This trip included getting up at 5am to make it to hot yoga and awesome breakfast before meetings, and navigating back for a late night yoga sesh and swing through Whole Foods instead of going right to my hotel. If you’re up early enough it is crazy how much of a city you can see/experience, am I right?? IMO it’s like life’s biggest hack. And experiencing the local vibe of a city waking up is one of my favorite things (just to be clear, my alarm going off in the 4s is not haha).
It’s also crazy how much of a difference sticking to a regular-ish routine makes when traveling. Getting in an early morning workout (more than stretching at the hotel gym like I used to do…), finding clean, nourishing food makes allll the difference in how much I can accomplish, how well I can handle airport annoyances and travel chaos, my energy levels both during the trip and when I get home, etc. etc. To sum it up, it channels all the good vibes and shakes out all the bad. It’s a little extra work and a little less sleep, but omg we all know it’s so worth it.
Okay – on to where to workout and where to find healthy, awesome food for when you’re in Charlotte!!
Quick Trip Guide To Charlotte, NC
Hot Yoga at Charlotte Yoga
Raw Bagel at Luna’s Living Kitchen
Matcha Latte With House Made Almond Milk (Luna’s Living Kitchen)
Not Just Coffee at Atherton Market
Viva Raw at 7th Street Market
Let’s Talk Some More About Luna’s Living Kitchen…
Juice/Smoothie/Sushi Bar at Y2 Yoga
The magic list:
Where to workout:
Charlotte Yoga – Really hot classes which I love. Sweat was literally dripping in my eyes during class — good thing they rent mats, towels, and yogi toes. They give you a cold towel to put over your eyes at the end of class which makes for a pretty amazing savasana. This is a fairly small studio but they do have two showers.
Y2 Yoga – I really, really love this studio. The studio is big and beautiful, it’s attached to a juice/sushi bar, there’s tons of shower/locker room space, but most importantly the yoga. Ohhh myyy gahhh you guys. Get to a 6am “double shot” class with Jen. It’s hot, the music rocks, and you leave feeling next-level amazing. I left my hotel room at 5am to get to this class and it was like the best thing I’ve ever done. Then get the coffee/cacao smoothie from the smoothie bar next door.
Where to Get Coffee/Breakfast/Lunch:
Luna’s Living Kitchen – First things first, just check out the online menu of this place (here ya go – be sure to scroll to the entree section). I can’t even. Is this the place our dreams are made of? They have three different kinds of house made nut milks (I got the matcha latte with almond milk which was steamed to a pillowy perfection), zucchini noodle pad thai, chia pudding, raw bagels, etc. Order the raw bagel. Or be like me and stare at the menu for 20 minutes trying to figure out what to order because you want it all…. 😉
Not Just Coffee – Two locations. Atherton Market (near Luna’s Living Kitchen) and 7th Street Market (near Viva Raw which is next on this list). Coffee from Counter Culture and other delights like locally made Bruks Bars. Get a coffee + the cherry espresso Bruks Bar and you are SET.
Viva Raw – A juice bar with raw, organic, cold-pressed (no high-pressure processing!) juice and nut milks. Get the Pure Green Juice or the Oatmeal Cookie Almond Milk (or both, or everything on the menu…). Side note – they source their ingredients from local farms. <3
Where to Get Dinner:
Bakersfield – A glance at the website and this place looks like a chain (because it is…). Don’t side-eye it — just got there and order the Huitlacoche Taco (corn truffles, roasted poblano, corn, onion, cilantro) and a Hongos Taco (portabello, poblano, fresno, bell pepper, kale slaw, cotija cheese), and the guac that’s made fresh every hour. They have a full bar menu but the club soda with grapefruit bitters (sans booze) was super refreshing. Ps – all of their tortillas are made in-house. Fun, casual, bustling atmosphere.
Locally made awesomeness
Bonus —- about that quick swing through Whole Foods that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Check out these super awesome (locally made) finds!
“Athlete’s Lunch” – tofu, kale, brown rice, black bean quinoa chili
Last but not least – paleo beet hummus (must recreate!!)
So many delicious things, so little time. If/when you go to Charlotte, I hope this list helps you navigate your way to the most amazing places in all of the land.