By Amanda Harper


Finding fresh food that shines a spotlight on fruit and vegetables can feel like a challenge, especially if you’re on the go. Fortunately, the Lexington dining scene has a number of great eateries that make choosing fruits, vegetables and smart proteins both convenient and delicious.

Steel City Pops

Popsicles on a health food dining guide?! Absolutely! Steel City Pops are made with fresh, locally-sourced, organic ingredients when possible and are sweetened with unrefined, organic cane sugar or honey. Their Watermelon Pop features real watermelon zazzed up with a squeeze of lime juice: best of all, it comes in at just 87 calories, making it a great alternative to many other summertime standbys.

111 Summit at Fritz Farm #110 | Lexington | 859.300.6986

Core Life Eatery

CoreLife was founded with the idea that fresh, thoughtfully-sourced ingredients should power your life. They use ingredients that are free of GMOs, HFCS, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Their Power Bowls are perfect for a pow of protein: choose from chicken, steak, roasted tofu, tuna poke or hummus, all served with your choice of green or grain base alongside roasted vegetables.

4040 Finn Way #110 | Lexington | 859.687.7975

The Press Juice & Health Bar

Searching for raw and cold pressed juices and juice cleanses? The Press offers all of this. Their menu tells you what the ingredients are known to help with: the Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Maca, Blue Majik and Cayenne Pepper juice is said to help with immunity, digestion, balancing hormones, energy and inflammation, all while adding a little protein. People in certain locations can also choose a juice membership subscription to get juice to their door each month. They also have a healthy lunch menu with salads and wraps.

191 Kentucky Ave. | Lexington | 859.317.8915 |

Good Foods Market & Café

It’s in the name. Good Foods specializes in local, natural, organic, non-GMO products and wholesome foods. The store supports over 250 Kentucky farmers and producers. Their café offers sandwiches, smoothies and juices while their salad bar and hot bar invites you to choose your own taste adventure. The menu on the hot buffet changes daily, so there’s plenty waiting to be discovered!

455-D Southland Dr. | Lexington | 859.278.1813 |

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen

Hot out there? Cool down with a fresh-made lemonade and a truly delicious salad from Vinaigrette. The Bluegrass Blackberry salad features a spring mix topped with crumbled feta, strawberries, apple chips, red onion, Knight’s pecans and a blackberry sorghum vinaigrette. They offer the option to add more to the mix, like roasted chicken or country ham.

Downtown | Hamburg | Palomar | Townley Center |