B.GOOD Toronto Review

Last Monday I was invited to kick off the week with a patio party at B.GOOD with some pals and some seriously delicious food. Obviously I grabbed my fellow health foodie friend Jaclyn and travelled all the way downtown to get in on the action.

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We actually have a B.GOOD up at Yonge & Eg, where I live, which I never really checked out before (why??) but ever since learning about their menu, and meeting the cool people behind this company I've already been back. Like, multiple times.

This is not your average burger joint (but they do have great burgers when the mood hits), absolutely everything on their menu can be gluten-free (!!!) and they have so many genuinely healthy options. When you walk in they even have a list of all the local farms that supply their ingredients (so cool, right?) 

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They took us on a tasting through their menu and I was so super impressed! I really had no idea that B.GOOD has so much to offer! Plus, they're really proud of the fact that they can accommodate anyone so if you're vegan, dairy-free, paleo, whatever, they're here for you.

Their dishes are chef designed, legit tasty food, but also clearly crafted with nutrition in mind. The fat, protein, fibre and greens game was on point. Take for example this Watermelon Feta salad...

 Ingredients: watermelon, feta, arugula, baby spinach, white bean salad (cannellinis, snap peas, corn, sun dried tomato), toasted corn, mint, balsamic glaze, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients: watermelon, feta, arugula, baby spinach, white bean salad (cannellinis, snap peas, corn, sun dried tomato), toasted corn, mint, balsamic glaze, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

... first of all, if you're thinking "WTF" I GET IT! I was all grimacing emoji when I saw this one come out. I thought, sure it looks cool but who puts cheese and watermelon together? Yikes...

Well, I had my mind blown because this combo is EVERYTHING. The salty feta, juicy sweet watermelon, and bitter greens just make sense together. Like they are long lost friends who just met up for a reunion and decided to throw an epic party in your mouth.

Then B.GOOD decided to up and ante and threw some white beans in! I love this because it adds a ton of blood-sugar stabilizing protein and fibre to the mix. This perfectly compliments a high glycemic ingredient like watermelon to create a low glycemic meal!

Wow, they scienced the heck outta that one and it's still insanely delish. Gold star.

 Ingredients: mesclun, avocado, grilled corn, tomatoes, black beans, toasted corn, chipotle puree, balsamic vinaigrette.

Ingredients: mesclun, avocado, grilled corn, tomatoes, black beans, toasted corn, chipotle puree, balsamic vinaigrette.

Okay but THIS salad, totally stole my heart. The Southwestern Chicken salad is SO LEGIT, I've actually gone back to B.GOOD multiple times in the last week to eat it (perfect for those nights I wrap up work for the day and realize I have no food in the house - whoops).

They say that the salad contains "toasted corn" which is basically like half-popped popcorn. One of my fave salad hacks that I always share with clients is to add popcorn instead of croutons for a higher-fibre, gluten-free crunch factor. I was so stoked to see this as an ingredient in many of their salads to replace typical croutons. 

They provide nutrition info for all their dishes and this salad clocks in at about 450 calories with 11g fibre and 26g protein, which is awesome. It checks all the boxes for protein (chicken), healthy fats (avocado), fibre (black beans), I feel super good eating it, it doesn't break the bank, and it's definitely my favourite item on the menu by far.

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All in all it was a awesome experience with awesome people and amazing food. I'm so glad I checked out B.GOODand I will for sure be back again (and again, and again...)

Photography by: Josh Tenn-Yuk curtesy of B.GOOD Canada

Disclaimer: B.GOOD generously sponsored this blog post. All opinions are completely my own (like always) and I do spend my own money there all the time. Of course, I'd never lead you guys astray.