5 restaurants for when you need a healthy breakfast in Vancouver

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Move over Fried Chicken and Waffles. Take a hike, Stuffed French Toast. It’s time to shake up the mornings out routine with some healthier fare.

Vancouver is overflowing with cold-pressed juice, and just about everywhere serves up some kind of Avocado Toast, but if you’ve been ordering a few too many greasy combo plates or biscuit sandwiches piled with everything except the Lipitor scrip, you may need a healthy breakfast intervention.

Here are five Vancouver restaurants (or casual spots) where you can find plenty of healthy breakfast options.

TurF

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This combo workout studio and café in Kits seriously rocks the morning eats. Their menu of vegan and gluten-free breakfast offerings include Lentil Grits, Power Porridge, or Baked Oats & Groats to fuel your day.

Address: 2041 West 4th Avenue

Smak

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It’s hard to think of a place in Vancouver with as many oatmeal or yogurt and granola “pot” options as Smak. The “healthy fast food” spot shines when it comes to fresh breakfast items served up in a jiffy, including juices and smoothies, the aforementioned oatmeal and yogurt bowls, or egg or gluten-free toast options.

Address: 1139 West Pender Street
Address: 545 Granville Street

The Birds & the Beets

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Slip into this charming Gastown café in the morning and order from their menu of simple breakfast dishes. They’ve got a Bircher Muesli made with chia and rolled oats, or yogurt with whole grain granola. Their version of avocado toast happens to be on the more decadent brioche, but it does come with a protein-y poached egg boost. And it’s super pretty.

Address: 55 Powell Street / 54 Alexander Street

Tractor

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Two of Tractor’s locations dish up health-minded fresh breakfast options (Marine Building and Robson Street). Here you’ll find the requisite Avo Toast, but they also have yogurt parfaits and hearty healthy add-ons like overnight oats or fresh fruit. You can tag on a poached egg or half-avocado to any AM order, and they do a couple of simple eggy breakfast sammies, too.

Address: 335 Burrard Street (Marine Building)
Address: 547 Robson Street

Heirloom Vegetarian

For a sit-down option, Heirloom’s daily brunch, served 9 am to 2 pm weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm weekends, is full of meat-free and plant-based options. Go for the hearty tomato-y and spicy Shakshuka (with an option to add-on a poached egg or silken tofu) or stick with a classic like their Ninja Bowl. Even their French Toast is a break from the sugary, dairy-laden versions you’ll find elsewhere.

Address: 1509 West 12th Avenue

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com