The mountains are such a healthy place to be with abundant fresh air and bounds of outdoor activities. And Colorado is super vegan-friendly!
But when you want to replenish your energy with a green smoothie or fresh vegan or vegetarian meal, will you be able to find one? The answer is YES!
I’ve rounded up my go-to collection of veggie-lovers’ delights for you in Aspen, Colorado. So, if you’re on your way to Aspen and have a thing for healthy food, I’ve got you covered!
Pyramid Bistro is the first “nutritarian restaurant”, named by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD.
A “nutritarian” describes a person who consumes the most micronutrients per calorie. In Joel’s book, Eat to Live, he shares his philosophy and wonderful whole food plant-based recipes!
Pyramid Bistro’s menu is a pleasure to peruse, especially if you’re looking for a healthy meal that’s yummy.
They have delightful vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and omnivore selections to choose from.
Pyramid Bistro’s mission is to offer their guests delicious flavorful foods that have the highest nutritional profile. These meals are prepared in ways to maximize their health benefits.
When you arrive, you’ll be charmed by the location. Pyramid Bistro is on the 2nd floor, above Aspen’s cute Explore Bookstore.
Indoor or outdoor seating is available, depending on the weather. It’s a quaint little spot with lots of windows and plants.
One of my favorite dishes is the Lemongrass Tofu forbidden rice with broccoli, roasted potatoes, cabbage, and tamari sauce.
The Asian Noodle Salad with pickled ginger is also at the top of my list! Another stellar choice is the Sweet Potato Gnocchi with sweet corn, apricots, peas, and green beans.
The gnocchi isn’t a vegan option but it’s vegetarian and scrumptious.
Finish off your meal with the vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse! Perfection.
2. SPRING CAFE
Spring Cafe is a lovely, small organic eatery and juice bar located on South Spring Street in Aspen.
During the warmer months, they have a nice outdoor patio to enjoy your lunch with your friends in the Colorado sunshine.
Their menu is a plentiful selection of smoothies, juices, salads, wraps, warm noodle dishes, and baked treats.
Start off with a Beet Mine juice of beets, watermelon, and lime. Or, a Green Light with kale, romaine, cucumber, celery, and pineapple.
My personal favorite dishes are the Eat the Rainbow Salad and the Chickpea “tuna” Pita. These are sure to satisfy if you’re looking for a fresh and vibrant lunch. Add grilled tofu, tempeh avocado, or black beans to any of the salads for some additional protein.
For warmer and heartier choices, I recommend trying the Pad Thai or the Highlands Bowl.
For dressing on the Highlands Bowl, you get to choose from Peanut, Ginger Tamari, Tahini, or Pico de Gallo. This is served over grains, steamed veggies, and a choice of either tofu or tempeh.
Now, let’s talk about dessert. Vegan cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, and carrot cake to name a few of their very tasty selections! Save some room because you’re going to want one. And, you should have one. If you’re enjoying vegan food in Aspen, you must try a dessert from Spring Cafe!
3. BIG WRAP
An order-at-the-counter style take-out joint in Aspen, Big Wrap is the best in town for a quick and delicious lunch.
Perfect for finding an open picnic bench in a park, or swinging back to your condominium or hotel lobby to feast. They do have some seating inside but it can fill up quickly.
Their menu is chock full of creative gourmet wraps and large salads. My front-runner from a plant-based perspective is the “To Thai For” wrap with braised tofu, peanut sauce (hello, you had me at peanut sauce), brown rice, crunchy confetti slaw, and black beans.
Next up, the “Chow Baby” with tofu, rice, black beans, oriental veggies, peanuts, and pineapple teriyaki. Are you hungry yet? These are my favorites when I’m thinking of all options that are vegan in Colorado!
Big Wrap’s salads are equally delightful with top choices being the Southwestern Salad, the Oriental Salad, and the Greek Salad. And don’t forget to order a side of citrus corn chips. They are a must-try.
Big Wrap in Aspen also has a delicious smoothie menu in case your appetite is a little lighter, with luscious selections that include peach, strawberry, pineapple, mango, and more. Soft drinks and teas are available too.
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Thai food is my all-time favorite cuisine! (and one of my favorite travel destinations, but that’s a topic for a different post) So, you can imagine how pleased I am that so many Thai dishes can be made vegan.
Bangkok Happy Bowl is tucked back in a small shopping center in Aspen just off the main street. A cute, come-as-you-are casual setting that’s convenient for either take-out or dine-in. When you’re in vegan-friendly Colorado, you find amazing places like this one!
A few of my go-to recommendations are the Satay Tofu, Vegetarian Gyoza, or the Papaya Jay Salad to start. Then for the main dish, try Panang Jay Curry, Pad Thai Jay, or the Drunken Noodle Jay. To die for!
Everything I’ve had on their menu has been insanely delicious. Being a local’s favorite, I’ve heard rave reviews from friends and it’s a staple in town for when the craving for Thai hits.
5. MI CHOLA
On the bustling corner of Main and Mill Streets in Aspen, this splendid little spot will entice you to stay even after your done eating, just for the vibe.
It’s colorful and energetic, with a menu that’ll spoil you with its sauces and super flavor punches.
Of course, you should start with some chips and fresh guacamole. For entrees choices, if you’re going for vegetables, the veggie burrito is the best bet, which comes with a side of rice and beans.
You could also dip into some fried avocado street tacos or a portobello wrap for something a little more savory and interesting!
Mi Chola has wonderful salad options with a Taco Salad and Santa Fe Salad on the menu. You could add shrimp if you eat seafood, or request it to be topped with avocado or additional beans.
There are some fabulous Ahi choices such as Ahi Poke bowl or the Ahi wrap with pineapple salsa, cucumber, and avocado.
Libations: An impressive list of tequilas accompanies their margarita and specialty drinks menu.
My choice is the Skinny Lolita with Elvelo Blanco, muddled lemon, lime, orange, and agave nectar. Next time, I’d like to try the Mexican Mule and The Cadillac!
Now you’ve got your vegan Aspen list and you can look forward to trying each of them in Aspen!
If you’re making your way through Colorado, you’ll find the other regions, as well as Denver, that are very vegan friendly too!
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