Here it is! Been meaning to put this together forever.
The first Sunday of every month, the Sunday Reset is hosted downtown, usually either in an art studio or law offices gym. In the words of the Reset Project, “we are dedicated to creating a healthier community in Las Vegas by resetting the mind, body, and spirit.”
Move. It begins with 45 minutes of movement.
Usually you have the choice of a 5k guided run or a walking tour of downtown.
Stretch. Then you meet back up indoors for group yoga or whatever interesting stretching alternative they have cooked up.
Act. After that, a community speaker talks you through a mental exercise or gives you something powerful to think about.
Meditate. You quietly let the Act portion sink in for a few minutes. Great time to work through problems.
Eat. Finally, you get to load your plate from a selection of family-style vegan food catered by local Vegan Chef Donald. It’s always healthy and delicious. There are usually about 30-40 attendees, and this is your chance to catch up with friends or make some new ones.
I try to go every month and enjoy it every time.
Attend the Las Vegan Eatz Supper Club
Speaking of community-building. Vegas’ vegan supper club’s a pretty amazing way to rub shoulders with some amazing folks while chowing down on stellar off-menu grub. Check out the article I wrote about this monthly meetup here.
Las Vegan Eatz meets at a different veg-friendly restaurant every time and the chef prepares a prix-fix menu which has been amazing thus far. Check out the Las Vegan Eatz page on facebook to find out when the current event is scheduled and to join in. They’ve also got monthly dessert socials.
Browse the Farmers Market
Vegas has several farmers market locations, so chances are, even if you are visiting, you’ll find one to stop by and browse at your leisure. At the south end of the strip, there’s one on Friday in front of the Town Square Whole Foods. My other favorites are the Sunday market in the south near Eastern and the 215 and the Saturday market at Tivoli Village in Summerlin near Charleston and Rampart.
While you are there pick up a vegan meal at one of these veg food stands. They aren’t at every farmers market, so just look them up in advance so you’re not disappointed!
If you want to stock up on individual vegan portions for the week, visit Veg Out’s booth. They rotate their menu and have about five choices available every farmers market. They always have samples to try, but remember you’ve gotta heat their meals up at home rather than eating them right there and then. Trust me, they are worth the wait.
They always have whole-foods ingredients and said ingredients are listed on the container. They will let you know what is gluten free or soy free. Recently they even started including nutrition facts.
If you want to eat right then, this is your place for delish vegan cuisine on the fly. This sister-brother-mother team sets up a grill (hence the name) and makes your food fresh to order.
If you haven’t had bbq jackfruit tacos yet, this is your chance! Each order comes with 2 tacos (small corn tortilla size). Their breakfast tacos tend to sell out and their beer battered avocado tacos are pretty amazing too! And for you raw foodies with a sweet tooth, you can pick up your raw vegan cheesecake here.
Green smoothies or juice
There are a couple of vendors who serve up fresh plant-based drinks. Urban Hydrogreens is my favorite – they prepare smoothies made with their own local home-grown microgreens. While you’re at it, pick up some mustard or broccoli microgreens for the week for a one-two punch of flavor and nutrition.
Do Weekend Brunch at Pura Vida
I have friends who swear by this. This establishment is Vegas’ 100% vegan cafe. I have to admit that Chef Mayra’s chocolate waffles are pretty darn good. And beautifully presented.
Just make it a leisurely brunch and allow a couple of hours. Everything is cooked to order and so it moves at a very relaxed pace – pura vida baby! If you call a day in advance, they can even make your pancakes, french toast, or waffles gluten free.
Have a Fancy Dinner Out at Panevino
It seems like all my vegan friends are having their special occasions here. Vincenzo Granata, the general manager, is vegan and so Panevino is becoming more and more veganized since introducing their “Healthful Plant-Based” menu a year ago.
I’ve often wished I had a romantic place to go for my wedding anniversary, but all the fancy places tend to be steakhouses! If you’re looking for a classy atmosphere for that special night, here’s your answer. Incidentally, our December holiday Las Vegan Eatz meetup is there and the 5-course menu looks a-maz-ing!
Now your turn. What’s your favorite healthy and/or vegan thing to do in Vegas?
This post was shared on Healthy Vegan Friday.