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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 Sо̄l Blend Bar

Whole Sо̄l Blend Bar boasts a 100% gluten-free menu loaded with super-nourishing bо̄ls (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 Sо̄l. 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 Sо̄l Blend Bar

Whole Sо̄l Blend Bar boasts a 100% gluten-free menu loaded with super-nourishing bо̄ls (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 Sо̄l. 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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shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar