The attitude, ‘eat healthy - feel healthy’ is embraced by the newly opened Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant, which also houses The Vidya Centre For Yoga & Wellness. Apart from the healthy and delicious food offerings, this picturesque venue in Thornton, ON offers yoga classes, pilates, massage therapy, group cleanses, coaching and overnight retreats.

Attached to a pleasingly understated yoga studio, and complete with value-added options like nutritional consultation, an infrared sauna, and a taproom-cum-elixir bar offering organic beverages and fresh-made juices, Vidya's charm is her admonition to be, eat, and fare well. This gourmet restaurant offers delicious, nutritious, organic, and 100% gluten-free dishes. Vitality asked a couple of our ‘foodies’ to pay a visit and here’s what they had to say:

“Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant offers healthy, clean, and conscious dining, with no sacrifice in pleasure or satiation. Its tastefully cheeky menu is more varied than one might expect and boasts fusion cuisines from around the world, forged with ingredients from around the corner (and closer - much of Vidya’s fare is sourced from its own garden). Fittingly situated in a former steakhouse, Vidya and her staff breathe new life into old but elegant bones. Faves: Maria's beautifully umami Mushroom Pierogis, and Coconut Kefir Cream Pie, a unique and tart take on an old favourite. Namaste, cheers, and bon appetit!”

Details: 238 Barrie St., Thornton (just south of Barrie). Call (705) 458-2000, or visit

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