8 St. Louis businesses with health-focused options to kick-start your new year
Feeling a little weighed down after months of indulgences? January is the perfect time to set your intentions for the year and get back on track after an abundance of holiday feasts. These local businesses will help you reach your goals in no time.
DD Mau Vietnamese Eatery
DD Mau, a fast-casual Vietnamese eatery, reinvents traditional Vietnamese fare to offer the freshest ingredients and healthy options while preserving the same great, authentic tastes. The restaurant features a variety of spring rolls, bowls, banh mi, sliders, and pho, including several vegetarian and vegan selections. Dine-in for lunch and dinner daily or order online for pick-up and catering. DD Mau is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
11982 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 314.942.2300, ddmaustl.com
Kombucha (naturally carbonated, live probiotic, fermented tea) may be just what you need to get your gut health on track for 2020. Loaded with antioxidants and digestive enzymes, kombucha can improve digestion while strengthening the immune system and microbiome, among many other benefits. Locally owned KomBlu utilizes only the highest quality, organic ingredients – including fair trade, premium grade tea, cane sugar and cold-pressed choice fruit juice – to blend with purified reverse osmosis water and food grade essential oils. And because KomBlu’s “booch” is stored in beautiful cobalt blue bottles, it is protected from damaging UV light, which can kill the good bacteria. KomBlu is found in dozens of local restaurants and grocery stores. Find a complete list on the website or the top post on Facebook.
Change up your lunch routine while sticking to your health goals. Load up on protein and veggies at LemonShark, which serves only the finest, ethically sourced ingredients. There are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices, along with nutritious base options like black forbidden rice, soba noodles (half the carbs and calories of regular pasta) and mixed greens, and there’s even a nutrition calculator online. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (2 to 8 p.m. for GrubHub and PostMates only) and closed Saturday and Sunday.
33 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.300.8890, lemonsharkpoke.com
Local Harvest Grocery
Founded in 2007, Local Harvest Grocery sources as many products from within 150 miles of St. Louis as possible, including produce, free-range eggs, pasture-raised meat and more. The independent grocery store buys directly from farmers and artisans, helping the local economy grow by keeping money in the region, decreasing the miles products travel and ensuring the freshest food available. Local Harvest offers a full line of organic groceries, along with a bulk section of organic grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, coffee and tea, and even environmentally friendly soaps and cleaning supplies. Don’t miss out on Weekly Harvest, a year-round CSA subscription featuring local, pasture-raised meat or vegetarian alternatives, plenty of produce, free-range eggs every other week, and a monthly rotation of locally roasted coffee or tea, local grains and dairy.
3108 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, 314.865.5260, localharvestgrocery.com
Lona’s Lil Eats
If you enjoy Asian soul food with a flare but want to indulge in a healthy manner, Lona’s Lil Eats’ home-style meals are light yet satisfying and keep your body fueled all day long. There are plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and customization is encouraged. Sauces – which range from sweet or savory to sour or spicy – provide full-bodied flavors, and any entree can be made into a salad if you’re trying to work more veggies into your diet. Plus, everything is made fresh with no preservatives or MSG. To up your antioxidant intake, complete your meal with the vast selection of teas, from green and white to oolong and black.
2199 California Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.1888, lonaslileats.com
When looking for a change of pace from the traditional, calorie-laden dishes of the holidays, turn to a delicious poke bowl. Packed full of omega-3 fats, nutrient-rich vegetables and few processed carbohydrates, poke is a great choice for when you need a break from holiday treats. The fish is delivered fresh daily and the vegetables are chopped each morning. Choose your ingredients to create a truly individual bowl you will love.
8 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.5900; 6316 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.553.9440, pokedokestl.com
Finding healthy options outside the city can sometimes be a challenge, but Source Juicery in Edwardsville lets you enjoy the convenience of clean eating on the go. Stick to your wellness goals with a plethora of nutritious options, from cold-pressed juice, nut milks, smoothies and wellness shots to salads, grain bowls and bone broth, as well as breakfast staples like oats and parfaits. All menu items are perfect to grab and go, but the eatery has ample seating for those who’d like to linger. It’s also entirely gluten-free with many vegan options for people with dietary restrictions. Try a juice cleanse, from one to three days, with the option to add meal packs or protein packs (grilled chicken and power bites).
228 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.650.9080, sourcejuicery.com
St. Louis Juice Press
If you’re ready to get back on track after holiday indulgences, a three- or five-day cold-pressed juice cleanse is the perfect solution to nourish and energize your body for the coming year, as well as give your digestive system a break. Rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory compounds, fresh juice improves mental clarity, digestion and sleep. Flood your body with an abundance of nutrients and active enzymes while boosting your immune system with six 16-ounce handcrafted juices per day, from a delectable green juice with cucumber, apple, spinach and celery to a pineapple, orange and ginger blend. The St. Louis Juice Press also offers single juices and is proud to be the exclusive juice provider to the St. Louis Blues.
4701B S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314.771.1866, stlouisjuice.com
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