Local Austin Natural/Organic/Eco-Friendly/Healthy Living Stores, Restaurants and Juice Bars

If your ever in Austin, here are a few, mostly local-grown places to check out:

Eco-wise has been a local ma and pop in Austin since 1990 and has just about everything eco-friendly from rain collection barrels and composters to non-toxic cleaning products and organic bedding, baby gear, toys, socks and underwear.  Great, local place to shop!  It’s located right next to Vulcan Video on W. Elizabeth and right behind Guero’s Taco Bar on South Congress.  I’ve been shopping there on and off for years.

The Herb Bar is an Austin original since 1986.  They sell herbs, essential oils and all things healing and are located on W. Mary Street just off of South Congress.  This is where I used to buy my Dandy Blend (alternative to coffee made from dandelions).

Since 1993, The Natural Gardener has been Austin’s premier natural, organic gardening store and is located off Old Bee Cave Road.  Great place for a natural gardener to purchase organic seeds, plants, dirt, etc., etc.!   Time to get back to container gardening this spring! 


Wheatsville Food Co-op is a local, full-service, natural foods cooperative grocery store that’s been serving Austin since 1976 and now has two locations (Guadalupe St. and South Lamar).

PeoplesRx is an integrative, holistic pharmacy that has been operating in Austin for 30+ yrs with five locations (including a wellness center) throughout Austin.

Beets Cafe
– Raw foods restaurant off 5th Street as you’re entering downtown.

Mother’s Cafe and Garden - Vegetarian and vegan fare.  Off of Duvall St. close to UT campus.

Mr. Natural 100% Vegetarian – Unique Mexican vegetarian dishes.  I love to get their vegetarian tamales at Christmas time.

Eastside Cafe – Manor Road – American, Vegetarian, Organic fare.  They have a garden in back where they grow all their veggies.  The food is super yummy!

Casa de Luz Austin – On Toomey Rd. close to Barton Springs – Vegetarian, organic cuisine with open seating.

Java Dive Organic Cafe - Lake Travis Area off 620.

Blenders and Bowls – Austin’s First Açaí Cafe (East 4th Street between Brazos and San Jacinto) and healthy foods truck (on Austin streets).

The Soup Peddler Real Food and Juice Bar (aka the JuiceBox and Soup Peddler) – 2 locations – West Mary and South Lamar.  Their ‘Edamame and Arugula soup’ and ‘Green Apple Muenster grilled cheese’ rock and so do their juices!

The Juice Bar – West Slaughter Lane.

JuiceLand – An Austin original with locations throughout Austin and Lakeway.

Daily Juice – Three locations in Downtown/Central/South Austin.

The Juice Spot Austin – 100% organic fresh juice – N. I-35.  Site shows ‘Coming Soon!’


25 Healthy Living Sites that I’m Finding Useful

Here are links to 25 healthy living websites (starting with my favs) that I’ve found to have very useful info:

  1. Tiny Buddha  (http://tinybuddha.com/)
  2. MindBodyGreen  (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/)
  3. REAL Farmacy  (http://www.realfarmacy.com/)
  4. Eighty Percent Raw  (http://www.eightypercentraw.com/)
  5. Kris Carr – CrazySexyWellness  (http://kriscarr.com/)
  6. The Eden Prescription  (http://www.edenprescription.com/)
  7. The Daily Green  (http://www.thedailygreen.com/)
  8. Mindful.org  (http://www.mindful.org/)
  9. Q by Equinox  (http://q.equinox.com/)
  10. Healthful Pursuit  (http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/)
  11. Veria Living  (http://www.veria.com/)
  12. Greatist  (http://greatist.com/)
  13. Super Foods Rx  (http://www.superfoodsrx.com/)
  14. Whole Living  (http://www.wholeliving.com/)
  15. Prevention  (http://www.prevention.com/)
  16. Eating Well  (http://www.eatingwell.com/)
  17. Gaiam  (http://www.gaiam.com/)
  18. Nourished Kitchen  (http://nourishedkitchen.com/)
  19. Green Living Online  (http://www.greenlivingonline.com/)
  20. Gratefulness.org  (http://www.gratefulness.org/t/abc.htm)
  21. Zen Habits  (http://zenhabits.net/)
  22. Raw for Beauty  (http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/)
  23. All Things Healing  (http://www.allthingshealing.com/)
  24. Naturally Savvy  (http://naturallysavvy.com/)
  25. Natural Healing House  (http://www.naturalhealinghouse.com/)

Tarragon, Basil & Cilantro Tuna Fish with Wild Arugula


My very own creation.  One can of Albacore tuna in water; diced organic yellow and orange baby bell pepper, purple onion and celery; a few leaves each of fresh-cut and chopped organic tarragon, basil and cilantro; small amount of mayo, yellow mustard, ground black pepper and roasted garlic-sea salt to taste; with wild arugula.  Serve on toasted, sprouted-whole grain english muffin cut face open.  Delish!