Living and working in Soulard, we’ve tried many different restaurants in our area and trust us, they’re all delicious! From gyros to pizza to BBQ and more, you have a lot of options for almost every type of cuisine and we’re here to help you find some of the freshest lunch spots around:
1. The Woodshack
Located at 1862 South 10th Street, The Woodshack is great at smoking meats and producing dishes with a lot of flavor! While we love their sandwiches and their white cheddar mac ‘n cheese, The Woodshack also offers a great selection of salads and wraps for a healthy lunch treat using those smoked meats. Our healthy favorites include the Power Wrap with quinoa, turkey, avocado, arugula and ginger dressing and the Power Blend Salad with quinoa, brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, avocado and your choice of meat plus a hard boiled egg!
2. Ninth Street Deli
Now serving at their new spot at 2732 S. 13th Street, Ninth Street Deli at Howard’s has some of the best sandwiches in St Louis. They have a great selection of classic deli sandwiches and their own specialties that have become classics in their own right. Plus, their soups and salads are absolutely delicious! If you’re looking for a healthy lunch, we recommend Ninth Street’s “Pick Two” lunch special where you can order two of the following: half of a sandwich, a cup of soup, a house salad or another side for a great deal. This can be a nice way to choose a healthy soup or salad and pair it along with half of a sandwich for maximum enjoyment and health benefit. Our healthy favorites include the chopped salad with fresh corn, avocado, tomato, green onion and tarragon vinaigrette and Ninth Street’s stuffed pepper soup! Plus, if you’re dying for a sandwich (like we often are!), you can always ask them to hold the aioli or cheese on a sandwich or take off half of the bread before digging in.
3. Mission Taco Joint
As Mission Taco Joint expands throughout St Louis, we’re lucky enough to have one of the original locations here in Soulard. When we’re looking for a fresh lunch in the Soulard area, we love to order the South Beach Burrito (grilled chicken, cilantro rice, smashed black beans, Chihuahua cheese, and chipotle aioli; topped with guacamole) and the Cali Burrito (Vegan Impossible™ Burger, smashed black beans, lettuce, vegan cheese, guacamole, and chile de arbol salsa; wrapped in a wheat tortilla). Normally we order them without the tortilla and can only finish about half of the burrito since Mission Taco Joint is definitely generous when it comes to burrito portions!
4. Island Life Soulard
Lastly, you know this list wouldn’t be complete without Island Life! With our meals freshly prepared and ready for take out, it’s as simple as placing an order on your favorite food delivery app or stopping by our studio. All of our menu items are prepared from whole ingredients, using lots of veggies, beans and lean meats and house-made dressings and sauces, so you know anything you order has been carefully crafted by our chef to not only taste good, but be good for you. From a smoothie, quick snack or salad to a robust power bowl or meal kit, we’ve got you covered when you need something in a delicious, healthy and in a hurry.
In the end, Soulard has some incredible restaurant options whether you’re looking for pizza, tacos and burgers or something a little lighter! These are just some of our favorite healthy and fresh dishes in the neighborhood and we hope you get to try each place.
Island Life is so excited to be joining the cadre of delicious food establishments in Soulard. Our take on take-out may be different than others in the neighborhood, but our conviction to provide a great experience and a delicious meal is exactly the same. The great thing about dining in Soulard is the variety of options, if you are looking for Mexican, Irish, American, Greek, Italian or BBQ, it’s all here and it’s all super-tasty!
So, what does Island Life have that is different from everyone else? Keep on reading to find out!
Easy & Convenient Meals To-Go
First things first, our food program makes healthy, delicious meals easy and convenient with breakfast, lunch, snacks and smoothies available for pick-up 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, meaning you can get lunch at breakfast or whenever you need it.
All of Island Life’s meals are freshly prepared and ready-to-go in our display case. Whether you are a yoga student or just stopping by on your lunch break, you can find a delicious prepared meal made of fresh, whole ingredients that is ready for pick-up. All items are packaged in convenient, microwavable and recyclable containers that can go to work, home or wherever you are headed.
At Island Life, we offer a thoughtfully crafted menu, that changes frequently so you can explore a variety of delicious items on a regular basis. From small bites that will provide you the energy you need to get through the day, such as protein snack packs, to breakfast and lunch entrees you can rely on to keep you full, including breakfast burritos, power bowls and salads with all the fixings and house-made dressings.
Prepared By A Nutrition Focused Chef
As head chef at Island Life, I’m also a health nut. So when I think of our menu each week, I want to be sure our meals have health benefits as well as a great taste. We love veggies, healthy fats and lean meats, so if you’re looking for healthy meals to fit into your busy schedule, our selection is perfect for you! (As a side note, we also offer personalized meal prep as well).
We welcome everyone at Island Life and part of our commitment to this ideal involves crafting meals for different dietary needs. Most of our meals are already vegetarian or vegan but we generally have an option to add an animal protein for anyone that wants it!
Not having time to shop for and cook healthy meals is the most frequent reason people give for not maintaining a healthy diet. It takes time to select ingredients that are good for you and prepare them in a way that is nutritionally beneficial. On average, Americans eat out four to five times a week, and typically these restaurant meals are much higher in calories than a meal you would prepare at home, often half of your recommended calories for an entire day in just one meal!
That’s why we try to make it easy! For healthy meals at an affordable price with quick pick-up, swing by our cafe, order online or check out our menu for this week.
At Island Life Yoga & Nutrition, we interact almost every day with first-time yogis in the Soulard area of St Louis who always have great questions before their first class. In fact, one of the most common questions we get asked from first-timers, men and women alike, is “what do I wear?”.
While most people would recommend wearing whichever clothes you would normally wear to go to the gym, yoga does have some special movements and atmospheres where the clothes you wear can be a distraction from your practice. In this post, I’ll talk about the factors you should take into consideration when picking out your yoga wardrobe and how I pick out my yoga clothes each day before going to teach at our studio.
Choosing a Shirt
In general when you’re looking for a shirt to wear to yoga, think about the movements and the condition of the class you’ll be attending. For example, let’s say you’re attending bikram yoga or hot yoga class where the room can be up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case, you may want to consider wearing a sports bra or tank top and sometimes men can even forgo a shirt or tank altogether (check with your instructor first to see if this is an option!). If you’re attending a beginner class, it’s likely that any comfortable t-shirt or tank top that gives you a free range of motion will be perfect. You may even be able to get away with wearing a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt in a beginner’s class so that you’re warm throughout each pose.
Layering can also be a good idea when it comes to a great yoga top! If you’re attending a class where you’ll be doing inversions or more advanced poses, you may want to put a tucked in camisole under a looser shirt if you’re concerned about showing your midriff. This way you can still focus on your poses instead of possibly being concerned with pulling down a t-shirt to cover up. Layering can also work if you tend to get hot and cold during class time. So if you’re cold at the beginning or end, you may want to bring a long sleeve shirt with a tank underneath so you can wear the longer shirt during the cold portions of class.
All in all, in picking out a yoga shirt, you want to be sure you’re not exposing more of your body than you feel comfortable when doing your poses. And you want to be sure you’re able to get into any pose comfortably without your shirt restricting your movement.
I personally like to wear a tank top when I teach or practice because then I don’t have to worry about pushing long sleeves out of the way or worry about a tight t-shirt restricting my arm movements. When picking out a good yoga shirt, I like to do some stretches to ensure that I’m getting full rotation in my shoulders and I make sure the shirt is long enough to cover my lower back when I’m in positions like downward dog or a forward bend.
For a great yoga pant, you have a lot of options! Most athletic clothing brands offer pants made specifically for yoga in bootcut, skinny and cropped designs in a variety of colors and patterns. But if you’re not quite sure you want to invest in a pair of yoga-specific pants, you still have other great options:
Just like with a shirt, the most important part of choosing a pair of pants to wear to yoga is making sure you can move around in them. If I’m not sure whether a pair of pants can work, I do some squats and bends to make sure my pants aren’t restricting my range of motion. I also want to be sure my pants aren’t too long so I’m not accidentally stepping on them. I personally like a high-waisted pair of pants as well, just so I’m sure I’m adequately covered if we’re doing inversions or more difficult poses.
Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to accessorize! Here are some popular accessories many of my students like to add to their yoga ensembles:
Long story short, you want to wear something comfortable that you can move and stretch in. You don’t want your clothing to limit your range of motion but you don’t want your clothes to become a distraction by being too long or too loose. If you’re a first time student, a t-shirt and leggings or shorts is usually a safe bet! And I encourage you to try different styles during your first couple classes to see what feels best.
All in all, we strive at Island Life to be non-intimidating and to make everyone feel comfortable, so wear whatever makes you feel good to move in. Plus you can even order some Island Life merch from our studio to sport while you’re in class or in your daily life!