I find it really hard to get enough vegetables to feed my belly at most restaurants. The salad is usually too small, there is little variety of vegetables on the menu or all the vegetables are cooked to death and mixed with sauces and/or cheese. I find myself asking to double the amount of vegetables or to double the size of the salad I order. When I order dips, I ask the server for raw vegetables instead of more chips or bread – What comes back usually is a couple of wilted celery sticks. The majority of meals tend to be based around meat and low quality carbohydrates or SAD ”Standard American Diet”…
Are you tired of seeing SAD everywhere you eat? Well, I surely am…
This dilemma has been on my mind, because I’ve had to eat out more lately and are constantly looking for healthy places to eat where I don’t need to cook all the time to get the quality of food and quantity of vegetables my body needs and deserves.
In in an ideal world – there would be every vegetable that’s available that season fresh and ready to be cooked and/or served raw anyway you like the moment you sit down at a restaurant. This would be how Food Babe’s restaurant would run… and I would eat there all the time.
Of course there are a few gems in this world that have gotten it right. True Food Kitchen is one of them.
I was really lucky to visit this magical restaurant in California, last week. True Food Kitchen’s menu is based on the famous Anti-Inflammatory Diet coined by the world renowned holistic medicine guru – Dr. Andrew Weil. Maybe this is why the restaurant has all of the four things that I wish every restaurant would have.
#1 – An Abundance of a Variety of Fresh Organic and/or Local Vegetables:
Experiencing True Food’s bouquet of raw crudities was like stepping directly into a cabbage patch. Check out this beauty below. When this HUGE bowl (you can’t tell from the photo) came to our table – my eyes lit up like a huge pot of gold had been dropped in my lap. Smiling from ear to ear – my mom and I destroyed this and didn’t leave one bit for any measly rabbits near by to grab a nibble. Imagine being able to start every meal out with the variety and abundance of these veggies….PURE BLISS!
#2 – Fresh Juice:
This is a no brainer. You have vegetables? Why not add a juicer to your bar area and just juice them for people. Come on restaurants! We Want Juice! We Want Juice! … do I need to scream it from the roof tops? I can count the number of sit down restaurants in my city on one hand that have fresh juice and other tasty whole foods plant based menu items. And I still have two fingers left…
#3 – Organic Dairy & Dairy Alternatives:
One of the only times I catch myself not eating organic dairy is when I am out traveling or going out to eat. Ordering from the dessert menu is my favorite highlight of eating out. If the dessert has ice cream on it – it is almost always made with conventional milk – full of antibiotics and cancer causing growth hormones. This is one of the things that drives me the most insane – not being able to make a good decision when ordering dessert out. Cheese is easier to avoid than dessert for me… so this is why I loved the fact that True Roots offered dairy alternatives and organic dairy ice cream as choices.
#4 Outdoor Seating:
Because we all need to get a little more Vitamin D naturally and not through supplements. Enough said.
And… if the restaurant happens to makes their pesto out of the beautiful leaves of my favorite vegetable (KALE) it takes the place to a whole another level!
What would your perfect restaurant have?