In Jersey City, we are fortunate live in a city that supports local businesses. From farmers that produce and sell organic vegetables to entrepreneurs that make soap, lotions, organic tea or other products- we have it all. With plentiful farmers markets and street fairs throughout the summer and fall, we have everything we may need to support a healthy lifestyle right at our fingertips.
When the markets shut down for the winter and the colder weather starts to set in, healthy choices can start to feel less accessible. We’ve all been there - getting sucked into the routine of ordering seamless takeout and curling up with a blanket on the couch. As amazing as that may feel, and taste, in the moment, who actually feels amazing after eating 4 slices of pizza in one sitting?
Lucky for us, there are so many great restaurants, markets, and businesses in Jersey City and the surrounding areas that can keep you out of that winter rut.
Check out the below top 5 recommendations for a living healthy lifestyle year-round in JC and the resources to make it happen!
BE PREPARED WHEN SHOPPING & BUY ORGANIC WHENEVER POSSIBLE
Organic Basic Food
P&K Food Market
Making the switch from processed foods to organic is life changing. Reducing the amount of pesticides and unnecessary chemicals you are ingesting makes all the difference in your energy levels, skin, weight, and so on.
The biggest complaint about buying organic is the cost. People wonder, how can someone possibly afford to shop organic all the time? It is not easy, but it is 100% possible.
The key to not overspending is to have a plan! Plan what you would like to eat for meals at home, what you’d like to bring to work, and snack on for several days and make a clear list. In a world with the Pinterest app available on our phones; you can totally do this! If you’re not a great cook or don’t like it search for “quick” or “easy” meals and you will find hundreds. When you get to the store, buy your list and only your list.
After a few times shopping this way, you will get the hang of what you may need to add or remove from your weekly haul. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save when you’re not throwing everything that looks decent into your cart!
WHEN EATING OUT, EAT WHERE LOCAL / ORGANIC FOOD IS AVAILABLE
The Warehouse Cafe
When a restaurant or café cares enough to source local or organic ingredients, they are worth every dollar. Putting thought, concern and effort into the ingredients they feed to customers speaks volumes. And not to mention- the food is always noticeably more fresh and vibrant than the alternative!
TRY MEATLESS MONDAYS (OR ANY DAY)
Subias Organic Cafe and Market
The Green Radish - Food Truck
Pet Shop Bar
With vegetarianism and veganism becoming more mainstream, ‘meatless monday’ is also on the rise. If you are a meat-eater, this is a small way you can improve your own health and that of the planet! Plus, JC has great meat-free options readily available.
WHEN YOU TREAT YOURSELF, DO IT IN A HEALTHIER WAY
Milk Sugar Love
Oh Honey Apiaries
We all want something sweet sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be in the form high-fructose corn syrup. There are healthier versions of all the junk you can find, you just have to look for them!
SHOP LOCAL FOR HEALTH/BEAUTY PRODUCTS
The Lucky Honey Bee
Just as it is important to watch what we put in our bodies, it’s important to be aware of what we put on our bodies and use in our homes. Replace those conventional soaps, candles, lotions, etc. with a locally produced version!
Val is a Massachusetts native who is loving her new home in Jersey City. She most recently lived in Hoboken and loves exploring all that the area has to offer. She changed her own life for the better through organic food and enjoys finding local restaurants, markets and businesses that support a holistic lifestyle. When she's not cooking she loves trying new restaurants with friends, watching food documentaries, and crafting! Find her on instagram @goodchivesonly