The Balanced Blonde's Jordan Younger Shares Her Favorite Healthy Eateries In NYC & LA

Written by Leah Vanderveldt

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Jordan Younger, otherwise known as the Balanced Blonde, is a former vegan who now teaches, well, balance through her popular blog and book, Breaking Vegan. She's a self-professed wellness junkie who's all about encouraging others to find the sweet spot where healthy meets happy.

A California native, Jordan lived in New York for a few years before returning to her roots in LA. On a recent visit to our offices in Brooklyn, Jordan shared with us her favorite fresh and delicious eats on both coasts.

New York City

Juice Press

I love the almond milk latte, which I used to get all the time before I stopped drinking coffee. They have some of my favorite smoothies, like the vanilla protein with kale and spinach, the Green Light, which I got this morning, with no dates and one banana—I'm very particular.

Juice Press, various locations

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Gingersnap's Organic

I'm hosting my book signing here. Jamie, the owner, is a close friend of mine; she game me a lot of support when I was transitioning from veganism. She gave me a lot of advice because she had done the same transition years ago. And I just love her food. It's across the street from Moto Yoga, which is my spot.

Gingersnap's Organic, 113 West 10th Street, New York, NY

Candle 79

My mom and I discovered this place before I moved here years ago while I was apartment hunting. I was vegan back then. I was like, oh my god vegan food THIS good—that's crazy. New York is so good for healthy food; it's almost better than LA in some ways, really.

Candle 79, 154 East 79th Street, New York, NY

Spring Street Natural

It's amazing; it's a great restaurant for people in a group—because there's something for the plant-based vegan, the non-vegan, the Paleo person.

Just last night, I had tofu vegetable teriyaki stir-fry, and my mom had the chicken burger.

Spring Street Natural, 98 Kenmare Street, New York, NY

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Hu Kitchen

I used to lived around the corner from here when I lived in New York; it was an everyday situation.

Hu Kitchen, 78 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Peacefood Cafe

They have the best smoothies and gluten-free vegan desserts and all that good stuff.

Peacefood Cafe, 41 East 11th Street, New York, NY

Los Angeles

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Cafe Gratitude

It's my number one. I know it's a cliche, but I actually eat there at least twice a week, probably more. Whether I'm in the mood for a salad or a bowl of grains or beans, they're just so great for that.

Cafe Gratitude, various locations

M Cafe

It's a macrobiotic restaurant that I go to a lot; it's great because I can walk there from my apartment.

M Cafe, various locations

True Food Kitchen

They have a couple of different locations; there's a good one in Santa Monica. This is another good one for a group because they have meat but also a lot of great veggie dishes.

True Food Kitchen, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, California

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Gracias Madre

It's great; it's the Mexican version of Cafe Gratitude. The have a cool bar and, generally, just a cool vibe and atmosphere—which is different from most vegan restaurants.

Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California

Sugarfish & Katsuya

I eat sushi a lot, so I have a few go-tos.

Sugarfish, various locations

Katsuya, various locations

Juice Crafters

Is where I get my smoothies, juices, and acai bowls—they're so good there.

Juice Crafters, various locations

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Alfred Coffee

Every day—except I get tea.

Alfred Coffee, various locations

Favorite Easy Meal to Make at Home?

If can get it together on a Sunday to make a big batch of black beans or rice, I'll have that with coconut-oil-sautéed vegetables, topped with different sauces from the farmers market—like sriracha or a bean dip. It's so good. I also always throw together green smoothies, of course; it's so easy.

The way I eat sounds so vegan, but it's not! It's just my preference most of the time.

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