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L.A.-area restaurants that help you eat better in the new year

December 31, 2009|By Krista Simmons
  • RH is making the first day of 2010 easy with a Detox Brunch.
RH is making the first day of 2010 easy with a Detox Brunch. (Axel Koester / For The Times )

The end of the Aughts brings a clean slate, countless resolutions and the opportunity to work off that layer of excess marshmallow fluff and sugar cookies. Whether you've made the promise to live macrobiotically for the next year or are just looking to clean up your act after all of the holiday bingeing, these detox dining options will get you and your body off to a fresh start in the new year.

RH at the Andaz West Hollywood

(Brunch served 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Day)

Your resolutions may tend to be fruitless, but your morning-after drinks don't have to be. RH is making the first day easy with a Detox Brunch, featuring purifying nonalcoholic cocktails like the Green Smoothie (avocado, pear, arugula, lemon and ginger), the Mint Berry (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, wild mint and club soda) and the Organic Multivitamin Juice (blood orange, pomegranate and grapefruit juices). There's also the regular brunch menu for those with less austere dietary goals. 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 785-6090; www.westhollywood.hyatt.com.

Real Food Daily

(Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Year's Day)

Ann Gentry's cuisine at Real Food Daily has been a staple of healthy living in Los Angeles since the first location opened in 1993, and the Real Food Meal, based on the principles of macrobiotics, is the perfect way to kick-start any detox. It contains key elements of the Eastern dietary philosophy for longevity: brown rice, beans, greens, land and sea veggies, pressed salad, miso and soy sauce. Real Food Daily also serves other detox-conscious brunch dishes like the no-huevos rancheros or the gluten-and-wheat-free pancakes served with bananas and blueberries. 514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-7544, and 414 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 289-9910; www.realfood.com.

Agura

(Closed New Year's Day but available Jan. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.)

Though Agura won't be open New Year's Day, it will be serving ozoni, a soothing soup eaten to celebrate the Japanese New Year, on Jan. 2. Reputed to bring good luck and longevity, its key ingredient is mochi, a glutinous ball or square made from pulverized rice. And at only $8 a bowl, this soothing soup is good for your soul and your pocketbook. 514 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 289-1940; www.aguradining.com.

The Veggie Grill

(Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. New Year's Day)

The Veggie Grill wraps up plant-based food into a tasty little package, using substitutes like quinoa, tempeh and soy that are a great source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. If you're in for a quick, antioxidant-packed meal, the Veggie Grill's All Hail Kale salad is where it's at. It's made with organic kale, quinoa and walnuts candied in agave nectar. The Veggie Grill also serves sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts that are free of cholesterol, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup. 8000 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 822-7575; www.veggiegrill.com.

krista.simmons@latimes.com

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