We all love to eat out. We take pleasure in sitting back, kicking up our feet, and allowing the chefs, servers, and dishwashers to do all the work for us.

Yet, when we’re trying to find balance between health and satisfaction, dining out is a little tricky. Luckily, the state of Michigan has tons of nutritious eateries for its locals and tourists alike.

From farm-to-table restaurants, to quaint health-food cafes, there’s an array of well-respected establishments to choose from. Here are some of Michigan’s most delicious, and nutritious restaurants. 

Green Wall Gastro Pub 

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Located on a charming street in Grand Rapids, stands an environmentally friendly gastro pub that’s dedicated to serving ingredients from local farmers. Green Wall’s menu is both creative, and eclectic in its wide range of ethnic cuisine. Even better, they consistently change their menu depending on what’s in season.

From a Carolina Seafood broil made with tiger shrimp, PEI mussels, crawfish, sweet potatoes, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and a chili-Michigan beer broth, to the vegetarian Basil Spatzle made with asparagus, roasted local beets, broccoli, Italian style salsa verde, and shaved parmesan, this restaurant is bar none in categories of flavor, and nutrition. 

Mediterrano

Mediterrano prides themselves in their expert preparation of dishes from all 14 Mediterranean countries. Committed to deliciously healthy fare, this beautifully decorated Ann Arbor gem has a little something for everyone.

With a noteworthy Salmon Carpaccio cured with citrus, tequila, and dill, as well as a Warm Pear, and Arugula salad topped with pistachios, and sheep’s milk cheese, Mediterrano promises diverse and delectable flavors that even a health nut can appreciate.

Goody’s Juice and Java

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Set in the tiny town of Manistee, sits a casual little joint that’s loved by the locals. Goody’s is vegan and vegetarian friendly, and makes healthy soups daily. Featuring every kind of fresh fruit smoothie one could think of, they have endless nutritious choices on hand.

Some of the homemade soups you might find at Goody’s are: Butternut Squash, Gluten-Free Southwestern Corn, and Vegetarian Minestrone. The smoothie, soup, and sandwich spot is so well-liked, it’s even mentioned in Michigan drug rehabilitation reviews as a great local restaurant to visit for those changing to a healthier lifestyle. 

Twisted Rooster

With locations in Grand Rapids, Belleville, and Chesterfield, this modern American restaurant is noted for their emphasis on local ingredients. As a result, they guarantee the freshest produce, and meats you can find. Trendy yet casual, they’ve earned rave reviews from critics, and foodies for their memorable concoctions.

Come hungry, and order specialties like the Twisted Surf & Turf which is an eight ounce grilled Kobe steak topped with shrimp, and lobster saffron cream, and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and local seasonal vegetables.  You won’t be disappointed

Food Dance

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Just take a look at Food Dance’s website, and you’ll be convinced. These Kalamazoo, Mich. folks know fresh ingredients. Much like Green Wall, and Twisted Rooster, their mission is to bring guests only the freshest, local goods they can find. Relying on farms for their eggs, meats, and produce, the chef carefully constructs American cuisine that’s sure to impress.

Delight your palate with the Gluten-free Roasted Chicken made with a lemon-grass herb rub, and served with braised baby squash, cucumber coconut gazpacho, and a cashew relish. You won’t believe how divine healthy food is, until you’ve dined at Food Dance. That’s a guarantee.

This is truly only the beginning of the amazing selection of healthy restaurants in Michigan; no matter where your destination, you’re sure to find appetizing eateries that won’t disrupt your healthy-living lifestyle.