BY MAMA CHALLENGE – Going out to eat with the kids isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to watch what they are putting in their bodies. Here is a quick list to the Top 10 healthiest restaurants for kids (and hopefully for you, too!) All of these also have gluten-free options so make sure to ask your server!
Vitality Bowls, 4 states with 20+ locations
While this new hot spot only has one Texas location, the West Coast has long embraced this uber-healthy joint that doesn’t just feed your hunger, but gives you body the things it needs to work at its best. Vitality Bowls® superfood café is looking to revolutionize the new idea of its Açaí Bowls®. Made from a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich açaí berry, the bowls are choc full of fruits, veggies, granola, and nuts for every palate. But the menu also includes smoothies, juices, wraps/paninis and salads served all day. While the idea sounds good to pile a lot of healthy things in one bowl, I wondered if the kids would dig in.
Much to my doubts, my daughter who is often the hardest to convince, said it was tasty and pretty, too. Just remember the bowl is cold, so this ain’t an oatmeal alternative. This is different than what you’ve had before, but change is good. And this change is real good for both of you. Plus they serve a chocolate covered banana too, so there’s always room for chocolate – as long as there’s fruit, too ?
BY THE DENVER POST – Healthy eaters in Colorado now have a new place to check out. Vitality Bowls, a “superfoods” cafe that launched in California in 2011, will open its first restaurant in Colorado on Friday.
“It took off in the (San Francisco) Bay Area very quickly,” said co-ownerVenkata Punati, a self-described “fitness freak” who hustled to bring the first franchise to Colorado.
The menu features about 15 types of açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) bowlsserved without fillers — no artificial preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, ice cream or frozen yogurt.
The açai berry, native to Central and South America, shows up in everything from energy bowls (about $11) and detox bowls (about $12) to breakfast and dessert bowls, such as the Nutty Dessert Bowl ($6.99), which is a mix of organic açai, coconut milk, peanut butter, bananas, and dark chocolate.
The Dragon Bowl (about $12) is a burst of dragon fruit, also known as pitaya — the exotic fruit from Central and South America — plus mango juice, bananas, raspberries and pineapple.
There’s also a fresh juice bar at Vitality Bowls, plus salads, soups and panini sandwiches that include The Olympian ($5.99) with peanut butter on whole wheat with granola, bananas and honey.
2702 E. 3rd Ave. vitalitybowls.com. read more