Tips for Staying Healthy in the City.

Hi friends!  We’re planning another full day in Seattle today (in the rain, boo!), including a blogger meetup at a vegan donut shop this morning – YUM!  While I’m off exploring this city, it seemed like perfect timing to share a guest post with you guys – all about staying healthy when you visit big cities!  Many thanks to Beth for sharing her info with Daily Garnish readers.  :)

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My name is Beth and I’m the author of the Washington DC Food Blog Dining and Dishing. I’m a big fan of the beautiful recipes featured on Daily Garnish and am excited to be guest posting for Emily while she’s away this weekend.

As I’m sure Emily would agree, DC life can be full of temptation! Everywhere you look there are things to do, people to meet and places to eat and drink. On the upside, living in a big city like DC also means great access to all kinds of healthy resources.

On Dining and Dishing I try to explore the balance between foodie fun and healthy living in a big city. And in today’s post I’m going to highlight some of the best healthy resources that I’ve found. I hope some of these ideas can apply to other big cities and with a little creativity – most everywhere!

Food Shopping

DC is full of organic and natural food vendors including multiple Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods locations. For a splurge, you can’t beat the gourmet selection at Dean & Deluca. And for local food, Farmer’s markets like FRESHFARM and Eastern Market have some of the best produce I’ve found!

(Emily’s note – remember just yesterday I found a little grocery store to pick up some drinks and snacks!  Local grocery stores are some of the most affordable places to find healthy snacks on the go when you don’t feel like eating out for every meal.)

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Restaurants

Absolutely my favorite part of big city living is the abundance of amazing restaurants. There is a huge emphasis on local, organic and sustainable food offerings at the moment, which is great news for diners looking to stay healthy! Some of my DC-area faves include: Founding Farmers (Foggy Bottom), Addie’s (Rockville), Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore) and Sticky Fingers vegan bakery (Columbia Heights).

(Emily’s note – a great resource for finding good options when travelling are some of the VEG websites.  VegDC has a comprehensive listing of vegetarian options in the DC area, and this weekend I’ve been using VegSeattle to find new spots to try here!)

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The Great Outdoors

There are many places to enjoy a good walk or run while taking in the sites. The National Mall is great, especially in the peaceful hours of the early morning before the tourists show up. Rock Creek Park features 12 miles of trails stretching from the Potomac River to the border of Maryland. And just outside the city, Great Falls Park is absolutely breathtaking!

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Public Transportation

I got rid of my car when I moved to DC and haven’t regretted it for a second! The metro and bus system make navigating the city pretty simple but when given the chance, I always walk. Not only is it an easy way to sneak in some exercise, it’s a great way to look around at everything this gorgeous city has to offer.

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If you have any tips of your own for healthy resources in your city, feel free to share! Thanks for reading along and a big thanks to Emily for having me today. Have a great weekend everyone!

– Beth @ www.DiningAndDishing.com

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Thank YOU, Beth!  Do you guys have any additional tips to include?  What are some of your favorite ways to stay healthy when you travel?  I’ll be back in a bit with recaps of our amazing vegetarian feast last night.  Mmmmm still thinking about it…