Metro-East Living

It's getting easier to find vegan, healthy options in the metro-east

A look at the steak and egg burrito from Clean Eatz. The franchise will open a location in Edwardsville later this month.
A look at the steak and egg burrito from Clean Eatz. The franchise will open a location in Edwardsville later this month. Provided

More options for vegans and healthy eaters continue to pop-up in the metro-east.

A vegan bakery recently relocated in O’Fallon, you’ll find more vegetarian options at one of the most popular restaurants in downtown Belleville and in Shiloh the franchise Crazy Bowls and Wraps continues to draw a crowd.

There's Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market in Fairveiw Heights and now Edwardsville will soon have the national franchise Clean Eatz, a restaurant and meal plan company known for its health-conscious menu.

How does an order of buffalo cauliflower sound?

The restaurant tosses Cauliflower florets in buffalo sauce and serves it with a healthier version of ranch dressing.

You'll also find "good for you" nachos. A popular snack made with sweet potato "chips" topped with shredded beef, guacamole, salsa, peppers and onions. (Of course, you can skip the beef if you are vegan.)

“I knew Edwardsville needed a healthier alternative,” Sara Sanderson said Wednesday. The working mother and franchisee plans to open Clean Eatz at 316 S. Buchanan St. later this month.

Sanderson will operate the restaurant with her sister in-law Cindy Sanderson. Salads, smoothies, wraps and a long list of healthy options on the menu along with Palo fudge and energy bars, too.

There’s also a menu for kids. Teriyaki Chicken Bowls, Taco Nachos, Here Fishy Fishy, and BBQ Beef Flatbread are served in reheatable containers that can be taken on-the-go.

Don and Evonne Varady built the franchise from the ground up. They started with a restaurant called Lo-Cal Café in Edwardsville in 2011, then Clean Eatz was launched in North Carolina a few years later. In 2015, the restaurant became a franchise.

Edwardsville is the 50th franchise location.

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