Even if you don’t jump on social media and tell all your friends and family that you’re determined to lose pounds or build muscle, the new year is a chance to make a fresh start in health. Diet is at the heart of this type of effort. Anyone who hasn’t gotten their diet on track knows how impossible it is to top a bad diet.
Fortunately, there are many options for nutrient-dense, well-sourced food in our area, whether you plan to eat out or stay home and cook for yourself. Here are ideas for five restaurant items and two grocers in our area that can support your efforts.
Buddha Bowl by Morning Glory Cafe: One of the healthiest items you can find in the area is the Buddha Bowl at Lafayette’s Morning Glory Cafe. This vegan dish is made with eight colorful ingredients including black beans, greens, black rice, cheese, tofu, and cashew sauce. While not low in calories, it’s a hearty meal packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Blumenkind butternut squash and organic pear salad: With a mission to promote safe, healthy eating and the slogan “Happy Food for a Happy World,” Flower Child cares about what it serves. Located in Boulder at Safeway Plaza at Arapahoe Avenue and 29th St., we love the wintery, hearty butternut squash and pear salad with arugula, kale, ricotta, pecans, and puffed rice in a sherry dressing.
Urban Thai Wonton Soup: Properly prepared broth is one of the most nutrient dense foods there is and forms the core of all versions of wonton soup. Urban Thai’s version is more than just a tasty starter. It’s a richer, more interesting version of what we’ve found elsewhere. It makes us feel better when we’ve caught a winter cold and we’re sure it can improve your diet anytime.
Zeal’s Inca Acai Bowl: Zeal is known for how much they care about what they serve and how they serve it, making them a natural place on a list of restaurants that support healthy eating. While everything they offer supports nutrition, diners can’t go wrong by customizing their Inca Bowl with maca, cacao, kale, and hemp hearts, plus anything you want from their menu of smoothie fruits, seeds, and other additions choose.
Huckleberry’s Garden Wrap: With its own farm just off Highway 287 in Lafayette, Huckleberry’s commitment to quality is clear. Though many items at Louisville’s Huckleberry are decadently delicious, this Garden Wrap is a great choice for light dining. It includes hummus, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese and a freshly made buttermilk dill.
Naked Foods: Newly opened on Walnut Street last year, this grocery store focuses on reducing food waste as much as possible. Fruit and vegetables that other grocers throw away because they don’t look “perfect” are sold here, where shoppers reap the nutritional benefits. Staples like coffee and peanut butter, milk and bread are carefully selected to meet high standards. While they pay close attention to what’s on their shelves, they also care about packaging and look for ways to reduce waste and other environmental impacts.
Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers: Founded in 1955 by the Isley family, this grocer is very careful about what goes on their shelves. They have plenty of fresh fruit and veg, options for carefully selected meats, and a range of non-meat items to help vegetarians keep meals interesting, as well as packaged items for nights when you don’t have time to cook but still want to keep cooking things sane. And each store carries its vitamins, minerals and supplements and retains the services of its own nutritionist, with whom shoppers can make an appointment for a free consultation.