There’s a lot of information out there when it comes to choosing a place to eat brunch or dinner in Boston. But what if you just want to duck in somewhere for a snack rather than sit down to a long, heavy meal? Here’s a list of spots in the Back Bay that offer a range of various good-for-you eats, from smoothies to salads.
Sweetgreen (659 Boylston St.)
Sweetgreen, the made-to-order salad chain, offers signature salads, like the Avocobbo salad and the Rad Thai salad (a Pad Thai-inspired dish of greens). You can also build your own bowl, choosing from many of the fresh, locally grown ingredients the restaurant sources.
Fruitata (Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.)
Fruitata offers a number of smoothies that do’t have tons of sugar or ice cream. Try the Venice Vanilla, a smoothie made with kale, strawberry, pineapple, and banana. It’s mixed with raw honey and a bit of vanilla extract to give it a hint of sweetness. The low-fat yogurt base packs in some protein, too.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe (338 Newbury St.)
At Trident, try the maple nut granola and fresh fruit salad, served with either yogurt or milk. The juices won’t disappoint, either: The chia berry packs in lots of fruits—mixed berries, banana, pineapple, and cranberry juice—that will bring a bit of brightness to the Boston winter. Bonus: The bookstore surrounding the cafe is great for your brain, too.
Pavement (286 Newbury St.)
If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, look no further than Pavement. The coffee shop serves espresso drinks and coffees, both hot and iced. If you’re looking for something light to eat, the spinach salad comes on a bed of baby spinach with goat cheese, roasted rosemary walnuts, dried cranberry, and Pavement’s own house vinaigrette.
Smoothie King (314 Newbury St.)
Smoothie King’s menu is separated into categories like slim blends, fitness blends, and wellness blends. If you want to keep things light, try their lean strawberry smoothie, made with berries and enhanced with protein powder.
Jugos (145 Dartmouth St.)
Jugos offers a wide array of good-for-you drinks, such as their eponymous “Jugos’’ (juices), one being their mix of kale, cucumber, green apple, lemon, and ginger. The restaurant also offers shots of wheatgrass or ginger if you need to add a little zip to your day, as well as an acai bowl packed with antioxidants.
Thinking Cup (85 Newbury St.)
Another notable coffee shop on Newbury Street, Thinking Cup serves Stumptown Coffee, but also healthy food items like a vegan chia seed pudding.
Wagamama (Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.)
Wagamama in the Prudential Center offers a range of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soups and salads. The warm chili chicken salad is the perfect choice for a chilly winter afternoon—it features stir-fried chicken served with vegetables over a bed of baby gem lettuce.