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Healthy Living Guide: Brooklyn

September 22, 2011

We had such an overwhelming response from all of you when we posted our series of NYC Healthy Living Guides, and had so much fun writing them, that we decided to take it a step further and create guides for the cities that you all live in! We’ll start with another New York City borough, famous for its appreciation of health and wellness, and home to several of our students and graduates: Brooklyn.




The V Spot
156 5th Avenue

A completely vegan restaurant in Park Slope, The V Spot offers a large variety of flavors for a low price. They have a beautiful garden space in the back, but get there early as the tables fill up quickly!


iris cafeIris Café
20 Columbia Place

This lively café on a quiet street in Cobble Hill is definitely the place to be on a Saturday morning. Iris café fills up quickly and the wait for a table could be a while, but the avocado toast topped with a poached egg is definitely worth the wait!


flatbush farmsFlatbush Farm
76 St Marks Avenue

This conspicuous little restaurant catches everyone’s eye with a giant, bright-red “FARM” sign above the door. Farm uses only local, organic ingredients to create beautiful, farm fresh dishes. This is the perfect option for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.


sun in bloomSun In Bloom
460 Bergen Street

Integrative Nutrition graduate Aimee Follette opened Sun In Bloom, a 100% organic, gluten free oasis in Park Slope. Amie offers a variety of meal options, ranging from pancakes to burritos. Top it all off with a cupcake or chocolate chip cookie!


urban rusticUrban Rustic
236 N. 12th Street

Urban Rustic is a true farm-to-table staple in the trendy North Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. They feature bio-dynamic, organic and sustainably produced foods. Pick up a salad or sandwich with some organic lemonade or kombucha and head across the street to McCarren Park to enjoy your lunch!


bliss cafeBliss
191 Bedford Avenue

Bliss is a cozy vegetarian café in the heart of Williamsburg that offers a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in the form of tofu, seitan, vegetables and delicious baked goods. The space is small, but perfect for a quiet lunch with friends.


eat cafeEat
124 Meserole Avenue

This restaurant has a constantly changing menu as they serve only local, seasonal produce. It’s a welcome change from other restaurants that serve out-of-season vegetables year round. In fact, the chef at Eat is so passionate about using only local ingredients, he stopped selling coffee because of the distance it travels to get to the table. However, guests are more than welcome to BYOC!


ella cafeElla Café
177 Bedford Avenue

Ella Café, located in Williamsburg, is a local favorite for brunch. Stop in on a Saturday morning for an organic omelet and a fresh, organic juice to go with it. They also have an extensive take out menu and use only bio-degradable to-go containers and utensils.


Green Markets


McCarren Park Green Market

Union Ave Between Driggs and North 12th Street

Explore the McCarran Park Green Market for an abundance of local produce. The market is open Saturdays year-round from 8 am to 3 pm.


Prospect Park Green Market

Grand Army Plaza

The Prospect Park green market features dozens of stalls full of beautiful produce, flowers and meat. Open Saturdays year-round from 8 am to 4 pm.


Work Out


Brooklyn Bridge Park


The Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches along the water front. There are several fields and volleyball courts as well as a few miles of running trail. Not to mention the gorgeous view of Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, this is the perfect place to meet your friends for an outdoor run or boot camp!


Go Yoga

112 North 6th Street

Go Yoga is a beautiful and stress-free yoga studio in downtown Williamsburg that is a favorite among IIN staff and Brooklyners alike. They feature several classes a day in all varieties of yoga practices as well as meditations classes. Stop in to de-stress after a long day of work or start your morning with a refreshing yoga class.


Personal Trainer: Aja Davis

Aja Davis is an Integrative Nutrition graduate and passionate fitness trainer. She has a black belt in Taekwondo and is a North Carolina State Sparring Champion. If you need to get in shape, Aja is your girl! Visit her website for more information on how to schedule an appointment.


Health Coaches


Delicious Vitality

IIN Graduate Alex Jamieson

Alex Jamieson is an Integrative Nutrition graduate and celebrated Health Coach. She has made appearances in the media several times, most notably on Oprah and the Oscar nominated hit movie, Super Size Me. She is also the author of The Great American Detox Diet.


Delicious Life

IIN Graduate, Christy Goldfeder

Christy, a graduate of Integrative Nutrition, lives a delicious life, and wants to help you do the same. Christy empowers busy, stressed professionals to shed pounds, de-stress, and love life (and themselves) again with her Delicious Life Anti-Diet – eating delicious, healthy food, learning to relax and having more fun!


Suzanne Boothby

Suzanne is a graduate of Integrative Nutrition, a Health Coach and the author of the new book, The After Cancer Diet: How to Live a Healthier Than Ever Before. Suzanne works with clients to improve their diet to reduce their risk of disease and make them healthier and happier!