Updated: Jan 8, 2020
As Published in Spokane Coeur d 'Alene Living Magazine
If you’re anything like me, the New Year inspires you to get back into the healthy habits that help get your mind and body on the path to wellness again after indulging in comforting favorites during the winter celebrations. One of the easiest ways to enjoy healthy food is when it is prepared by a professional, and thankfully the restaurants here in town that offer nutrient-rich options are increasing in number every day.
One of my favorite stops at the moment is RUT Bar & Kitchen, located at 901 W 14th Ave on the South Hill. They specialize in vegan and vegetarian dining, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else won’t enjoy it, too! This Modern American Style Gastropub features vegan and vegetarian comfort foods that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. Try the buffalo cauliflower wings & the watermelon poke bowl, and if those dishes don’t make a believer out of you, I’d be surprised. Even better, they have happy hour everyday 3-5 pm & 9 pm to close with food and drink specials that are easy on the wallet.
Do you want to burn off those calories with a nature walk nearby? Try Cliff Park for scenic views and a relaxing path to meander along.
Another favorite that I recently rediscovered is an established one - Mizuna Restaurant located 214 N Howard downtown. They have been pioneers of healthy, locally-inspired eating from the day they opened, and have continued that tradition in powerful ways by focusing on sourcing fresh ingredients and only using organic and all-natural products. Things to try that will leave you full and satiated are the Mushroom-Mascarpone Risotto, vegan Cuban sandwich and Roasted Beet Salad. If you’re looking for something indulgent after all of that healthy eating, try their to-die-for flourless dark chocolate ginger torte. I promise I won’t tell your trainer.
A fun walk nearby is the newly remodeled Riverfront Park and shops downtown. If you haven’t had a chance to stand under the freshened-up pavilion in all its glory, that should definitely be your first stop.
Another local favorite is Allies Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe located at 1314 S Grand Boulevard on the South Hill, where they are known for their incredible handcrafted vegan pizzas. Try the Cashew Mac n’Cheese or the Thai peanut pizza with tofu, bean sprouts, fresh carrots, cilantro, and green onions. They also have rice bowls and salads available that are packed full of flavor and don’t make you feel like you’re missing out on anything delicious. While I wait for my food, I always enjoy the art that surrounds me on the walls - it’s like eating in an art gallery. The staff is always friendly and helpful in choosing something that will be just perfect for me no matter what I’m looking for.
For a light and inspiring walk, head to Manito Park nearby. It is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Spokane, and no matter what the season, relaxing to experience.
Are you too busy with your New Year’s resolutions to sit down for a healthy meal? Places to find fresh, healthy food, smoothies, juices and bowls in town if you’re on the go are the Wellness Tree Juice Bar, Huckleberries, Main Market and Method. Don’t just grab another fast food burger - your body will thank you later.
Photos Credit RUT SPOKANE