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Most food is ei­ther tasty or good for you. These 20 items, sourced from the city’s most pop­u­lar health shops and restau­rants, hap­pen to be both

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Char­coal juice im­pact kitchen

Ac­ti­vated char­coal, the most In­sta­grammed in­gre­di­ent of 2017, is re­puted to ab­sorb tox­ins and maybe even pre­vent hang­overs. It also turns any­thing an inky black, in­clud­ing this juice, which packs a green­gro­cer’s worth of veg. It looks like paint wa­ter, but the taste is sur­pris­ingly ver­dant. $7.95–$11.95. 573 King St. E., 416-306-1986, im­pactk­

Su­per­food gra­nola Live or­ganic

If you have trust is­sues with su­per­mar­ket gra­nola, so of­ten jacked with sug­ars and streusel, this mix of gluten-free oats, seeds, nuts, co­conut flakes, goji berries and raisins is for you. And be­cause it’s pre­bi­otic (google it), it’s fuel for the pro­bi­otics that keep your di­ges­tive sys­tem happy. $9.50. 264 Dupont St., 416-515-2002, live­or­gan­ic­

Maca smoothie revitasize

Maca root is a Peru­vian herb and pur­ported li­bido booster (re­sults may vary). Ei­ther way, it makes a damn tasty drink, with raw cashews, al­mond or peanut but­ter, dates, raw ca­cao, ba­nana, and cin­na­mon. It tastes so good, you’ll won­der whether it’s more dessert than su­per­food slurry. $8.98. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions,

Bul­let­proof cof­fee ex­tra but­ter cof­fee

Caf­feine is good enough for most cof­fee junkies, but Bul­let­proof cof­fee ad­dicts swear by the en­ergy-boost­ing, pro­tein-stuffed ef­fects of blend­ing in a hunk of fancy but­ter. This one, with al­mond but­ter, is denser than a stan­dard-is­sue latte, with the per­fect bal­ance of creami­ness and bit­ter­ness. $5.75. 283 Ron­ces­valles Ave., 647-340-7791.

Kom­bucha-thyme cock­tail HellO123

Who says tequila can’t be part of a vir­tu­ous diet? This con­coc­tion mixes tequila with Moore kom­bucha, le­mon­grass and gin­ger. The ef­fect is as salu­bri­ous as it is in­tox­i­cat­ing. A splash of Amaro Mon­tene­gro and a sprig of fresh thyme add a herbal note. $11. 1122 Queen St. W., 416-532-3555, hel­lo123­for­

Fuel balls Fuel+

These dense, golf ball–size orbs are ideal for pre- and post-work­out. They’re pro­tein-packed, plant-based and gluten-free, and come in peanut but­ter–choco­late or sun­flow­ercin­na­mon va­ri­eties, clus­tered around puffed rice like spher­i­cal Rice Krispie squares. $1.50 each. 471 Church St., 647-352-8807; 469 Front St. E., 416-306-6480, fu­

Miyeokguk Kupfert and kim

This Korean-in­spired soup is a bona fide su­per­food bo­nanza, swamped in nu­tri­ent-dense sea­weed and an­tiox­i­dant-rich kim­chee. It doesn’t smell very ap­pe­tiz­ing, we’ll ad­mit, but that’s how you know the fer­men­ta­tion worked. Plus, it does great things for your GI tract. $11.85. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, kupfer­tand­

Kelp noo­dles palm lane

Jelly-like and translu­cent brown, these capellini-style strands form the briny base of the pop­u­lar Umami Bowl. The taste is per­fect har­mony, the earthy min­er­al­ity of the noo­dles, nori, mush­rooms and miso off­set by the zippy Mediter­ranean tahini dress­ing and io­dine-rich kelp. $14.25. 55 Av­enue Rd., 647-349-1085, palm­

Acai par­fait bolt fresh bar

The vir­tu­ous acai berry is said to lower choles­terol, clear up skin con­di­tions and ad­dress erec­tile dys­func­tion. Here it’s com­bined with pineap­ple, ba­nana, gra­nola and chia seeds. The hearty scoop of whipped co­conut cream top­per is op­tional. $9.50. 1170 Queen St. W., 416-588-8103, bolt­fresh­

Co­conut yo­gurt elxr juice lab

Liv­ing a plant-based life­style no longer has to mean giv­ing up on the pro­bi­otic rich­ness of yo­gurt. These creamy par­faits, made mostly from co­conut, come in three flavours. Car­rot spice, our favourite, is loaded with med­jool dates, gin­ger, cin­na­mon, car­damom, cloves and nut­meg. $6.50. 2901 Bayview Ave., elxr­juice­

Kom­bucha THe WITCHeS BreW

Kom­bucha is a fer­mented tea of bac­te­ria and yeast that’s good for your guts. When made well, as at this Kens­ing­ton shop, it’s a slightly sweet and deeply cool­ing tonic that tastes like a re­ally good mock­tail. The pineap­pleg­in­ger va­ri­ety, with turmeric and cu­cum­ber, tastes like a health­ier ver­sion of Hi-C. $8. 160 Bald­win St., 416-599-8925, the­witch­es­

Blue lemonade FreSH

This drink’s strik­ing colour comes from Blue Ma­jik, a trade­marked brand de­rived from spir­ulina, a.k.a. blue-green al­gae, which is loaded with iron and B vi­ta­mins. Thank­fully, the con­coc­tion only looks like liq­ue­fied Smurf: the taste is close enough to pow­dered lemonade that you’ll for­get you’re drink­ing al­gae. $8. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, freshrestau­

Chia seed pud­ding bowl OJ’S

Chia seeds are high in fi­bre, omega-3s and an­tiox­i­dants. They’re nearly flavour­less when eaten plain—think slip­pery oat­meal—which is why OJ’s lay­ers on sliced straw­ber­ries, ba­nanas, blue­ber­ries, honey and gra­nola. It’s a light, vir­tu­ous break­fast that tastes bet­ter than it looks. $5.75. 120 Ade­laide St. W., 416-364-5083, ojs­

Bone broth pulp ON pOrT­laNd

It’s full of col­la­gen, glu­cosamine and other stuff that’s said to be good for your joints. But its most ap­peal­ing fea­ture is taste: this one, made from or­ganic chicken bones, is rich and sat­is­fy­ing, with a whack of basil, rose­mary and other herbs. It’s guar­an­teed to warm your bones on a mid-win­ter day. $8. 67 Port­land St., 416-340-0067, popjuice­

Nut milk MYlKO

If cow’s milk is too dairy for your diet, this raw, un­pas­teur­ized nut “mylk” is a mous­tache-wor­thy al­ter­na­tive. The al­mond-cashew-co­conut flavour, with a pinch of Hi­malayan salt, isn’t as smooth or creamy as the bovine orig­i­nal, but it’s denser, with a mild flavour that works with cof­fee or ce­real. $10 for 500 mL,

Turmeric latte GreeN­HOuSe JuICe CO.

Turmeric, the bright-yel­low spice, has shed its rep as a mere soup en­hancer to be­come some­thing closer to an all-pur­pose mir­a­cle sub­stance. A dose of the raw juice is the in­take method of choice for diehards, but it goes down much easier in latte form, blended with al­mond milk and gin­ger. $4.95. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, green­house­

Magic mush­room tea NuTBar

Chaga is a mush­room (non­hal­lu­cino­genic) that true be­liev­ers swear by for low­er­ing choles­terol and boost­ing im­mu­nity. This cold tea from Nutbar, made with bur­dock root, dan­de­lion, cin­na­mon and car­damom, gives off an earthy, au­tum­nal punch, with a hint of umami from the chaga. $4.75. 1240 Yonge St., 416-519-2700,

Hemp smoothie THe FIx aNd CO.

Yes, there are more pop­u­lar ways to con­sume cannabis than by eat­ing hemp seeds. But when blended into smoothie form, they de­liver tons of pro­tein and fi­bre with­out the THC wal­lop, which is neg­li­gi­ble. We like the Fix’s straw­berry, pear, mint, co­conut yo­gurt, acai pow­der and hemp milk op­tion best. $10. 1 Thir­ti­eth St., 416-259-7525, the­

Switchel FalSe Ox

Health nuts are shoot­ing straight ap­ple cider vine­gar these days, for its pur­ported weight-loss qual­i­ties. A less ag­gres­sive op­tion: a swig of this cool­ing con­coc­tion, made with ap­ple cider vine­gar, gin­ger and or­ganic cane sugar. And (avert your eyes, purists) it goes very well with rum or bour­bon. From $4. Find re­tail­ers at

Peanut but­ter oats IQ FOOd CO.

Plain oat­meal sim­ply doesn’t cut it these days. Not when you can turn your porridge into a finely tuned de­liv­ery mech­a­nism for all kinds of mi­cronu­tri­ents by adding chia seeds, peanut but­ter, al­mond milk, raw honey, ba­nana and even more peanut but­ter to a cup of steel-cut oats. $5.23. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, iq­

maca root is a rel­a­tive of the radish and has a but­ter­scotch scent

raw co­conut has sig­nif­i­cant amounts of di­etary fi­bre. man­ganese helps in the for­ma­tion of strong bones

toxin-trap­ping char­coal is made by burn­ing co­conut shells, saw­dust, peat, petroleum coke, coal or olive pits

A small hand­ful of al­monds packs six grams of pro­tein and four grams of fi­bre

turmeric con­tains cur­cumin, a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant with anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties

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