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Tryst Café

Tryst Café is a natural café offering dishes for a variety of food sensitivities – the menu offers gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian selections! While not every menu option is healthy, there are plenty of nutritious choices, including a special “sensible” menu to help those who are watching their calorie intake. Many options are available, including turkey or pork sausage, dairy …

Green New American Vegetarian

The name might say “vegetarian,” but don’t let that fool you: this relatively new branch of the original Green in Phoenix near downtown Tempe is 100% vegan! Those who need to maintain a gluten-free diet will be excited about the restaurant’s separate gluten-free menu. Green offers vegan takes on classic dishes such as fettuccine alfredo while loading each bowl with …

Pita Jungle

This local chain, which has many locations across the Phoenix metro area, has a gigantic Mediterranean menu chock full of healthy options! From traditional Mediterranean fare like spanakopita, falafel and hummus to wood-fired pizzas, hot and cold pita wraps, and healthy burgers, including black bean and falafel burgers, Pita Jungle offers something for everyone. Even better, full nutritional information is …

Papago Park

Just across the street from Tempe Town Lake is the wonderful Papago Park. This natural environment offers 10.2 miles of natural trails, which are largely comprised of fine dirt and sand. Most of the trails have limited technicality and are great for an easy hike, trail run, or ride. Water, parking, and a trail map are available at the trailhead, …

Tempe Town Lake

Famous as the site of the Ironman Arizona swim portion, Tempe Town Lake is a fantastic fitness resource near downtown Tempe. The multi-use concrete path around the lake is a 5-mile loop with a wide path suitable for cyclists and pedestrians alike. While there is no shade along the route with the exception of bridges and overpasses, the lake offers …

South Mountain Park

South Mountain is one of the Phoenix area’s best known and most beloved fitness landmarks! Rising from the desert South of Phoenix, the park offers and expansive trail system with dozens of trails of varying difficulty. While the trails themselves are primarily dirt and rock, there are also smooth roads throughout the park that are suitable for cycling, as mountain …

Pomegranate Cafe

Pomegranate Cafe is a vegetarian and vegan cafe serving local, seasonal, and organic produce with a focus on gluten-free elements. All menu items can be made vegan upon request, making Pomegranate Cafe a great option for those with dietary restrictions. Brunch is served daily until 4 pm, and the menu offers hearty, unique choices such as the Ranchera Tostada with …

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