Delightfully Healthy Restaurants


Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer


Peoria has many delicious eateries—authentic Italian restaurants, high-end steakhouses, sports pubs, and Irish fare—we have no shortage of delicious food options. Unfortunately, it’s not all entirely healthy…..

Check out these restaurants offering fresh, delicious choices, so you can eat yummy foods without the guilt.

Looking for locations that offer clean recipes? Checkout:

CoreLife Eatery   {Peoria}   //   This health-conscious casual restaurant offers organic salads, grain bowls, and broth soups Monday through Sunday. Whether you’re an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just looking to feel great, this locally owned franchise is serving clean foods to boost your energy source.

Dang Banh Mi + Poke  {Peoria}   //   Dang Bang Mi + Poke is known for their tasty poke bowls made with simple, fresh ingredients. Poke bowls are a great healthy option, especially if you opt for a base of brown rice instead of white. This dish is high in lean protein, heart-healthy fats, and fresh vegetables like avocado, cucumbers, and edamame that are packed with fiber.

EatandEvolve Bistro  {Peoria}   //   The concept of meal prepping on weekends is popular amongst healthy-conscious, busy folks. But finding the time and dedication to plan and cook whole meals is another thing….. Luckily, Peoria has a woman-owned business dedicated to taking this weekly chore off your hands. EatandEvolve preps fresh, healthy meals weekly! With a revolving weekly menu dedicated to Whole30, clean eating, vegetarians and carb-conscious eaters, EatandEvolve makes healthy eating convenient and delicious! We highly recommend the chicken florentine crepes, the beef bourguignon, and the salmon croquettes w/lemon potatoes. *drool*

Peoria Nutrition Spot  {Peoria}  //  Want a snack that will leave you refreshed and energized? Skip the drag, Peoria Nutrition spot is serving smoothies, energy refreshers, protein donuts, and guilt and sugar-free snacks. Swing on by and pick up your favorite bowl, packed to the brim with protein!

Real Smooth Foods  {Peoria}   //   Located in Junction City Shopping Center, Real Smooth Foods makes eating healthy ridiculously easy. Each smooth includes two vegetables, more than 25g of protein, and a heart-healthy fat source. There are never added sugars, and are made gluten- and dairy-free. With amazing flavors like Watermelon Mojito, Apple Pie, Strawberry Basil, Peanut Butter Cup, Blueberry Muffin, Lemon Ginger, Coconut Cayenne, and Peppermint Bark, Real Smooth Foods with quickly become a daily staple for a fast, healthy, and sustaining pick-me-up.

The Queen of Squash {Peoria} //  Located in the Metro Centre, The Queen of Squash is a fresh take on eating and drinking well. Inspired by high standards for everyday eating by using locally sourced organic ingredients. Through our own mixture of fresh, healthy food; a fun, quirky ambiance; and a daily dose of laughter and inspiration, The Queen of Squash is more than a meal—it’s the best part of your day.

Need to cleanse? We recommend:

The Balanced Bee  {Peoria}   //   The Balanced Bee is a rare gem for the Peoria Area. This woman-owned Peoria business is way ahead of the health-conscious trends. The bone broth alone is designed with Food as Medicine and Performance Recovery in mind and is shipped nationwide due to its medicinal usage. Don’t take our word for it….if you’re feeling sniffly, achey or need a good cleanse, stop into The Balanced Bee for an elixir, custom cleanse, restorative broth, Bee Well liquid shot, cold-pressed juice, or healthy snack. This Metro Centre shop even has a FULL spectrum infrared and chromotherapy light booth for those looking for a healing or detoxifying sweat.

Sous Chef  {Peoria}   //   This specialty grocery store features local farmers and vendors from the Greater Peoria Area. This is your one-stop-shop for local organic produce, proteins and more. On any given day, this shop will have an assortment of beautiful locally sourced items like fermented garnishes, farm fresh cheeses, microgreens, spices, honey, eggs, fruit, wild mushrooms, herbs, wares, produce, and other local goodies. OH!, and did we mention the Sous Chef team has an onsite kitchen preparing imaginative, healthy, and delicious meals to grab and go? Make this spot a weekly occurrence—you won’t regret it!

Sunrise Health Foods  {Peoria}   //   This is a family-owned, locally operated organic grocery store located in the Metro Centre. Not only do they carry sustainably sourced groceries, but they also house a variety of natural supplements catered to your specific needs. Sunrise is an excellent spot to stock up on your cleaning needs and also offers nutritious and delicious soup and sandwich options daily.

How about an amazing restaurant with healthy sustainable options? Try:

Chef Moussa  {Peoria}   //   Chef Moussa prides itself on using locally sourced, nutritious ingredients to create flavorful and healthy dishes. Traditional Lebanese cuisine is made using lean proteins, healthy grains, and a variety of vegetables making many items off this menu a great choice for healthy-conscious diners. Chef Moussa also offers vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals.

Cyd’s in the Park  {Peoria}   //   The menu at Cyd’s in the Park is crafted from healthy, locally-sourced ingredients prepared fresh daily. The kitchen is whipping out an impressive and diverse collection of unique, flavorful, made-from-scratch dishes catering to carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Regardless of dietary requirements, Cyd’s homemade cooking offers healthy options for everyone.

Haddad’s Restaurant {Peoria}   //   Haddad’s Restaurant is proudly family owned and operated, with rich traditions and values that shine through their food. Haddad’s serves Lebanese cuisine, which includes an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins like lentils, fish, poultry, and lamb. From the earthy aroma of cumin and tahini to the refreshing pop of sumac, pomegranate, and lemon, Haddad’s cuisine is a flavorful healthy treat!

Jenin Village Restaurant  {Peoria}   //   This Mediterranean restaurant offers an abundance of options, all made with high quality ingredients. While Mediterranean cuisine is understood to be a unified culinary tradition, there is a vast amount of cultural variance in this regional cuisine. Jenin Village Restaurant serves heart-healthy dishes made with whole grains, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, herbs, and spices. With plenty of plant-based options, Jenin Village is an excellent choice for sustainable, flavorful, delicious meals.

Jerusalem Restaurant  {Peoria}   //   Jerusalem Restaurant offers a wide variety of fascinating and healthy dishes that satisfies both vegans and meat-eaters. Specializing in Middle Eastern fare, Jerusalem’s dishes are one of the healthiest options in the Peoria Area, since they incorporate lean proteins, healthy fats, vegetables, and grains into almost every dish. Stop in and introduce your palette to new and mouth-watering flavors, smells, and fixings.

Pho Noodle House  {East Peoria}   //   With fresh, wholesome, and nutritious ingredients, it’s no wonder Vietnamese cuisine is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.  Dishes at Pho Noodle House consist of lean proteins marinated in sauces that are abundantly flavorful, low in calories, low in fat, often gluten-free, and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. Stop in to Pho Noodle House to experience dishes flavored with herbs and spices you and your body will love.

Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe  {Peoria}   //   This funky, inviting space is an excellent option for flavorful healthy fare. Specializing in Cajun cuisine, Rhythm Kitchen uses a variety of natural ingredients, herbs, spices, and sauces to enhance lean seafoods and other healthy proteins. These Cajun and Creole dishes are highly seasoned, rather than just hot and spicy, and the menu offers bold tastes in a multitude of preferences: vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free to name a few. Check out Rhythm Kitchen for a guiltless dinner in a lively atmosphere.


Annalee Anderson, Guest Writer
Discover Peoria, IL