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The top 5 paleo friendly restaurants in Toronto

Most Toronto restaurants are not especially accommodating to the Paleo diet. Diners looking to mimic the presumed diet of early humans by loading up on meat, fish, fruits and veg, and avoiding dairy, grains and processed food are out of luck when it comes to fine dining, but should have no trouble at all satisfying lunch or a casual dinner out.

Here are a handful of paleo friendly restaurants in Toronto.

Impact Kitchen
The all-day eatery on King East is all about clean eating and the menu, while not exclusively paleo, promotes a diet of minimally processed and nutrient rich foods. Options like the Maverick power bowl are packed with an easily-digestible root vegetable mash, healthy fats from nuts and avocado, salsa fresca and an optional 4 oz. portion of lean but protein-rich shredded roast chicken.

Athletes Kitchen
Principles of the Paelo diet heavily influence the menu at this take-out shop in Liberty Village. Filling and nourishing options include grilled chicken over quinoa with chopped kale, sweet potatoes, avocado and shredded cabbage, and a bun-less burger wrapped in red cabbage leaves and served with a side of sweet potato wedges.

Oats & Ivy
Order take-out, delivery or catering from this Liberty Village eatery that can accommodate almost any diet or restriction. Those avoiding grains and dairy will find the Moroccan quinoa lunch box is an excellent choice loaded with sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, green beans, onions, tomatoes, olives, raisins, chickpeas and fresh herbs. Add roasted chicken or wild trout for an extra hit of protein.

Kupfert & Kim
The vegan eatery offers a meat-free alternative that's still in line with principles of a Paleo diet. Get the aptly named, K&K Paleo Bowl for an influx of roast yams with baked hemp and sunflower balls accompanied by sauerkraut, fennel slaw and a medley of vegetables.

Crave Healthy Habits
The chain of eateries boasts multiple locations in The Path where signature steamed boxes and salad boxes can be customized to suit Paleo eaters. The Il Padrino, for instance, starts with a base of zucchini pasta and is topped with kale, brussels sprouts, pico de gallo, sweet potatoes and pecans. Add-ons include grilled chicken breast or salmon.

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