that everyone should be able to afford a healthy and active lifestyle. That philosophy remains in each Natural Grocers store — all 160 of them across the country. This Colorado-born grocery store chain has several locations in Northern Colorado, including one right here in Greeley. The store offers 100% organic produce, dietary vitamins and supplements, body care, dairy products, naturally raised meat and seafood, bulk foods, and much more. Due to their curated selection (and a focus of quality over quantity!) it’s easy to collect healthy, organic products to stock up your fridge and pantry. For over 50 years, Natural Grocers has been a trusted source for high-quality products and affordable pricing — and we’re lucky to have several in the area.
Although it has hundreds of locations across the country, Sprouts Farmers Market feels like a small, local neighborhood store, offering the very best with a focus on local products. In fact, it’s called Sprouts Farmers Market for a reason — it’s almost like a year-round, indoor farmers’ market with everything you need for a healthy lifestyle. Here, you’ll find organic produce, local meat, fresh seafood, a deli with healthy sandwiches and more, canned and dry goods, nutrition bars, vitamins and much more.
What are your favorite destinations for healthy food in Greeley? Let us know in the comments below!