Now that we’re in the dreaded season of New Year’s resolutions, it’s good to be honest with ourselves: most resolutions simply don’t last. The silver lining here is that Charlottesville has some great eateries and businesses to help you if you’re truly serious about your healthier resolutions. We’ve got the comprehensive list of the places to check out for eating healthier and feeling better, in “Healthy Eating and Living in Charlottesville.”
Roots – If you live near UVA Grounds, the easiest (and maybe the tastiest) way to eat healthy is visiting Roots Natural Kitchen. Founded by UVA around 5 years ago, this delicious restaurant focuses on extraordinary salads, with greens or rice bases. A Roots bowl doesn’t come cheap, but the fresh, interesting options are generously portioned and make you feel good about what you’re eating.
1329 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Spot – This restaurant, a collaboration between Vu Noodles and Greenie’s, is the most well-known vegetarian eatery in Charlottesville. Open Monday through Friday from 11 to 2, The Spot boasts vegan offerings like tofu banh mi, and a jackfruit BBQ sandwich. An all vegan and vegetarian joint sounds like a great way to live healthier.
110 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Feast! – Last up on our list, we have Feast!, a gem located inside the Main Street Market. This cafe offers a bevy of entrees, from incredible salad and grain bowls to an overwhelming number of sandwiches. They have tons of vegetarian and vegan options, and the pimento cheese sandwich comes highly recommended.
416 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Zazus – Over on Ivy Road is Zazus Fresh Grille, a one-stop shop for healthy food offering wraps, bowls, salads, soups, smoothies, and tasty breakfast sandwiches. Don’t miss out on the Veggie bowl at Zazus, featuring grilled vegetables, sautéed onions and peppers, and zesty salsa.
2214 Ivy Rd Ste 111, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Flydog Yoga – For those interested in improving their health through yoga, Flydog specializes in Power Vinyasa yoga – a “powerful, energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements.” They offer a special deal – an introductory month of classes for just $30! Flydog is committed to improving your body and your mind.
1039 Millmont St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Purvelo – Charlottesville’s great cycling studio is Purvelo, an experience that utilizes free weights and choreography to get the most of your class. With high-energy classes that the studio simply describes as “epic,” Purvelo is great for your and your wallet – monthly unlimited classes starting at only $99!
1000 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
UVA Gyms – To just get a good, old-fashioned sweat going, try a membership with the UVA Gym system. Offering four different locations for only $30 monthly, there are options for weightlifting, cardio, basketball, racquetball, swimming, and many other activities at UVA Gyms – and don’t worry, you won’t be the only non-student there! The various gyms offer tons of recreation and fitness classes for your enjoyment as well.
Aquatic and Fitness Center (Main): 450 Whitehead Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
Thanks for checking out “Healthy Eating and Living in Charlottesville,” and good luck!