Hi Ya'll, I'm officially settled and loving life in Atlanta. It's time to give you a thorough guide/recap/breakdown of all my favorite #healthyliving spots in and around the ATL.
True Food Kitchen is definitely my favorite healthy food restaurant in Atlanta. With several locations around the USA, True Food Kitchen specializes in an anti-inflammatory diet. There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, but there is meat on the menu so it really appeals to carnivores and those with dietary restrictions. Additionally, I recommend this restaurant if you are following the Whole 30 program. All the food is fresh and free of additives. They have the most amazing vegetable crudite bowl with Greek Tzatziki dip. I also like to order the kale salad or inside out quinoa burger.
Started by a former NFL Quarterback, this happening lunch spot is my go-to for a quick bite. Gusto uses a "Chipotle" style concept to create fresh rice bowls and salads. The ingredients are fresh and the ingredient combinations are full of delicious flavors. My favorite thus far is a grilled chicken salad with either cucumber, tahini, feta or the half rice half salad with grilled chicken and chipotle, mango, avocado garnishes. The best part... all dishes come with sweet potato chips!
Souper Jenny and its sister store Juicy Jenny are a "collection of cozy neighborhood cafes." They specialize in soups, as you might have known from the name but their salads and sandwiches are fresh and delicious. In the summer months, they have a couple less soups and more options for those yummy salads. They also have an unbeatable lunch deal: choice of 2 salads, with a drink, cookie, and piece of fruit all for $14. Can't beat that. Though their menu changes daily, I've never had something I didn't enjoy.
Moving on to exercise, I have two favorite yoga studios ( not including the studios where I am working). First up is Thunderbolt Power Yoga located in Buckhead. When I first moved here, I had a really hard finding a good yoga studio that didn't hot classes. Regular temperature yoga didn't seem to exist so I eventually gave up. Thunderbolt uses infrared radiant heat set to about 85 - 90 degrees. Though it does get hot, especially when it is crowded, it's never too hot or uncomfortable. It's hot enough that the class is always super sweaty, but not so hot that I just want to lie on the mat and not move. All the teachers are great with rocking playlists and wonderful/creative sequencing.
My favorite classes have been their Friday night Hip Hop classes and my favorite teacher is Caitlin
With three locations, Infinity Yoga probably reminds me the most of some of the studios where I would practice in NYC. Although I haven't been able to practice there as much as I would like due to the locations and class times, all the class are top notch. They offer a wide array of classes and I cannot speak highly enough about their Yoga for Athletes class with Jessie Hughes, Foundational Flow with Todd Delaune and all their Flow classes.
Though I wasn't a huge fan of megaformer classes in NYC, I love Stellar Bodies. I particularly like their Basics class, something SLT and the other megaformer studios do not offer to my knowledge. It's helpful for me to get down the foundation before moving on to the more advanced classes. I find it useful to built the strength before trying to move on to more intricate exercises.