Best Of 2014

We asked. You voted. Here are the people and places that stood out this past year in Austin’s health and fitness scene

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Best Guilty Pleasure Dessert

1st) Amy’s Ice Cream
The menu at Amy’s is extensive, delicious, and constantly being updated. Feel good about spending your cheat day money here; this local ice cream chain is super involved in the community.
2nd) Gourdough’s
Whether you stop by the Public House on South Lamar or any of the food trailers, find everything delicious you never thought to do with a donut at Gourdough’s.
3rd) Lick
Trust us when we say you want to get a punch card here. The fresh ingredients and organic feel of this ice cream joint will almost make you forget you’re indulging. Almost.
+) Hey Cupcake
These are not the cupcakes you ate at birthday parties growing up. Biting into one of these sweet treats is a gourmet experience worth the trek to one of Hey Cupcake’s food trailers.

Best Smoothie

1st) Juiceland
The winner by an impressive margin, Juiceland is the Austin go-to for smoothies. Options range from health conscious to sweeter options for smoothie newbies.
2nd) Daily Juice
Founded in Austin in 2003, this juice bar strives for natural benefits. Their smoothies are free of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and otherwise “denatured food.”
3rd) Whole Foods
Reward yourself for finally going and getting groceries with a delicious smoothie. You can always count on fresh, delicious combinations here.
+) Skinny Limits
Skinny Limits is a family business focused on juice cleanses, but offering a wider menu. If you’re looking to finally take the plunge, the cleanses here make healthy living easier.

Best Healthy Restaurant

1st) Whole Foods*
The variety here will make it hard to choose what to put in your biodegradable lunchbox. Check out tacos, pizza, Asian fusion, or any of the daily buffets.
2nd) Casa de Luz
The menu here is gluten free, vegan, organic, and in a venue made for health and wellness. Check out the daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3rd) Bouldin Creek Café
Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find tasty options here. Check out their breakfast tacos or Tarzan salad.
+) Snap Kitchen
For fresh, on-the-go food, stopping here will keep your day healthy without stealing your time. Every meal of the day has a great variety to choose from.

Best Healthy To-Go

1st) Snap Kitchen*
2nd) MyFitFoods
Stop by for a quick meal in a rush, or make a long-term commitment. Their 21-Day Challenge could be a great way to start off the new year.
3rd) Whole Foods*
+) Juiceland*

Best Local Grocery

1st) Whole Foods*
2nd) H-E-B
For fresh food on a budget, H-E-B is a great place to stop for produce. Their prepared food section has gotten revamping over the past couple of years for more quick meals.
3rd) Wheatsville Food Co-op
Wheatsville is a full service grocery store, and is open to all shoppers. They have over 2,000 local items in stock, an average of 75–80 percent organic produce, and have donated over $150,000 back to local non-profits and community groups in 2014. Wheatsville has been serving the Austin community since 1976 and is the only retail grocery cooperative in Texas.
+) Central Market
For gourmet cooking, Central Market is a great place to find what you couldn’t on your own. Look for wine specials, specialty meats and other fine food offerings.

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