Your New Year’s resolutions might be put on pause in the very near future as Carnival season takes its annual hold on the city. Even in New Orleans, a city of gluttonous delights, there are still ways to stay healthy. If you have already picked up that king cake from La Boulangerie, luckily your salvation lies just down the street. A handful of health-oriented businesses have popped up on Magazine Street between Cadiz and Marengo Streets, proving that New Orleans has a healthy side, too — and may help you develop the habits to tackle that resolution.
Raw Republic is a wellness boutique that sells cold-pressed, 100 percent organic, vegan and gluten-free juices and smoothies. Some food — like Mayan truffles — is also available for sale as well as other health products and books on healthy living. The benefit of adding Raw Republic’s juice to your diet — and juicing in general — is that it is easily digestible, meaning your body doesn’t have to work as hard to process the nutrients. The store also offers one-day, three-day, and five-day cleanses. Try the Pop Your Collar juice, a sweet, cohesive blend of collard, kale, apple, mint and lemon.
Magasin is part of the city’s strong and growing modern Vietnamese cuisine portfolio. Offering affordable dishes with slight twists on the traditional, Magasin is a great spot for a healthy lunch. In 2012, it won Gambit’s Best of New Orleans prize for the Best New Restaurant category. If you are craving pho or just some lighter fare, you can definitely find it at Magasin.
Temple Gym is a unique exercise space in this healthy living corridor of Magazine. Various tenants rent out the space to offer their own services including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, personal training, physical therapy and more. The gym offers memberships for $50 per person or $75 per couple on a month-by-month basis, but if you are just looking to drop in on an individual class, they offer those as well. Contact Temple Gym for more details on pricing and scheduling.
Superfood Bar offers juices, smoothies and healthy — and in many cases raw and vegan — eats like the spicy red bean patty salad and the miso rice wrap. This is another spot to try out if you are looking to be more conscious of what you are putting into your body. Superfood Bar has a small eat-in area to consume that healthy lunch, or you can just order at the window and take it to go. If you are in the military, or are a firefighter or police officer, bring your ID to get 20 percent off.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine
Nirvana has been a fixture on Magazine Street since the early 80s. It offers a $9.95 buffet daily (except Mondays) for lunch as well as for dinner on Thursdays and Sundays that includes several vegetarian dishes. Other vegetarian selections may be ordered a la carte such as Mushroom Masala (mushrooms in a tomato and onion cream sauce) and Sabj Kali Milch, vegetables in a sweet, peppery cream sauce.