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Healthy Food in Ajijic

A Mexican Town w/ Healthy Food - Vegan, Organic & Gluten Free

I've traveled to Ajijic three times before. I never remembered this as a good "healthy eats" town. But, boy have I been in for a pleasant surprise this time around! So many delicious healthy food options - Vegan & Organic Restaurants, Health Food Stores, Gluten Free Options, Organic Farmer's Market! Something at every corner. And not your so-called healthy food...you know the low fat crap or the the vegan boca soy burger that is terrible. I'm talking, real ingredients, real food & nutritious!

So, I've compiled a list along the way of some of my favorites. Hope this helps others that are looking for healthy vegan restaurants and grocery stores in Ajijic.

Who knew Ajijic would be such a foodie & vegan mecca!

Oh, and Avocados are cheap and plentiful here. Heaven!!

Health Food Grocery Stores in Ajijic

El Granero - Tucked away on the corner, it's a tiny store, but full of spices, grains, free range eggs and a freezer stocked with pre-made meals (Carrot Ginger Soup, Vegan Burgers (non soy), Lentil Soup and many other items - it seems that they stock with with a variety and ever-changing, but we found they make delicious easy meals...heat & serve!). They also have some other hard to find basics - Raw Almond Butter (no sugar or salt!), Coconut Butter, Apple Cider Vinegar...to name a few. They also have a stash of vegan & gluten free cookies and chocolates, as well as a small section of lotions and beauty products. Bring cash, they don't accept credit card.

Alkimia - A cute little grocery store & coffee shop, stocked with pre-made frozen & refrigerated foods (not to be confused with brand name packaged goods...the food they have here is locally made and brought in!). They also have a variety of dressings, nut butters and oils and Ghee. I purchased my Moringa Powder from here and noticed there is a section of Essential Oils, Soap & other beauty products. They also have a delicious section of breads - some of which are gluten free. I can't tell if there is a little cafe with a menu...I'll have to report back on that!

SuperLake Grocery Store - I was pleasantly surprised. This medium-sized grocery had quite a few organic and gluten free and Bob's Mill type options. They carry Braggs ACV and some the local brand "Canadian Brew", which has probiotic drinks, sauerkraut, etc.

Organic Farmer's Market

Tuesday Organic Market: I can walk to this...need I say more! But luckily, this last Tuesday morning when my family went to the market, we drove to it - thank goodness because we walked out barely being able to carry everything we had purchased. The market runs on Tuesday mornings in West Ajijic - just off the carratera, from 10am-Noon. It's small but high quality. Some veggies, fresh herbs, greens and eggs, but much more than that - vegan & gluten free breads, fermented foods (sauerkraut, garlic, kimchi), Probiotic Drinks, real cacao (this has become my new go-to chocolate here: Luna Cacau ); Desserts, Lots of Pre-Made Foods

Location: Entrance is in same complex as the restaurant "Mariscos Peter" in West Ajijic

Hours: Tuesdays 10am-Noon

Healthy Restaurants in Ajijic

Healthy, Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic Restaurants in Ajijic ... who knew there would be so many amazing choices. They aren't super cheap, but much less expensive than back in the US and for the quality, you can't beat these amazing options for healthy food in Ajijic & Lake Chapala!

Ol-lin Vegan: Location just changed to San Antonio, little neighborhood between Ajijic & Chapala. All Vegan, All Delicious. I believe they are working on a new menu, but we've tried the pizzas (with homemade nut cheese), vegan ceviche, jackfruit tacos, vegan burger, mole... and every single thing has been yummy. You can even order Vegan Ice Cream by the Liter! Just give them a few days notice and pick your flavors - it's made to order... No Soy! They also have an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet on Sunday mornings - YES - unlimited homemade vegan food!! Send them a facebook message or call to make a reservation- they give you a discount for the Sunday Buffet (and no, it's not a buffet stand, it's made to order - unreal!)

Casa Domenech: I was looking for a healthy brunch place in West Ajijic and found this one - a block from Hotel Danza del Sol. On Saturdays, they have all-you-can-eat Enchiladas & Cacao Drinks. Not gross heavily cheesed stuff that make you feel terrible afterwards. Delicious, made to order enchiladas (meat, vegan, gluten free, vegetarian...your pick) + your choice of homemade sauces (the green & the mole are my favorites). The best enchiladas I've ever had. Seriously. And then to top it off - you get unlimited cacao drinks (Luna Cacau comes in to make them!) ... REAL chocolate, your choices of flavors (my favorites were the Carnaval Alegre (Mint, Vanilla & manteca de cacao) and No Me Olvides (Tequila, Pepper & Cayene) ... but you can't go wrong with any of them. I mean Chocolate + Tequila and Vegan Enchiladas ... need I say more!! Cute restaurant with bright fun colors of Mexico and the staff is super friendly!

Machi Ma - They have a little garden out back, if that tells you anything! Super cute cafe setting... white and bright! They use produce only when in season and mostly organic. They have vegan and Gluten Free Options, a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, acai bowls, breakfast & lunch (sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos & more) + some delicious looking desserts. Oh and a HUGE plus - they accept credit card, which basically means we can go twice as often!

Other Tidbits

When we travel to a new town (which is quite often!), I try to look at healthy food options. We travel full time and it's hard to stay healthy on the road, when it takes time to find the good "spots".

Here we talk about our 10 Tips for Eating Healthy on the Go!

As I mentioned in one of our tips, we usually use google maps and type in key words like "healthy", "vegan", "gluten free", etc. Sometimes, I get lucky, but I find some many places aren't listed. I've started to look into facebook groups in each town that are healthy living groups. I found a super helpful Plant-Based Vegan Community in Ajijic - a nice surprise for me! They are super helpful with recommendations, as well as influential in getting local restaurants to offer a vegan menu!

You can follow our travels on Facebook or Instagram or request to join my Healthy Living Facebook Group Here.

Above is my opinion and as is common in many towns, restaurants tend to change and come and go. I can only hope that the above stick around.

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