New River North restaurant is the truth

Let’s face it: no one likes feeling bad. Yet, so many of us put things into our bodies that leave us feeling just that way. Why wait until the new year to resolve to get healthier? A new restaurant opens this month in Chicago’s River North neighborhood to help you get started now.

If you go

True Food Kitchen

Opening Nov. 22

1 West Erie Street, Chicago




Kale guacamole with pita chips

True Food Kitchen serves up vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in its sprawling loft-style eatery. The menu–which changes seasonally to deliver the freshest and most nutrient-rich flavors–features organic ingredients, bright colors and surprisingly delicious combos. Think kale guacamole, brightened with hints of pink grapefruit; gluten-free lasagna bolognese with refreshing lemon ricotta; and a rich and creamy squash pie with coconut whipped cream (drool-worthy and guilt-free!).

The choices for kids are equally as inspired. Stand-out options include an almond butter, banana and apple sandwich and a chicken teriyaki bowl. And in place of french fries and ketchup, your littles can munch on carrots with tzatziki sauce.

Every menu item is thoughtfully created by Executive Chef Michael “Sully” Sullivan and is based on the anti-inflammatory diet, a long-term wellness plan created by Dr. Andrew Weil, which aims to rid the body of chronic inflammation–the root of illnesses such as heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and even some cancers.

So what does that really mean? Well, in the short term, you can say goodbye to that bloated feeling and fog of sleepiness that settles in after a heavy meal (hello, Thanksgiving dinner). And long-term benefits include a stronger immune system, weight loss and slowing down the aging process.

When the food is that good and there are health benefits to match, you really can’t go wrong.

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