8 St. Louis businesses with health-focused options to make reaching your goals easier than ever
A new year has always been a great time to work toward a healthier lifestyle, but it’s even more important this year with the coronavirus pandemic still underway. The following St. Louis area businesses – both food- and fitness-related – are making reaching your goals easier than ever.
Citra Fitness & Movement
No healthy lifestyle is complete without an exercise component, and Citra Fitness & Movement in Midtown is a great place to get started. Citra is the only local studio to offer both Reformer Pilates and aerial yoga utilizing traditional yoga hammocks. Aerial yoga is a total body workout that allows you to stretch deeply, defy gravity, and hang freely in inverted poses with the support of aerial silks. Citra's Reformer Pilates classes are a unique blend of classical and high-intensity Pilates that focus on defining, lengthening and toning larger muscle groups while strengthening smaller stabilizing muscles. Both classes are offered safely in-studio with face masks and at reduced capacity, but there are also virtual options via the website with traditional yoga and Pilates-based mat classes.
2315 Locust St., Suite 13B, St. Louis, citrafitness.com
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
This 26-year-old locally owned family business has grown to 15 locations across the St. Louis area. There are options for every diet and dietary restriction, from keto, paleo and Whole 30 to gluten-free, plant-based, vegetarian and even vegan. The new lifestyle menu has a simple online ordering system, as well as a customizable nutrition calculator. The menu offers an array of cuisines – from Tex-Mex to Mediterranean – in wraps or bowls that you can modify to your liking. Choose a bowl base of jasmine or brown rice, whole wheat noodles, quinoa or even low-carb options like cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. Then select a freshly prepared protein, from chicken and steak to tofu and falafel, and top with a wide selection of veggies. The salsa is also made fresh in-house daily.
Multiple locations, crazybowlsandwraps.com
Fresh Gatherings at Saint Louis University
Fresh Gatherings is a student-run cafe that is open to the public and located on SLU's Medical Campus. The cafe sources from local farmers and growers in Missouri and Illinois, including the urban teaching garden on the medical campus. It is open for breakfast and lunch with a coffee bar featuring Blueprint and Sump. Fan favorites include oat milk lattes, hummus bowls and baguettes, but there are also sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods and more available. Fresh Gatherings exemplifies SLU’s Jesuit principle of "Cura Personalis" or development of the whole person. They believe in the value of good food to nourish the mind, body and spirit. The leading program in nutrition and culinary arts allows students to combine their two passions into a career.
3404 Rutger St., St. Louis, freshgatheringscafe.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’ homestyle 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
Pan-Asia Supermarket is the largest Asian grocery store in Missouri with a wide assortment of healthy options. There are over 200 fresh Asian vegetables and fruits to choose from, as well as a selection of over 100 fresh meats and seafood plus live lobster, crab, tilapia and catfish, along with fresh zabiha halal meat. Choose from a large array of organic seasoning and spices, perfect to go with all the fresh ingredients to make pho noodles, pad thai, lo mein and much more. And don’t miss out on the in-house cafe and bakery options. If you’re traveling west, check out the other branches of the supermarket in Overland Park, Kansas, and Omaha, Nebraska.
14246 Manchester Road, Manchester, 636.220.9999, panasiasupermarket.com
Robust Wine Bar
The owners of Robust believe balance is the key to enjoying life’s indulgences, so they curated a line of wellness and better-for-you-beverages to help boost your immunity, reduce inflammation and support overall wellbeing. Along with a full list of “clean” wines that are not only good for the environment, but also better for your body, their new concept, Clean & Juicy, offers cold-pressed juices from Source Juicery, house-made, infused high-alkaline waters and bone broth from Butcher & Farmer. Beginning in January, jumpstart your wellness intentions with preordered and packaged juice and water cleanses, wellness shots and “Be Well” bundles. Order online for curbside pickup and home delivery, or stop in the shop from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963. 0033, robustwinebar.com/clean-juicy
SareFood.com is a unique dotcom delivering prepared meals to customers from local chefs. Unlike most other ready-meals companies, they don't force subscriptions on customers because they would like them to order when they want, whatever they want and from whichever local chef they like on the website. Because there are multiple chefs on the website, customers can enjoy a variety of meals. Customers will find healthy, wholesome meals, keto and vegan meals, as well as American, Italian, Greek and Indian cuisines and more. You will find some well-known names on SareFood.com, such as Russo's, Valenti's, Callier's, Dino's, Hank's, Susie G's and others. By purchasing your meals, you support local chefs and help them stay in business. Get 15% off by using the coupon code LOCAL.
Finding healthy options outside the city can sometimes be a challenge, but Source Juicery lets you enjoy the convenience of clean eating on the go. And with the pandemic still surging, there’s never been a better time to focus on staying healthy. Source offers a plethora of nutritious grab-and-go options, from cold-pressed juice and wellness shots to nut milks, smoothies, salads and breakfast staples like oats and parfaits. Try a one- to three-day juice cleanse with the option to add meal packs or protein packs like grilled chicken and power bites. All items are gluten-free, and there are many vegan options too. Source offers an easy online ordering system with curbside pickup or contactless home delivery to the Edwardsville area. Walk-in ordering is also welcome.
228 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.650.9080, sourcejuicery.com
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