9 Healthy Food Options in Westchester to Kick-Start a Holistic 2020

It’s time for cold-pressed juices, cleanses, and meal-plan programs — and there are plenty to choose from around the county.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, perhaps you’re feeling remorseful for eating a second slice of pie, downing that extra mug of eggnog, or attacking yet another tempting cheese platter.

Fortunately, there are a host of spots throughout the county where you can embrace the clean-eating trend, with whole, minimally processed foods that make it easy to reset and kick off healthy and delicious eating in the new year.


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BeWies Holistic Market

430 Bedford Rd, Armonk; 914.273.9437

Health-conscious consumers can eat and shop at this store owned by mother-daughter team Amy Berman and Julie Wiesen, who believe that total health and well-being are largely influenced by what you put in your body. At BeWies, the offerings are mostly organic, whole foods, prepared fresh daily, with some vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free choices. Sip the Radiate juice, with kale, cucumber, and apple; munch on salads or turkey sandwiched between baked sweet potato slices; and pick up some lentil pasta or granola to-go.


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Good Choice Kitchen

147 Main St, Ossining; 914.930.1591

Chef-owner Laurie Gergshon opened her organic, vegan café in Ossining two years ago. She buys from local, organic farms, listed on the café’s wall, for her plant-based, dairy-free, and mostly gluten-free menu. Try the protein power hot cereal with quinoa, millet and amaranth; a Peace Bowl with avocado, yam, sprouts, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, raw shredded veggies and miso-tahini dressing; or build a plate centered around tempeh, a patty of the day, grains, or vegetables.


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Granola Bar

96 Purchase St, Rye; 914.709.4229

Granola Bar bills itself as “the intersection of healthy and indulgent.” Breakfast on a multitude of egg dishes, avocado toast with tempting toppings, or yogurt parfaits made from Greek, coconut or cashew yogurt (the latter made in-house). Or lunch in the bright, airy space on a sandwich, served on gluten-free or house-made paleo bread, or a salad bowl with salmon.


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Green Life

266 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.341.1725

“Eat Well, Live Well” is the ideology behind this fast-casual, healthy food diner owned by three brothers from Harrison. Create a salad from an array of ingredients or choose one from the menu, which features all-day breakfast egg dishes, soups, bison burgers, and protein bowls. Juice cleanses and custom or pre-fixe meal-prep programs, created by Green Life’s nutritionist, are also available. And regulars can become a GIP, or Green Life Important Person, and set goals with a health and wellness coach.


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Organic Pharmer

15 Rye Ridge Plz, Rye Brook; 914.481.4300

In keeping with Organic Pharmer’s underlying principle that food is medicine, the menus, cleanses, cellular-renewal diets, and meal programs at this bright store in the Rye Ridge shopping center were created with Dr. Susan Blum, a functional medicine doctor at the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook.

Look for infused cold-pressed juices and nut milks, protein shakes and mung-bean fusilli with kale pesto. A five-day “phasting” cycle cleanse is based on tenets of intermittent fasting.


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Playa Bowl

15 Park Pl, Bronxville; 914.652.7181

465 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville; 914.495.3438

Bowls of touted superfoods pitaya and açai — think açai showered with granola, blueberries, strawberries, and honey — are the main draw here. The large menu also features kale or coconut bowls along with other options, like chia pudding with cacao, granola, peanut butter, and banana, or a matcha smoothie with pineapple and coconut milk.

The knowledgeable staff offer tastes of unfamiliar ingredients, so you can customize or mix and match your bowl.


The Pureganic Café

46 Purchase St, Rye; 914.517.0949

This vegan and paleo café offers plant-based food from its organic, kosher, gluten- and dairy-free kitchen. Try a bagel with carrot lox, order a lentil burger, sip a nut mylk, or choose from an appealing bar of 30+ seasonally rotating salads and entrées, including buckwheat-stuffed cabbage.

Meal plans and five kinds of cleanses are available; a nutritionist consultation will help you choose or customize.


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Root & Vine Juice Bar

4 Cedar St, Bronxville; 914.779.2905

All items featured at this cute, family-owned café with counter seating on a side street in Bronxville’s downtown are natural, organic and gluten-free. Try a power shot of tart cherry juice and turmeric to increase your cognitive function, reset with a cold-pressed juice cleanse, grab a smoothie with aloe or maca root, or choose from a variety of paleo and gluten-free baked goodies. They’ve got kombucha and cold brew on tap.


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Trailside Café

1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights; 914.302.7331

This month there’s a 10% discount on the various juice-detox plans at this cozy café steps from Yorktown’s North Country Trailway. The Trailside RX for Health program offers a nutritionist consultation. If you’ve never tried a juice, the Foreigner, made from carrot, beet, apple, and ginger, is popular. There’s also a gluten-free menu, organic coffee, smoothies (add activated charcoal or bee pollen), paninis, frittatas, and treats from neighborhood organic baker Mustard Tree LLC.

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