BY KANSAS CITY STAR – New area franchisees for the San Ramon, Calif.-based chain Vitality Bowls want to open their first location in Leawood or Overland Park.
Chris Landes and his wife, Judy Deines, of Lee’s Summit, became franchisees after Deines tried the chain on her business travels.
“She wanted good, healthy food and truly loved the food itself,” Landes said. They plan at least two area locations and are looking for spaces of 1,000-to-1,200 square feet.
Menu items include acai bowls, detox bowls (with kale, bananas, strawberries, honey, flax seed and more), panini, salads and soups, smoothies, breakfast bowls and a fresh juice bar.
BY SOUTHLAKE STYLE – An entire eatery dedicated to superfoods? Vitality Bowls, you shouldn’t have. But we’re so glad you did. The Colleyville café offers refreshing nourishment by the spoonful with its handcrafted açaí bowls, a thick, creamy blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich açaí berry. Each bowl is piled to the brim with superfoods such as chia seeds, goji berries and bee pollen. Step aside yogurt—a freshly prepared açaí bowl is our new favorite way to start the day.
Vitality Bowls operates with one purpose: to feed bodies the food of life. Keeping this mission in mind, the café steers clear of arti cial preservatives and trans fats and doesn’t add llers such as ice, sugar or frozen yogurt. The result? The pure taste of good-for- you foods. Each bite is a flavor packed explosion of fruits and veggies that tastes indulgent but is blissfully and wonderfully healthful.
The menu features an impressive variety of açaí bowls such as the Tropical Bowl (with mango, pineapple, coconut milk and flaxseed, among a handful of other wholesome ingredients) and the Green Bowl (made with ingredients such as kale, kiwi and hemp seeds). We’re partial, naturally, to the Dragon Bowl. Grab a spoon and dig into this nutrient-packed bowl bursting with pitaya, strawberries, almonds and goji berries. The blended pitaya is consistently creamy, and the strawberries taste as if they’ve been plucked straight from the garden. Almonds add delightful texture and crunch—and protein.
The açaí bowls are the star of the show at Vitality Bowls, but the café also offers made-to-order smoothies and juices along with house-made paninis, salads and soups that will lure you back for lunch. You’ll feel good about ordering anything from the menu—the turkey and sirloin prepared for salads and sandwiches are hormone-free and all-natural, with no preservatives or nitrates. The Roasted Turkey Panini (with mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, Dijon and pesto) is a great grab-and-go lunch. Running around with the kids on the weekend? Stop in for a quick, healthy bite. The kids’ menu offers a kids’ bowl, smoothie and grilled cheese sandwich along with sen- sible beverages such as orange carrot juice and non- fat milk.
If you’re committed to eating clean, Vitality Bowls provides an oasis. But it’s a delicious destination even for part-time health enthusiasts. Whether you want a nourishing breakfast or a quick pick-me-up, Vitality Bowls will leave you happy, healthy and satisfied.