Healthy Creations Cafe
Healthy Creations is a little hidden gem in Encinitas, CA! It’s the sister restaurant of Nectarine Grove in nearby Leucadia, and it’s similarly 100% gluten-free, mostly organic, with tons of locally-sourced ingredients. Healthy Creations is more vegan/vegetarian friendly.
Hmmm, do I like Healthy Creations or Nectarine Grove better? That’s a tough one. They’re both amazing and a little different from each other. Healthy Creations is lesser-known because it’s so hidden but once people find out about it they’re hooked. So it stays pretty busy.
Healthy Creations has fantastic paninis (on gluten-free focaccia that they make from scratch, of course). I got the grilled vegetable & pesto panini which has goat cheese, artichokes, and other good veggies on it! On a past visit I had the chicken curry sandwich. They also serve a very visit-worthy breakfast egg sandwich (breakfast is served all day by the way). So yummy!
I’ve tried their baked goods too, they are delicious and taste like homemade treats. They’re all gluten-free too!
The cinnamon roll with frosting is out-of-this-world, seriously. It’s the same one they serve in their other restaurant Nectarine Grove. They’ll heat up the cinnamon roll for you to eat there, or get it packed to go and heat it up at home in the oven then spread on the frosting. :) And I’m kinda addicted to the large chocolate chip cookies! Love their smoothies so much, there are amazing fruit and veggie ones. I recently tried the mint chip smoothie—it’s made with banana, mint, cocoa nibs, spinach, dates, coconut water, cashews, apple, hemp seeds, and veggie protein—wow, it’s better than mint chip ice cream!
Their great-looking quiches in the baked goods case are another item of note. As well as breaded chicken strips they sell frozen to take home with you. Just bake them for a great gluten-free meal for kids (or big kids!). I noticed people coming in for them. Their chicken is free-range, seafood is sustainable and wild-caught, and beef is grass-fed. This place is quickly becoming an obsession of mine!