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Published Monday Feb 10, 2020 by Fitt

Eat Well, Be Well: All the Healthiest Restaurants in Denver

Wellness is trendy, meaning there are loads of local restaurants marking up their menus with healthy buzzwords to attract the masses to their tables. But which ones nail it and which ones miss the mark? We’ve sorted through the crowd to find you the healthiest and tastiest options our city has to offer.

Just BE Kitchen

Just BE Kitchen is known for its 100% gluten and grain-free menu, but this place is more than just a paleo paradise, it’s a clean-eaters dream. The cozy spot sits right by REI in LoHi and is teeming with good vibes. The menu changes seasonally, but they hang onto a few customer faves year-round, like a cleaned-up chicken caesar salad or wrap (with almond flour croutons or wrap and cashew dressing!) and a green chili burrito (with sweet potato hash and an almond flour tortilla). They’ve also got a bone broth bar, a legit lineup of bullet coffee options, and even a bar full of grain-free spirits and low-sugar wine.

Photo source: Just Be Kitchen Facebook

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Just BE Kitchen

Just BE Kitchen is known for its 100% gluten and grain-free menu, but this place is more than just a paleo paradise, it’s a clean-eaters dream. The cozy spot sits right by REI in LoHi and is teeming with good vibes. The menu changes seasonally, but they hang onto a few customer faves year-round, like a cleaned-up chicken caesar salad or wrap (with almond flour croutons or wrap and cashew dressing!) and a green chili burrito (with sweet potato hash and an almond flour tortilla). They’ve also got a bone broth bar, a legit lineup of bullet coffee options, and even a bar full of grain-free spirits and low-sugar wine.

Photo source: Just Be Kitchen Facebook

Whole Sol Blend Bar

Whole Sol Blend Bar boasts a 100% gluten-free menu loaded with super-nourishing bоls (that’s a super-fancy smoothie bowl), salads, and toasts (served on local Kim & Jake’s bread!). No matter your mood, meal, or craving, you’ll find something impossibly healthy to satisfy at Whole Sol. You can find them at Union Station, and two more locations in RiNo and Sloan's Lake in 2020. 

Photo source: Whole Sol Blend Bar on Google Maps

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Whole Sol Blend Bar

Whole Sol Blend Bar boasts a 100% gluten-free menu loaded with super-nourishing bоls (that’s a super-fancy smoothie bowl), salads, and toasts (served on local Kim & Jake’s bread!). No matter your mood, meal, or craving, you’ll find something impossibly healthy to satisfy at Whole Sol. You can find them at Union Station, and two more locations in RiNo and Sloan's Lake in 2020. 

Photo source: Whole Sol Blend Bar on Google Maps

True Food Kitchen

True Food equals real food. And no matter what diet you follow, you probably agree that real food is the way to go. True Food’s open kitchen in Cherry Creek looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and clean counters. All food follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, and all allergens are clearly marked. The menu changes with the seasons — you’ll never make a bad choice. 

Photo source: True Food Kitchen on Google Maps

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True Food Kitchen

True Food equals real food. And no matter what diet you follow, you probably agree that real food is the way to go. True Food’s open kitchen in Cherry Creek looks like you wish yours did: bright colors, prepped produce, and clean counters. All food follows Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory approach to eating, and all allergens are clearly marked. The menu changes with the seasons — you’ll never make a bad choice. 

Photo source: True Food Kitchen on Google Maps

Fooducopia 

Fooducopia sources most of its ingredients from its own 26-acre organic farm. The chef even brings fresh eggs to the Wash Park restaurant daily from his own pasture-raised chickens. As if that wasn't impressive enough, they also support other local farms and ranches to supplement what they can't do themselves, meaning your food is guaranteed fresh. The menu changes with the season, which translates into a creative and thoughtful menu that reflects the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Photo source: Fooducopia Facebook

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Fooducopia 

Fooducopia sources most of its ingredients from its own 26-acre organic farm. The chef even brings fresh eggs to the Wash Park restaurant daily from his own pasture-raised chickens. As if that wasn't impressive enough, they also support other local farms and ranches to supplement what they can't do themselves, meaning your food is guaranteed fresh. The menu changes with the season, which translates into a creative and thoughtful menu that reflects the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.

Photo source: Fooducopia Facebook

Modern Market

Modern Market is shaking up the notion that fast food is unhealthy. Their food is made with simple, whole ingredients purchased from local farmers, ranchers, and select suppliers that share their values. And it’s made in just minutes. At one of their many spots around Denver, you can try one of their loaded salads (with healthy house-made dressing), a fresh sandwich (on gluten-free bread, if you please), or a balanced plate (build your own with a protein and veggie sides). Wash it all down with some local kombucha, and you can be out the door in 10 minutes (and only spend $10). 

Photo source: Modernmarket.com

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Modern Market

Modern Market is shaking up the notion that fast food is unhealthy. Their food is made with simple, whole ingredients purchased from local farmers, ranchers, and select suppliers that share their values. And it’s made in just minutes. At one of their many spots around Denver, you can try one of their loaded salads (with healthy house-made dressing), a fresh sandwich (on gluten-free bread, if you please), or a balanced plate (build your own with a protein and veggie sides). Wash it all down with some local kombucha, and you can be out the door in 10 minutes (and only spend $10). 

Photo source: Modernmarket.com

Superfood Bar

Superfood Bar is a relative newbie to the health scene in Denver. Bringing their love from New Orleans, they set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. Their 100% gluten-free and vegan menu is packed with insanely nutrient-dense raw juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place. 

Photo source: Superfood Bar Denver Facebook

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Superfood Bar

Superfood Bar is a relative newbie to the health scene in Denver. Bringing their love from New Orleans, they set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. Their 100% gluten-free and vegan menu is packed with insanely nutrient-dense raw juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place. 

Photo source: Superfood Bar Denver Facebook

Green Seed Market 

Denver Central Market is full of some seriously cool local makers (and one hell of a bar). Green Seed brings the healthiness to the space with their loaded salads and bowls made with their own fresh produce. Pair your eats with a fresh juice or smoothie, and you’ve got a seriously delicious and nutritious meal. Fitt Tip: keep the healthy going and grab some of their produce to go so you can build another bowl at home! 

Photo source: Green Seed Facebook

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Green Seed Market 

Denver Central Market is full of some seriously cool local makers (and one hell of a bar). Green Seed brings the healthiness to the space with their loaded salads and bowls made with their own fresh produce. Pair your eats with a fresh juice or smoothie, and you’ve got a seriously delicious and nutritious meal. Fitt Tip: keep the healthy going and grab some of their produce to go so you can build another bowl at home! 

Photo source: Green Seed Facebook

Zeal

One of Boulder’s go-to stops for creative, good-for-you eats has finally made its way to Denver. Zeal set up shop in Greenwood Village, where they borrow some staple menu items from the OG spot while also introducing some brand new picks that we seriously can’t stop craving. The next time you’re in the neighborhood, pop in for chill vibes and a cold-pressed juice or healthy snack. Fitt Tip: happy hour is from 2:30–5:30 pm every day and includes both drinks and food. 

Photo source: Zeal Facebook

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Zeal

One of Boulder’s go-to stops for creative, good-for-you eats has finally made its way to Denver. Zeal set up shop in Greenwood Village, where they borrow some staple menu items from the OG spot while also introducing some brand new picks that we seriously can’t stop craving. The next time you’re in the neighborhood, pop in for chill vibes and a cold-pressed juice or healthy snack. Fitt Tip: happy hour is from 2:30–5:30 pm every day and includes both drinks and food. 

Photo source: Zeal Facebook

Watercourse

Watercourse has been serving up vegan eats in Capitol Hill since 1998. We’re pretty sure that’s before vegan was hip. Even in Colorado. Watercourse doesn’t rely on fake meats and cheeses to fill out their menu. Instead, they pack it full of deliciously tasty and original dishes that keep both vegans and carnivores coming back for more. And nothing keeps you coming back quite like the Southern Plate, with crispy cauliflower, kale salad, and (vegan) mac and cheese. Oh, and breakfast served all day. 

Photo source: Watercourse Foods Facebook

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Watercourse

Watercourse has been serving up vegan eats in Capitol Hill since 1998. We’re pretty sure that’s before vegan was hip. Even in Colorado. Watercourse doesn’t rely on fake meats and cheeses to fill out their menu. Instead, they pack it full of deliciously tasty and original dishes that keep both vegans and carnivores coming back for more. And nothing keeps you coming back quite like the Southern Plate, with crispy cauliflower, kale salad, and (vegan) mac and cheese. Oh, and breakfast served all day. 

Photo source: Watercourse Foods Facebook

The Corner Beet

The Corner Beet is a quaint, airy café in Capitol Hill with a delightfully minimalistic location in Cherry Creek. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices and simple, 100% organic vegetarian bites. You can spring for a variety of delicious juice combos that you can pair with a scrumptious salad or some tasty toast. Or mix up the juice game with a superfood latte, CBD tea, or golden milk. We promise you’ll leave feeling nourished and refreshed. 

Photo source: The Corner Beet Facebook

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The Corner Beet

The Corner Beet is a quaint, airy café in Capitol Hill with a delightfully minimalistic location in Cherry Creek. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices and simple, 100% organic vegetarian bites. You can spring for a variety of delicious juice combos that you can pair with a scrumptious salad or some tasty toast. Or mix up the juice game with a superfood latte, CBD tea, or golden milk. We promise you’ll leave feeling nourished and refreshed. 

Photo source: The Corner Beet Facebook

Vert Kitchen

Vert combines recipes from chef and owner Noah Stephens’ European travels, love for good food, classic French skills, and back-to-basics techniques. The menu is simple, delicious, and sourced primarily from local farmers and vendors. And while Vert has made its home on South Pearl in Wash Park, you’ll also find its grab-and-go boxes at Natural Grocers and a handful of other spots around Denver. 

Photo source: Vertkitchen.com

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Vert Kitchen

Vert combines recipes from chef and owner Noah Stephens’ European travels, love for good food, classic French skills, and back-to-basics techniques. The menu is simple, delicious, and sourced primarily from local farmers and vendors. And while Vert has made its home on South Pearl in Wash Park, you’ll also find its grab-and-go boxes at Natural Grocers and a handful of other spots around Denver. 

Photo source: Vertkitchen.com

Vital Root

Vital Root is a beautiful concept from the Root Down family, so you know it’s legit. At this Berkeley gem, healthy definitely isn’t boring. They’ve got a menu full of flavor-packed eats, pulling inspo from cultures around the world—from Mexican to Korean—and catering to all types of diets, from vegan to paleo. And if you’re short on time, swing by their grab-and-go cooler for good-for-you bites on the run. 

Photo source: Vital Root Facebook

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Vital Root

Vital Root is a beautiful concept from the Root Down family, so you know it’s legit. At this Berkeley gem, healthy definitely isn’t boring. They’ve got a menu full of flavor-packed eats, pulling inspo from cultures around the world—from Mexican to Korean—and catering to all types of diets, from vegan to paleo. And if you’re short on time, swing by their grab-and-go cooler for good-for-you bites on the run. 

Photo source: Vital Root Facebook

Mercury Cafe

This Five Points joint focuses on local, organic ingredients with loads of options for any kind of diet. They’ve been doing healthy the old-fashioned way since the 1970s, and they do it well. But Mercury Cafe (“the Merc”) is much more than a restaurant — they’ve got a calendar full of events, like weekly open mic nights, free community yoga and meditation, and lots of live music. 

Photo source: Mercury Cafe Facebook

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Mercury Cafe

This Five Points joint focuses on local, organic ingredients with loads of options for any kind of diet. They’ve been doing healthy the old-fashioned way since the 1970s, and they do it well. But Mercury Cafe (“the Merc”) is much more than a restaurant — they’ve got a calendar full of events, like weekly open mic nights, free community yoga and meditation, and lots of live music. 

Photo source: Mercury Cafe Facebook

Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

A fast-casual favorite in LoDo, Honor Society revitalizes traditional comfort food by adding in a wholesome, healthy twist. The menu is super customizable, letting you build the plate of your dreams from a variety of different proteins and veggies. Get your guilt-free grub on with GF, free-range fried chicken, or keep it simple with sustainably sourced salmon. Either way, be sure to pair it with either the Greek zoodle salad or roasted root veggies with a maple glaze. Oh, and did we mention they also have local craft beer and wine on tap? 

Photo source: Honor Society Facebook

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Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

A fast-casual favorite in LoDo, Honor Society revitalizes traditional comfort food by adding in a wholesome, healthy twist. The menu is super customizable, letting you build the plate of your dreams from a variety of different proteins and veggies. Get your guilt-free grub on with GF, free-range fried chicken, or keep it simple with sustainably sourced salmon. Either way, be sure to pair it with either the Greek zoodle salad or roasted root veggies with a maple glaze. Oh, and did we mention they also have local craft beer and wine on tap? 

Photo source: Honor Society Facebook

This article was originally published on Fitt.co
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Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!