Delicious and Healthy Lunch Options in La Jolla

For those that work in the Village like we do, we often find ourselves going out a few times a week for lunch. Not only does eating out add up, it can also be bad for your health. We set out to find delicious and healthy lunch options in La Jolla, with an emphasis on Vegetarian and gluten-free options, to curb this problem.

1012202_631082190242888_1668155420_nPuesto
Puesto is a relatively new restaurant in La Jolla known for its awesome Mexican street food, like tacos, bowls and salads. Located right on Wall St., it’s convenient for those that work in the Village and has great healthy options for you.
What to get:
We recommend the Veggie salad for the vegetarians out there. For only $7.95, it has local greens, spinach, jicama, panela cheese, corn, pepitas, cherry tomatoes, and mint with oil and vinegar dressing. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it’s a perfect vegetarian and gluten-free option!

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Right around the corner from Puesto is Burger Lounge, also on Wall. Known for the original grass-fed burger, there are other options that are healthy and contain delicious, organic ingredients.
What to get:
For a nutrient-packed salad, order the Organic Quinoa Salad for $8.95. It contains organic quinoa, arugula, spinach, kale, roasted baby squash, corn, tomatoes, red onion, almonds, feta and a smoked tomato vinaigrette. You can also order a half portion for $6.95 if you can’t finish the whole salad. This salad is both vegetarian and gluten-free. For meat lovers, you can add a protein, either grilled or crispy chicken, free-range turkey or grass-fed beef, for $3-4 extra.

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If you venture over to Fay in the Merrill Lynch building, you will find Lean and Green Café, which serves only organic health food. Its’ menu ranges from smoothies to salads to wraps and sandwiches, and even more. They also deliver to anywhere in the Village for free!
What to get:
For vegetarians, we recommend getting the Beet’n Goat Cheese salad, which contains a spring mix, goat cheese, roasted red and yellow beets, raw walnuts and a honey Dijon dressing for $9.95. Another great option is one of their organic bowls, such as the Power Bowl for $6.25, which contains brown rice, black beans, kale, quinoa and salsa. You can also add a protein to any bowl for $3.

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Also on Fay, Juice Kaboose is a great option for a quick, healthy and light lunch. It serves smoothies, fresh vegetable juices, sandwiches and bowls.
What to get:
Get the Kale Salad with walnuts, lacianto kale, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, black olives, sunflower seeds, apples, olive oil and pomegranate vinegar for a super healthy, vegan and gluten-free lunch. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, order the Acai Energy Bowl, full of pure Acai pulp, organic soymilk, bananas, fresh fruit and hemp granola.

563382_10151319038157842_1282722395_nTender Greens
Finally, if you’re willing to travel a little further, visit Tender Greens at UTC Mall outside of the food court. Tender Greens prides itself in its’ laid back atmosphere, outdoor patios, and its fresh, healthy and farmer’s market inspired dishes. It is also a great option for those looking for vegetarian restaurants in La Jolla.
What to get:
For vegans, order the Happy Vegan, filled with wheat, cranberries and hazelnuts, quinoa with cucumbers and beets, green hummus, tabbouleh and tender greens for $11. For vegetarians, you can also order simple salads for only $6, such as the kale salad with parmesan and a roasted garlic vinaigrette or the baby spinach salad with goat cheese, hazelnuts and a cabernet vinaigrette.

At La Jolla Blue Book, we love both food and fitness and will continue to be a source where you can learn about local healthy living. And so if you’re tired of eating fattening lunches and instead want to find organic, healthy and relatively inexpensive options for lunch in La Jolla, visit one of these restaurants today.

Where else do you eat for a healthy lunch option? Will you be visiting any of these healthy restaurants this week? Let us know below in a comment.

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Maddie Erdossy
Maddie Erdossy is a junior English major at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is interning at the Blue Book for a second summer as a social media contributor and blogger. As a graduate of The Bishop’s School and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, she is knowledgeable about both La Jolla and all things in North County. Her blog posts focus on food, entertainment and lifestyle around San Diego.

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