Democratizing Good Food
Invited to preview The Harvest Bar before it officially opened in LA , I was truly impressed at the fast casual/grab-n-go outlet. This superfoods cafe offers a good variety of smoothies, breakfast bowls, warm savory bowls and a selection of coffee and tea. Personalization in LA is key and there are options for vegan, gluten-free and spicy eaters and customers get to select exactly what they want in -- or added to -- their bowls.
Being a huge wellness advocate, I loved hearing that the owner was inspired by street food in Brazil and is motivated to democratize good, fresh, local food options. Pretty sweet!
I went with my best friend and we agreed that this was a great place and would come back on our own. I highly recommend the Butter Coffee which is blended organic coffee with organic coconut oil and grass-fed butter. For BulletProof coffee fans, you know what I am talking about! My friend intially went "yuck" until she tasted mine and changed her mind. Yummy!
Another hit was the Avochoco Smoothie - which again, my friend squinched up her nose but ended up loving it. (Avacado, coconut milk, dates, coconut butter, organic coconut oil, cacao and chocolate nibs) While probably not light on calories - I have to say - heck yes!!!
Signature Bowl: Super Protein
- Protein Blend: organic acai, peanut butter, banana, hemp protein, dates, hemp milk.
- Toppings: almonds, pumpkin seeds, bee pollen, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, goji, your choice of fruit.
- Personalization: We selected blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
What I Learned:
Bee Pollen: The little yellow things are bee pollen, which, according to the U.S. National Libary of Medicine, "... demonstrates a series of actions such as antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anticancer immunostimulating, and local analgesic."
Hemp Seeds: A little woo-wooy and crunchy-granola, hippyish was my initial reaction, until I liked what I tasted and then was curious to know more about hemp seeds. Hemp is good for your heart and is high in Omega 3 & Omega 6. If you want to know more click here.
I ended up buying both as Sprouts and have included bee pollen and hemp in my daily diet.
Cuban Savory Bowl
- Ingredients: organic quinoa, brown rice, black beans, homemade jackfruit carnitas, locally grown baby wild arugula, cilantro, red onion, mango salsa, lime, avocado cilantro cream.
What I Learned: Jack fruit was used to mimic the taste of carnitas. It was so good then I could not tell the difference between carnitas and the plant-based version. True! Not kidding!
Curious to learn how to do this myself, I found this article, "Jackfruit: This BBQ pulled "pork" is the healthy food trend you need to try."
Hot Pink Smoothie (Made with Dragon Fruit)
- Ingredients: dragon fruit, strawberry, banana, agave, apple juice.