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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

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black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
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Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.