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A Fit Bottomed Tour of Kansas City

Kristen came up with the brilliant idea for us all to give readers a “Fit Bottomed Tour” of our towns, showing the fit and healthy places we love to frequent. Kind of like if you came to visit us from out of town—it would be all the places we’d show off! So without further ado…

As you might have realized by now, we love sharing (or oversharing) the things we love! So when Kristen’s idea to do a Fit Bottomed tour of our towns hit my inbox, I knew we had to do it. There are so many things in KC to share! So if you ever come to Kansas City, don’t just get some barbecue (which you should—for the record—totally do, too!). Hit up these healthy spots!

8 Places I’d Suggest to Fellow FBGs Visiting Kansas City

1. Best place to run: The Trolley Track Trail. Running through 4.5 miles of some of the prettiest areas of south Kansas City, the Trolley Trail Track is an old crushed limestone trail along the former trackbed of a streetcar line. I did SO MUCH of my marathon training here, and it’s just lovely. If you ever get the chance to run, ride or walk on it during fall though, it’s extra gorgeous. And while you’re at it, also consider veering off and checking out Loose Park. It’s equally awesome and the trail is rubberized!

trolley-track-trail

2. Best place to get a cup of coffee (or a gluten-free, vegan pastry): One More Cup. Locally owned and operated, One More Cup is one of my favorite places to get a cup of Joe and a treat. The staff is SUPER nice, the decor features local artists’ work and the vibe is just good. You can’t beat their coffee either. It’s so good, it’s date-worthy, especially post-run on the Trolley Track Trail!

One More Cup Jenn

3. Best gym in town: The Fit Pit. You guys knew this was coming, right? I’ve written whole posts about loving The Fit Pit, so just try it. As the gym’s motto goes: It’s hard, and it hurts…but it works! And it’s fun. Promise.

fit-pit

4. Best grocery store: Trader Joe’s. Here’s another no-brainer from me. Go to the TJ’s on the Missouri side (on Ward Parkway), buy everything, including copious amounts of almond butter, chocolate and wine. ENJOY! (And, yes, every time I go, it’s still as exciting as it was that very first day it opened!)

trader-joes

5. Best place to get a juice: t. Loft. This tea and juice bar just opened a few months ago, but I’m already smitten with it. Locally owned and operated, its green juices are delicious, the teas are tasty and the protein balls are awesome. As most balls are. (Yep, I went there.)

t-loft

6. Best place to do yoga: On the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum Lawn. Every summer, KC Fitness Link (owned by my buddy Darryl!) hosts yoga and boot camp classes on what might be the prettiest lawn in all of America: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Done in the morning on the weekends, they’re usually donation only and leave you feeling sooo good and refreshed. The yoga workout is chill and relaxing, while the setting is simply perfection. Here’s my friend McKenzie and I post yoga zen last summer:

nelson-yoga

7. Best gluten-free meal: BRGR. There are a TON of good restaurants in KC (I could do a whole post on just that), but BRGR is one of my favorites when it comes to getting a gluten-free meal where you don’t feel like you’re missing out. There’s no special menu to ask for, and they don’t look at you funny when you order g-free. Not to mention that all of their fries and tater tots are gluten-free—and freakin’ AMAZING. Get the sweet potato tater tots (Redundant? Oh, well.) and prepare to have your culinary world rocked.

sweet-tator-tots

8. Best cocktail: Anything at Remedy. I wrote a little about a wine-tasting at Remedy over on Fit Bottomed Eats recently, and while its wine list is fantastic, I think the restaurant’s cocktails really steal the show. The menu changes seasonally and everything is made in house, including their bitters and infused liquors. I’m particularly fond of the Aviation and the Sazerac. Classy and delicious.

sazerac

It’s funny, people tend to think that Kansas City is all honky-tonky Midwest, but we’ve got a lot of healthy (and fun) stuff going on. Proud to be a resident!

Have any other must-visit healthy spots in KC that aren’t on my list? Tell me about ’em! —Jenn

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12 Comments
  1. Kristen says:

    I love this SO MUCH! It really, really makes me want to come visit you, and my brain is just whirring with ideas for what to do in my home town. Seriously, LOVE IT.

    1. Jenn says:

      You have to come visit, Kristen! 🙂

      —FBG Jenn

  2. These are good to know. Hopefully, I can schedule my 13.1 run for Missouri in Kansas City!

    1. Jenn says:

      Yes! Do it! 🙂

      —FBG Jenn

  3. Emma says:

    It would appear that we are neighbors. I think everything you listed is within a 5-mile radius of my house. One More Cup is just about my favorite place ever, and all I can says is THANK GOD we finally got TJ’s!

  4. Steve says:

    Didn’t feel hungry till I looked at this page!

  5. Jacqui says:

    OMG, I am embarrassed! I live in KC and am gluten free and have never heard of BRGR. Needless to say, I will be visiting SOON! Thanks for the tip.

    1. Jenn says:

      You bet! 🙂

      —FBG Jenn

  6. Nicole says:

    Great- we’re in Wichita but go up to KC often. Good to have a recommendation for a GF restaurant, as they’re not always easy to find when traveling. Thanks for all this!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I am heading to KC next weekend (August 1-August 3). I was looking on the KC Fitness Link for any fitness activities and did not see anything. Any tips to pass along?

  8. Jenn says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    It doesn’t look like there will be yoga on the Nelson lawn that weekend, but there are plenty of cool classes in the studio! http://www.kcfitnesslink.com/schedule/

    Have fun!!!
    —FBG Jenn

  9. Brenda says:

    We are definitely neighbors, I love all of these places, but especially Remedy and the Trolley Track Trail.