Short On Time Is No Excuse With These Go-to To-go Restaurants

I've decided to put together for you a list of Toronto's best and healthiest take out restaurants that will help you stay on track while you're on the go. These restaurants are scattered around the city so wherever you may be and wherever you've going, there's an option for you.

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IQ Food Co.

With multiple locations around the city and a few in the financial district, this is a great option for those running in between meetings who need a good pick-me-up.

Location:100 King St. W
100 Wellington St. W
181 Bay St.
18 York St.
55 Avenue Road

What we’d order:

Oven roasted steelhead salmon, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, shredded red cabbage, charred broccoli, pickled onions, organic microgreens, lime juice, spinach, brown rice, sriracha vinaigrette
*This option is gluten free and also high protein with a great dose of Omega 3 to help with inflammation.
*Ask for dressing on the side and dress with half the amount if you're managing your fat intake

Spinach, kale, cucumber, parsley, celery, lemon juice, chia, coconut water + pineapple (pro tip: remove the pineapple if you’re looking for straight greens)


For tracking purposes: add 1 tbsp olive oil to account for hidden fats potentially used to roast the potatoes or the salmon


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Fresh Restaurants

Toronto's original source for modern vegan food, made-to-order juice and organic, raw, cold-pressed juices and nut milks.

Location: 147 spadina ave.

What We’d Order:

Steamed kale, bok choy & swiss chard

, marinated tofu cubes & adzuki beans, toasted nuts, lemon and tahini dressing, dressing on the side
*This dressing is high fat

. Ask for it on the side or simply sub with lemon juice and balsamic vinaigrette.

kale•romaine•spinach•apple•ginger•lemon•banana•raw almonds
*Added Vega protein boost


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Spark Fresh Bar

Spark, formerly Fueled Espresso and Fresh Bar, opened across from the Ossington subway station in place of an old convenience store. It offers commuters a bit of morning zing caffeine, fresh juice or smoothies, or stop by later in time for lunch and dig in to one of their rice boxes or hearty salads.

Location: 739 ossington avenue

What We’d Order:

Almond Lime dressing, carrots, fennel slaw, beets cucumber, tomatoes, pickled onion, smoked hummus, avocado, mixed nuts
*add 1-2 eggs

*If you’re watching your fat intake, hold the mixed nuts, avocado or both. Dressing on the side.

Oats, banana, peanut butter, cinnamon vegan protein agave, almond milk
*add extra protein boost



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Flock Rotisserie and Greens

With multiple current locations and a couple new ones on the way, this is a fantastic choice for those who are looking for a great source of naturally raised, freeof hormone and antibiotic chicken.

Locations: 330 adelaide st w
97 harbord st
67 richmond st
175 bloor st
661 university ave

What We'd Order:


Romaine Hearts & Baby Spinach, Steamed Squash, Marinated Black Beans, Daikon, Pickled Onions, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Soy Beans, Cilantro, Goji Berries, Crispy Chick Peas, Sunflower Seeds with Carrot/Ginger/Soy Bean/ White Miso Dressing
*add chicken

On the side: Steamed Edamame
* A great clean source of protein


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Impact Kitchen

CrossFitters, Paleo lovers, this one's for you. Impact Kitchen offered minimally processed, nutrient dense real food that's paleo. They also offer lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. If you're not following a paleo diet, Impact still offers great options providing you with balanced, wholesome meals on the go.

Location: 573 King St E, Toronto

What We'd Order:


  • Protein: steak or chicken or falafel or salmon
  • Greens: arugula or spinach
  • Carb: roasted sweet potato or quinoa or rice
  • Dressing: balsamic & olive oil or lemon & olive oil
    * dressing on the side - just balsamic hold the oil if you’re cutting fat

I also recommend checking out their collagen chocolate pudding. It's nothing like anything I've ever had before and so delicious.


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The Big Carrot

The Carrot Kitchen is The Big Carrot Natural Food Market’s new eatery and food service department. They are proud to serve our community fresh, local and organic dishes.

Daily our cooks create a healthy selection of fresh, innovative dishes with ingredients sourced from many local farmers and producers. They use organic ingredients when ever possible.

With a variety of dishes suitable for many specific dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, made without gluten and/or dairy, there's something for everyone.

In addition to traditional vegetarian dishes, theres a new  food service concept including:

Salad Bar, Hot Food Bar, Sandwich Bar, Taqueria, 4 daily soups and stews, Dozens of Grab & Go snacks and meals, Rotisserie Organic Chicken,Pastries and Desserts

Location: 348 Danforth Ave


What We’d Order:

We'd go for a bowl filled primarily with greens and lean protein. Prioritizing nutrients and protein first will help keep you fuller, longer.  Thena carb source (roasted potatos, sweet potato or a half cup of a rice dish on the side, or a bean dish) with light balsamic dressing drizzled on top. Having access to a self serve salad bar provides you with tons of options but it's easy to get carried away. Stick to simple foods so you know exactly what you're eating.


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The Goods

The Goods offers vegan, organic, gluten free and nut free options. They offer raw, paleo, low glycemic, sugar free, grain free, soy free options. Really, it couldn’t get cleaner.

Location: 1255 Dundas Street West

What We’d Order:
Spicy and hearty chili with tomato, peppers, spices, brown rice, black eyed peas, kale, corn, peas, celery, leeks and carrots
*Black beans give you a good dose of protein while chili is the best for this time of year!


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XO Bisous

Location: 60 Adelaide St. East, Toronto

What We’d Order:
The frittata (subbed with egg whites, if available)
The Harvest salad with addition protein and the vegan protein bar


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The Grow Op

"This is the Grow Op. Where good juice isn’t bought, it’s grown. By farmers who produce better produce. The stuff nature intended. Because sometimes being better is just that simple"

Location: 222 Ossington Ave Toronto

What We’d Order:

Pineapple/Spinach/Apple/Chlorella/Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

*add 2x hemp protein for a boost

raw zucchini noodles/ roasted almond slivers / green onion / sesame seeds / cilantro / baby spinach/ vegan bean ball / house made almond butter dressing
*tip: for extra protein, ask for falafel balls on the salad
*for less fat, ask for dressing on the side


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Garden Gangsters

Previously called Evolution Food Co. you can walk in or Uber Eats from these guys providing you with anything from acai breakfast bowls, breakfast toast, salad bowls and smoothies.

Location: 12 Market St.
171 East Liberty st. 127A

What We'd Order:

Quinoa, greens, cauliflower, tomato, caramelized onion, sweet pepper, feta, mint, roasted bell pepper vinaigrette.
*add chicken for protein

Overnight oats, vanilla almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla bean, blueberry, blueberry drizzle.
*(pro tip, add your own protein powder into the mix and make it a high protein breakfast)


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The Basil Box

The place is for those of you who like OPTIONS! With multiple locations (and even more soon), and the ability to create your own dish, Basil box provides us with tons of fresh ingredients you can put together into your own custom dish.

351 Yonge Street
441 Queen Street West
410-466 Bathurst Street opening soon
200 Bay St, Toronto opening soon

What We'd Build:

Spring Mix

This nutrient-rich mix of baby lettuces, greens, and radicchio blends slightly bitter flavours with soft, tender leaves and crisp textures. It’s a great place to begin your box.

Sautéed Peppers

Red and green bell peppers sautéed with a pinch of salt and pepper. Classic and colourful.

Roasted Edamame

Garden-fresh edamame oven-roasted to bring out the full flavour of these tasty vegetables.

Lemongrass Chicken

Tender chicken, marinated daily with an exotic blend of lemongrass, garlic and coriander.


Chili Lime Shrimp

We cook our succulent shrimp with Sriracha chili sauce and fresh lime juice for shrimp with a bit of a kick!

Our Sweet Chili Lime sauce packs a punch. We combine chili peppers and fresh lime juice to bring some heat to our sweet sauce.
*on the side

Pickled Veggies

This colourful blend of pickled carrots & daikon radish is refreshingly sweet and tart.


We hope that the next time you're on the go, you choose one of these TASTY and QUICK options.


For more ideas on how to live a more healthy, balanced lifestyle while living a busy life, contact to book your FREE consultation to chat all things nutrition and lifestyle.

Robyn Marie