My Balance & Wellness
with Sarah Hawthorne


San Francisco: A Modern + Wholesome Guide

San Francisco has a plethora of health gems spread out around the city. This special guide has been designed to share with you some of my personal favorites, new discoveries and older classics I simply couldn't leave off the list. ENJOY! 


Seed + Salt
Small but mighty, this modern café serving organic, vegan and gluten free fare is a must for SF health hipsters. Proud of their Northern Californian roots, the team at Seed + Salt promises you honest, delicious food that your body will appreciate. Try their signature Beet Burger and tasty Taco Salad. There's also a mouth watering “Hot Plate” special, which is currently flavor-packed Spaghetti Squash w/ Buckeye Veggie Balls + fresh tomato sauce.

Nourish Cafe
Nourish Café is 100% plant-based and uses organic ingredients to create delicious, wholesome and healthy foods. Their mission is to help you eat healthier and feel amazing through a natural, plant-based diet. Nourish Café proudly serves everything you could possibly need: salads, wraps, sandwiches, toasts, acai bowls, smoothies and juices. YUM – give them a try.

Little Gem
New to the Hayes Valley neighborhood, Little Gem serves seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as juices, smoothies, and tea by SongTea. What’s truly important is that the team cares deeply about where they source their food, how it's grown and who grows it. So you can enjoy your meal with peace of mind knowing it’s of the highest quality. A nutritious selection of soups, salads and other healthy dishes can be found here, such as the “King of Hayes” Chef’s Plate: delicious and perfectly balanced King Salmon on a bed of red quinoa, with olives, almonds, wilted spinach, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette. 

Photo from Little Gem 

Photo from Little Gem 

As Quoted
SF’s brand new healthy eatery, As Quoted, offers seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine to the Presidio Heights neighborhood. Offerings include a menu of satisfying salads (I love the Chinese chicken) and open-faced sandwiches with gluten-free bread (BLT and Breakfast versions are favorites because of the bacon of course), luscious veggie smoothies (go for the green), Happy Moose Cold Pressed Juice and Tonics, daily bone broth-based soups, and Andytown Coffee with alternative “milk” options. So pop on in, check out the recently renovated and ultra modern space, and nourish your body with all these healthy goodies. 


Alternative Apparel
Alternative Apparel is the place to go for comfortable, stylish and organic lounge + active wear. The business is 100% committed to creating sustainable and innovative products responsibly, by respecting people and the planet. They specialize in modern basics for both women and men, as well as a selection of accessories. If we care about eating organically for our health and the environment, we should also care just as much about wearing organic clothing to make an even bigger impact.      

Thistle is the healthiest and coolest meal delivery service around, supplying Bay Area health junkies with ultra fresh, organic, gluten and dairy free food that tastes incredible. Plus, they are sustainably minded with yummy goodies being delivered in super cute eco-friendly packaging. From Thistle, you get delicious, nutritionist-designed meals delivered right to your door for way less than the cost of eating out. With prices as low as $10 a meal, it’s the easiest way to eat healthy. So if you want to eat better, save time, and feel amazing, enjoy 20% off first order with the code BALANCE20. 

Photo from Thistle

Photo from Thistle

credo BEAUTY 
When it comes to looking amazing (naturally), credo BEAUTY is your one stop beauty shop on trendy Fillmore St. Their philosophy is that safe beauty is essential, not “alternative”, and that looking good and feeling good can co-exist in a world where we do no harm to ourselves or to the world at large. They offer products that are exquisite, effective, modern, and good in every sense. After all, you are not only what you eat, but what you put on your skin, so shopping for all your beauty products at credo BEAUTY means you don’t have to spend precious time researching ingredients and quality, they have already done the hard work for you.  


Class Pass   
If you haven’t already heard of this amazing membership service, let me quickly fill you in. Class Pass is perfect for people who love to mix up their fitness regimes, and enjoy a wide variety of classes, gyms and studios. Create a flexible routine that works for you and set your own schedule. Challenge yourself with different ways to work out, and discover activities that you truly feel passionate about. Class Pass is a great way to experience more, stay motivated, move your body regularly, meet new people and make exercising fun! It’s also super affordable, so there’s no excuse not to make the most of it.  

REEBOOT Yoga with LIVE DJ at The Pad
Proudly founded by women, but welcomes all men with open arms too, The Pad is a beautifully polished yoga studio located in trendy Cow Hollow with white glove service and ultra effective yoga classes (power yoga and Pilates, as well as prenatal). What’s particularly HOT right now, is their signature REBOOT yoga with gorgeous Nicole Cronin and her funky DJ boyfriend Ryan Lucero (SF renowned). Flow dynamically, sweat away all those nasty toxins, breathe deeply, tune in to your body, clear your mind and shake your booty in this super fun night class.  

Photo from The Pad

Photo from The Pad

Located in the NOPA/lower Haight neighborhood, Salt is all about a heart pumping, full-body workouts that build lean muscle and sweat away toxins. All classes are intelligently choreographed to music to aid in connecting your mind and body for extra intensity and fluidity of movement. No matter what class you do, you will leave SALT exhausted, invigorated and covered in sweat. What’s super cool is they host a monthly dance party you must check out.


International Orange
News alert! IO fans will be thrilled to discover that they are opening their 2nd location in the heart of Marin County on April 9th. No need to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, as you can enjoy easy access from the city with the Larkspur Ferry conveniently located across the street. Guests will experience the same luxurious and results-focused treatments they’ve come to love from the first location in San Francisco, including facials, massage and acupuncture. IO Marin features an expanded retail boutique totally worth checking out, offering organic, natural and biodynamic skincare and lifestyle brands to deck you out from head to toe. 

Photo from International Orange

Photo from International Orange

Spa Vitale
Spa Vitale has a unique rooftop location on Hotel Vitale’s penthouse floor. Decompress and relax with their Unique Bathing Ritual service, a soaking bath infused with revitalizing aromatic lavender bath milk and bath salts made exclusively for Spa Vitale. After your revitalizing aromatic bath, indulge in a calming aromatic massage experience. Perfect for getting a spring skin glow, Spa Vitale also offers 25 min stimulating Hot Organic Lavender Brown Sugar Back scrub or Hot Peppermint Himalayan Pink Salt Foot Scrub. Did I mention that after your pampering experience at Spa Vitale, you will take home a souvenir gift bag?

Time to relax and unwind at SenSpa in the eucalyptus steam room and Swiss showers. Lounge around all day in a cozy spa robe while sipping on a soothing cup of tea and reading a good book. Allow yourself to slow down from the hustle and bustle of the busy work week by taking a restorative nap in one of the three luxurious lounges that you simply won’t want to leave. If you get a little peckish, you can enjoy a nutritious bite to eat in their new organic cafe featuring food from one of SF’s healthiest eateries, The Plant. Use of the spa facilities is included at no charge with a 50-minute or longer spa appointment, however you can enjoy “Day Use” without a treatment for just $25 Monday through Friday only. 

I pride my self in being a nutritious foodie! If you live in the Bay Area and want to discover how to eat out without adding to your waistline, contact me to set up your very own personalized Nutrition + Helath Coaching sessions. Embrace an empowered transformation in the way you enjoy food and nourish your body on a daily basis. I am here to guide and support you in ditching the junk and adding in all the good so that you can look and feel your best.