To Live & Diet in L.A. S.F.
Staying on track with your diet and fitness goals can be hard when you travel. Not only do you feel like splurging because you’re on vacation, but most of the time, you don’t even know where to go to find diet-friendly fair.
For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’m showing you how I stayed healthy in San Francisco this past weekend.
I visited the City by the Bay for a quick getaway and found it oh so accommodating to my increasingly difficult dietary needs.
You may remember, I had been trying out a gluten-free diet recently. Well, in not-so-surprising-news, that’s over.
Prior to nose-diving off the wagon though, I found tons of amazing options for gluten-free food in S.F. by way of the blog, GF in SF. I also did one the most fun sight-seeing/fitness activities ever, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge.
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On Friday night, I headed over to Grub, thanks to a rec from GFinSF and tried out their delicious gluten-free Mac & Cheese. They let you choose your mix-ins and I picked lobster and broccoli.
Although it probably wasn’t the healthiest meal on the menu, it was super tasty. I tried to just pick out the lobster and broccoli and only eat a little bit of the pasta (in my head that seemed like it would make a big difference calorie-wise, in reality it probably didn’t).
They do give you seasoned popcorn right when you sit down though, which is much better than munching on a big bread basket.
The next morning, before heading out for our big biking expedition, we decided to grab a quick breakfast.
“Starbucks?” the BF asked. “Heck, yes,” I responded, excited for a Turkey Bacon Egg White Sandy.
Then it hit me…you’re gluten free Whitney and you can’t have the whole wheat English muffin. Drats!
Back to the computer. GFinSF led me to The Plant Cafe.
I ‘d never tried kale in my eggs before and let me tell you, it was fantastic. Kale adds a nice crunch to the scramble unlike the wet, wilted effect of steamed spinach. I’m definitely going to try this at home.
I was most impressed by the coffee though. Lately, I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob and have had a hard time finding roasts I like. When I tasted The Plant’s cappuccino, made with Blue Bottle Coffee Co. espresso, my eyes bulged out of my head.
After breakfast we headed over to The Sports Basement to pick up bikes for our afternoon activity.
If you plan to bike the bridge, I highly recommend renting from here. The bikes are $15 for 3 hours or $25 for the whole day, much cheaper than other locations in SF. The Mason St. location is your best bet for a quick shot to the bridge.
From the Basement, across the bridge, and into the town of Sausalito is about 6.5 miles. The guy at the store informed us that we may want to take the ferry back, as the return trip is much steeper. As a person naturally inclined to doubt everything I’m told, I thought, “We’re totally biking back.”
The bridge itself was pretty flat though and featured amazing views of the bay.
Speeding down the bike path with the ocean about 750 feet below us was exhilarating. And, aside from a few unwarranted lash-outs from “serious bikers”, we made our way swiftly across the 1.7 mile bridge.
After you exit the bridge, it’s another 2 miles to Sausalito, which is a combination of up and downhill. When we arrived in the town, we decided we would indeed take the ferry back.
If you go, make sure to pick up tokens for the ferry, prior to enjoying the area, as bike space fills up quick.
It drops you off at the San Francisco Ferry Building, which is about 4.5 miles from Sports Basement, so the entire biking trip is about 11 miles. If you are cycling vigorously (and why wouldn’t you be), you’ll burn about 450-650 calories.
Anyway, back to the food…
Sausalito is a lovely, little town with tons of art galleries and ice cream shops. I managed to skirt the ice cream (unlike at Catalina Island) but did indulge in a little wine tasting.
After we explored a bit, we grabbed lunch.
Two weeks and countless amounts of brown rice flour later, it was a simple whole-wheat sandwich in Sausalito that did my gluten-free streak in.
Who eats dinner at 10:15?!
Instead we wandered into a cozy sushi “lounge” across the street and were delighted by their menu.
Despite lacking brown rice (womp, womp), The One Sushi has melt in your mouth fish, creative rolls and a delicious Miso Black Cod.
After dinner, we cruised the street a bit and came upon the coolest thing since sliced bread (bread has really moved up on my list of cool things since returning to gluten).
A bread pudding bar! Schulzies offers like 10 different types of bread pudding with toppings galore, in hot and cold flavors.
Maybe I’ll open my own healthy bread pudding bar, I do have this fabulous recipe to build upon: Healthy Banana Bread Pudding. Not to toot my own horn but mine’s way better.
All in all it was a tasty, successful trip. I have a little more to share with you from the adventure, including a yummy recipe, but you’ll just have to wait. For now…