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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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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

Beauty
Fitness
Skincare

Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

Dr. B Dermatologist
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Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.