Healthy Eating in Worcester

Steam Energy Cafe

A new restaurant in the Worcester food scene, Steam Energy Cafe specializes in fresh cold-pressed juices and blended smoothies, plus acai and grain bowls. In particular, the Steam House Acai Bowl is awesome. It costs about $9 and includes acai, banana, a variety of berries including strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, plus almond milk, house-made granola, and honey. They also offer a Steam Juice Cleanse program (ranging from 1 to 3 days), that includes the freshest and most nutrient-rich juices you can find.  Check out their page for all the details. Like most places these days, you can order online.

NU Kitchen

Nu Kitchen offers hearty breakfast items, great coffee, fresh smoothies, and some great salads and bowls. Located on Chandler St. in Worcester, Nu Kitchen is located about 10 minutes from WPI. In the morning try their Avocado Toast (toasted wheat, avocado, and red pepper flakes, with a pinch of salt and pepper) and then for lunch or dinner try the Kickin’ Kale Salad, which is both healthy and tasty. It includes a hearty mix of shredded kale, romaine, parmesan cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, avocado, buffalo sauce drizzle, crispy chickpeas, and a garlic-ginger sauce. Overall, the prices are reasonable and the selection is great. Plus, as an added bonus for time-strapped college students, you can order online.

Living Earth

A staple in the Worcester health food scene since 1971, the Living Earth “works towards helping consumers take the steps necessary to ensure a healthy lifestyle, consistently working to provide foods, wellness products and specialty items that are all natural, organic, and environmentally conscious.” Though on the smaller side (when compared to the local huge grocery stores), they are still well stocked with prepared food, organic produce, artisan cheese, meats and seafood, health and beauty supplies, vitamins and supplements, and bulk foods.

Farmer’s Markets

Of course, one of the healthiest ways to eat healthy is to cook your own food. Worcester has a few great farmers markets where you can get locally sourced fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and breads.  Check out the Canal District Farmers Market (Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon). It is fully stocked and awesome in the summer but is open year-round as well.  There is also a farmer’s market during Worcester’s Out to Lunch event on the Worcester Common, the 10-week concert series which brings music, local food, produce and art to the downtown area every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August. As an added bonus, the Common is located centrally to all the local colleges and situated along all major bus routes.