Thursday, January 4, 2018

Staying Healthy in Ruston, LA

The start of the new year often brings a long list of resolutions for most. Get organized, travel more, pay off debt, learn a new skill... The list can be endless. One of the most common resolutions out there is to commit to a healthier lifestyle - eat better, buy smarter, and exercise more. Staying the course is often difficult, especially when traveling.  

With so many dining options here in Ruston, we understand how tempting it can be to lose sight of your resolution to be more health conscious. If you're serious about keeping this resolution, here are just a few local spots that might make sticking to your health goals a little easier this year.

Fresh produce at Gibson's Natural Grocer

Quick meals and snacks available

Gibson's Natural Grocer
This grocery is a perfect spot to find all the essentials to healthy eating and living. With an incredible selection of fresh produce, as well as aisles upon aisles of dry goods, Gibson's is a great place to visit and stock up on the right foods. If you're a snack lover, pick from dozens of healthy snacks, drinks, and quick meals that are perfect for "on the go."

Gibson's offers supplements to help maintain your body's overall health. Plus, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Seek out the help of Gibson's employees if you have questions, concerns or need advice on products. Gibson's also works hard to bring health information and advice to the community. Check out their website for upcoming events, info on popular diets, recipes, and more.

Better Living Market

Produce and dry goods available

Better Living Market
Better Living Market has made a great impact on the Lincoln Parish community. With a focus on all-around healthy living, this market is a wonderful place to visit for fresh produce, local meat, dry and refrigerated goods, and many more items to get you on track to a healthier life. 

Aside from carrying produce and healthy food items, they also have a wide selection of supplements, essential oils, medicinal teas, books, and cosmetics to help you maintain overall health. Better Living also supports other local businesses by carrying locally-made honey, soaps, and candles.  

Need some advice on starting your journey to health? Better Living has an in-house nutritionist who is more than happy to answer questions and give advice. Next time you're in the area, stop by and let the incredible staff suggest some healthy options that are right for you!

Rosemary's Kitchen

Tacos made with fresh produce and local beef

Rosemary’s Kitchen is not your typical eatery. Along with a menu that changes weekly, they offer a grocery area stocked with organic and local items, as well as housemade herbal teas. While Rosemary's typically offers a mix of hearty and lighter dishes, the kitchen focuses on fresh and healthy meals. Some recurring favorites are the sweet potato & black bean quesadilla, Greek quiche, along with various grilled paninis and their homemade soups.

Rosemary’s Kitchen prides itself on the use of fresh ingredients, and you can tell just by looking at the food how fresh all of the ingredients are. They also use local milk, meat, and other products whenever possible. Find their "simply fresh" menu on their website.

As we mentioned before, Rosemary’s Kitchen has a great little grocery located inside the restaurant that has tons of local goodies as well as a cooler stocked with homemade items, to-go meals and more. They also carry various organic brands and items in their grocery. If you're looking for a fresh and delicious lunch, a healthy meal to-go or a light snack, visit Rosemary's Kitchen on Bonner Street near Ruston's downtown district. 

Teriyaki chicken with rice and steamed vegetables

Fresh sushi available

Teriyaki Grill
Former NBA star Karl Malone brought health-conscious franchise Teriyaki Grill to the area promising to "feed your inner athlete." Teriyaki Grill is a guilt-free dining option for those wanting to be more mindful of their eating habits, especially in these fast-paced, drive-thru times. Teriyaki Grill is dedicated to serving their customers delicious dishes made with only the freshest ingredients, all while promoting active lifestyles. Stop by for lunch or dinner for a menu offering freshly grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, and salmon marinated in their signature teriyaki sauce and served over steamed rice, brown rice, or noodles.

If you're looking for something a little lighter, Teriyaki Grill offers a selection of salads and sushi rolls, made from scratch daily. Vegetarian options include flavorful dishes like tofu avocado salad and the veggie delight noodle bowl. See more on their website, and visit their location in North Village Plaza in Ruston.

We hope you find these suggestions helpful as you stick to your health goals in the new year. If you have any questions about these healthy hot spots or any other local places in Ruston, comment and let us know! 

Full-time destination marketer, part-time gardener. Amanda has a love for travel and tourism, event planning and showcasing #RustonLA. She's also very serious about coffee, cocktails, and true crime novels. Amanda implements the marketing, advertising and public relations plans for the CVB. 

"Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do." 

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