With its fresh mountain air, endless ski trails, hikes, and local granola, Rocky Mountain ski towns are usually some of the healthiest towns in the USA. Sun Valley, Idaho, though a bit off the beaten track, does not disappoint! Here are some of my favorite spots.
Breakfast & Lunch:
Bigwood Bread Café: In the 6 days that I spent here this past March, I had their Kale and Quinoa Wrap 3 times! It was kale, quinoa, avocado, hummus, carrots and edamame, wrapped in a flour tortilla with their Fresh Herb Vinaigrette. They also have a great breakfast selection:
Simple Kneads: Not to be confused with The Kneadery, Simple Kneads are baked goods, mostly muffins and cookies, that are sold at the grocery store, Atkinsons. My mother stockpiles these in the freezer and brings bags back to Baltimore. You would think she is preparing for a nuclear attack where she plans to subsist solely on muffins. Fun fact, she actually did prepare for a nuclear attack in Baltimore circa 2001 & 2002. This involved stockpiling water, those pre-packaged cheese/peanut butter with crackers, and some special window covers and tape. I digress… you have to get to Atkinsons early for the best selection from Simple Kneads. If you get there at the end of the day, it’s interesting to see what flavors don’t sell as well. This trip, carrot chia was a no-go. Personally, I think that sounds delish! These muffins and cookies are made with oat flour and are very low in sugar. They are EssentiaLAly Healthy approved!
Wrap City: Another unbeatable wrap spot! They open at 8am for breakfast. I recommend the veggie scramble wrap or bowl. For lunch, the turkey chili is some of the best I’ve ever had. I consider myself a turkey chili connoisseur. Also, the Redfish wrap with wild salmon and feta is another favorite.
Glow Live Food Café: I would categorize this as your typical vegan café. It’s a little expensive, the portions are small, but it has a lot to offer. The Thai Noodle Bowl and raw energy balls make for a top notch lunch.
Nourish Me: A Sun Valley healthy guide wouldn’t be complete without including Nourish Me. However, this is more of a market/pharmacy, than a place I would consider for lunch. Go there for your vitamins, maybe not your fresh kale salads.
Local Snacks: Humm kombucha and dried veggies both of which can be found at the local grocery stores. There are lots of varieties of kale chips and even brussel sprout chips
Gather Yoga: This is one of my favorite studios ever! Every class I’ve taken here has been fantastic. I’ve taken a variety from hot, Hatha, yin, power, and all have been great. I especially love their yin yoga class after a long day of skiing.
Lululemon: Sun Valley is not the kind of town with chain stores. I think with the exception of Starbucks, most stores and restaurants are local. However, there is a tiny Lululemon in the town. Like other Lulu’s this store has a free weekly yoga class. I only attended it once. It was outside in a park during the summer and it was so good!!! Definitely check out their class schedule if you are in town.
Dinner: Too many good places to mention. You really can’t go wrong. Wherever you end up, I recommend the Idaho Trout. Whenever I had ordered it, it’s been fresh, local, and fantastic!