Does eating out feel like  a roadblock to health goals? In a city known for heavy food, it may feel overwhelming to navigate Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene for healthy options. However, staying committed to your health doesn’t always mean that you have to sacrifice quality and flavorful food. Here are 5 different restaurants to help you meet your health goals outside of the kitchen.

Smoothie King

1025 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA  or 1119 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA
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Smoothies are a great way to pack all of the important nutrients and energy in one meal. However, some popular smoothie chains and restaurants load their drinks with sugar and artificial ingredients. At Smoothie King, you’ll only find whole fruits, organic vegetables, and powerful proteins. Do you have diet restrictions? Smoothie King has options for customers following vegan, gluten-free, and keto diets. Pick from hundreds of customizable options and menu add-ins to make a drink that will not only make you feel good but taste delicious. Download the Smoothie King Healthy Rewards app to save $2 on your first order.

Live Fresh Juicery

114 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA

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Brett Gilliam, founder, and co-owner is a Homestead native who was eager to bring a healthy option to the area. Opening Live Fresh in 2019, Brett and his team serve up fresh and authentic cold-pressed juices every day. A few of the health benefits of cold-pressed juices include improved digestion, immunity, energy, and skin health. Live Fresh serves up a variety of juices, using fresh produce like beets and carrots, and offers a juice cleanse program. Smoothies, bowls, immunity shots, and more are also available.


305 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA  
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EatUnique has been a long-time favorite of Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh students, staff, and faculty since opening their doors in 1997. The majority of their food is locally sourced from Pittsburgh vendors, and their kitchen constantly dishes out organic, delicious meals. Their extensive menu boasts an impressive list of sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods, and seasonal drinks. I highly recommended the  “pick two” combination – a soup and sandwich for only 8.99. Be sure to top off your visit with one of their vegan cookies – well worth a trip to EatUnique for just that alone.

Reed & CO

4113 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA

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When you think of vegan food, your mind probably goes to plates piled high with kale and carrots. Vegan food is so much more than salads – Reed & CO. of Lawrenceville proves that. Their 100% vegan menu dishes up “cheesy” avocado toast, Impossible Meat chorizo breakfast wraps, poke bowls with beet tuna, and so much more. Explore the possibilities of plant-based dining by paying a visit to their walk-up window or order via your favorite food delivery app.

B52 Cafe

5202 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA

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Continue to explore vegan and vegetarian options by paying a visit to B52 Cafe. This cafe dishes up not only beyond decent vegan meals but killer coffees. Pair a flakey croissant or cinnamon roll with a plant-based latte to create the perfect Sunday morning brunch. If you’re looking for something more substantial, try a loaded sandwich with hand-tossed fries, stacked-high salads, or cauliflower wings. The options are seemingly endless, but your sweet or savory cravings can be curbed at B52. Order online or pay a visit today.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine began working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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