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!
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!
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.
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!)
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.)
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:
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.
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.
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