If you have friends who live in Austin, you may envy their unparalleled access to live music and delicious tacos, but SHAPE magazine also reports that Austin’s young, highly active community experiences some of the lowest rates of chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease and diabetes in the country. This is perhaps unsurprising for the city that launched Whole Foods and has such an array of delicious healthy restaurants that even meat-eaters find themselves craving the barbecued tempeh!
This embodies the spirit of us here at Modernize, as well as our city altogether. We’re proud of our healthy and environmentally friendly way of living, but we also love indulging in all the fun and food of the Lone Star state capital. Here’s some of the best our city has to offer—from healthy restaurants to beautiful landscapes that will make you look forward to getting active.via Eater Austin
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Where to Eat: Austin is full of delicious restaurants, and locals are happy to make recommendations. If making smart food choices is important to you, these spots take healthy options to the next level on the tasty scale!
- Cenote: The coffee and patio alone would make Cenote a local favorite, but the locally sourced ingredients that go into the Southwest Caesar (can all caesar salads include pico, please?) or the GoBeet (which has single-handedly changed my life-long no-beet policy) truly seal the deal!
- Koriente: This Korean restaurant proudly proclaims that you won’t find a microwave or a fryer in their kitchen. You’ll also find minimal sugar, oil, and salt in their food and absolutely no MSG. Prices are so reasonable, you can splurge on some edamame and miso soup to complement your entree.
- Baby Greens: In a hurry and looking for a quick bite before a show? A drive-through can be a time-saver but skip the greasy hamburger and fries. Baby Greens serves tasty salads and wraps that fill you up! Pack on the protein with grilled chicken, tofu, and walnuts. I personally love adding avocado to everything.
Enjoy the Outdoors: According to the Austin Parks and Recreation Departments 2016 Annual Report, residents of Austin enjoy:
- 300 parks—including 12 dog parks and 147 playgrounds
- 227 miles of trails
- 20,254 acres of green space
- 35 swimming pools
- 26 recreation and senior centers, including numerous tennis and basketball courts baseball fields and golf courses
Explore Austin’s Iconic Zilker Park
Zilker Park is a great place to get active, or just find a shady spot to take a nap—we won’t judge! The park sits on 350 acres of lush green. It boasts plenty of walking trails to explore, Barton Springs pool—the perfect place for a dip on a hot summer day, whimsical gardens to fuel the imagination, and the chance to discover Austin’s unique culture at one of its epic festivals. Zilker Park is a mainstay in the life of Austinites with hundreds of activities for every member of the family to enjoy (pups included)!
During your next visit to Zilker Park, check out the entrance to the newly opened first 6 miles of the Violet Crown Trail. When construction is complete, this 30-mile trail will be the longest of its kind in Central Texas. Follow the trail to see some of the most stunning views of Barton Creek, Campbell’s Hole, and The Flats.
What are some of your favorite healthy spots and activities in Austin?
Danielle Hegedus is a freelance writer who loves spending time in Austin, Texas with friends. A day in Zilker Park, shopping on South Congress, and going to Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza are some of her favorite activities.