Strolling around the South End is one of the best ways to spend a weekend afternoon. But sometimes, while you’re ducking in and out of stores and admiring the beautiful brownstones, you can get pretty hungry. Here’s a list of places to snag a healthy snack or two as you wander from Tremont to Columbus—because sometimes you just want a little sustenance rather than a heavy, sit-down meal.
South End Buttery (314 Shawmut Ave.; 312 Shawmut Ave.; 37 Clarendon St.)
The South End Buttery you know and love is the cafe, restaurant, and bar located at 314 Shawmut. The Buttery serves roasted Brussels sprouts, several salads, and a plethora of other small sides as healthy options. Next door at 312 Shawmut, you’ll find a market where you can pick up to-go options. Try the shaved kale and Brussels sprouts salad, which comes with fennel, almonds, currants, and a grapefruit vinaigrette. If you find yourself on Clarendon Street, stop by the Buttery’s cafe and market at number 37: They sell a yogurt parfait made with low fat-yogurt, homemade honey granola, and fresh mixed berries, as well as a seasonal chia pudding, which features almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and a hint of vanilla.
Formaggio (268 Shawmut Ave.)
It might be hard to stick with healthy choices when you head to Formaggio, given the wide range of chocolates, creamy cheeses, and baked goods. You can do it, though: Pick up some charcuterie (protein!), olives, or one of their rotating specialty salads to nosh on without feeling overly full.
Render Coffee (563 Columbus Ave.)
Render Coffee offers chicken or tabouli wraps that comes with tons of veggies, feta cheese, and balsamic dressing. If it’s a little pep in your step you need, they’ve got pour over coffees and espresso drinks, too.
Flour Bakery(1595 Washington St.)
Pastry chef and owner Joanne Chang’s bakery is another place that makes it hard to not give in to your sweet tooth. But it’s possible to stay strong: Grab a kale and farro—or quinoa and tofu—salad. Flour also offers a gluten-free menu and features a rotation of soups—perfect for a chilly spring day.
Whole Foods Market (348 Harrison Ave.)
If it’s a healthy snack you want, you can’t go wrong with a stop at the Whole Foods at Ink Block. Get some freshly cut fruit, pick up some sushi, or grab a freshly squeezed juice to drink as you continue on your way.
570 Market (570 Tremont St.)
Try a cup of the quinoa vegetable stew or a signature smoothie at this local market. The coconut-banana smoothie, made with fresh coconut water, bananas, and fresh dates, offers all-natural sweetness without tons of added sugar.