Go Green and Get Healthy at Healthy Planet!By Meghan Gribben
I have stopped by Healthy Planet on the Danforth a few times since I have started at Centennial College. There aren’t many great food places near the school; there’s mainly fastfood joints with few vegetarian options. Healthy Planet, though, is local, convenient, and healthy.
Healthy Planet is a grocery store as well as an eatery. Specifically, they sell “vitamins, supplements, health, and beauty” products. They are committed to healthy foods and a greener environment. They only deal with socially responsible manufactures and distributors. This is the kind of grocery where you can get coconut oil, kale chips, and an organic juice smoothie—all at the same time! They sell eco-friendly products and carry a large selection of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free items. Got a special Did I mention there is also an espresso and juice bar?
Opening up in the summer of 2012, Healthy Planet is still relatively new. Speaking with the friendly employees, they mentioned they would be adding lunch specials soon, since students from the college are coming more frequently.
The best part about Healthy Planet is their hot table and salad bar. They charge by the kilogram, and my plate full of deliciousness (pictured below) only cost $6.50. All the items are made in-house in the mornings, and everything is vegetarian friendly. I love that you can load your plate with a variety of items and not just chose one dish—there was so much to choose from, and I wanted to try everything!
On my plate, clockwise from top:
Barley salad, black bean salad, wheat germ and lentil salad, brown and wild rice, gorgonzola gnocchi, and quinoa salad.
Healthy Planet’s rotating food service includes salads, hot dishes like pastas and rice, gluten-free pizza, and samosas. There is always something new to try.
Next time I’ll be getting a smoothie!
568 Danforth Avenue
(Danforth / Carlaw)
416 465 9998
647 873 1204