Vitality Bowls in Cambridge, best known for its healthy menu offerings such as acai bowls, smoothies, salads, wraps, panini and more, is officially partnered with MIT’s TechCash program.
The TechCASH program allows MIT students, staff and faculty to purchase goods and services through using their MIT card or Mobile ID. Similar to a debit account, cardholders deposit money into their TechCASH plan and use that stored value to purchase goods and services from participating merchants.
MIT Students can use their TechCASH to purchase anything from Vitality Bowls in Cambridge, which is a short, 10-minute walk from the MIT Campus, situated at 425 Massachusetts Avenue below the Market Central Apartments. This partnership comes at an ideal time as warm weather approaches and the MIT Food Court shuts down for renovations.
“I’m thrilled to partner with MIT and TechCASH to make Vitality Bowls in Cambridge more accessible to students, faculty and staff,” says Tim Johnson, owner of the local superfood café. “Vitality Bowls is the perfect option for a quick smoothie or healthy lunch break, and with the weather heating up, it will be a short and sweet walk from the MIT campus. I’m looking forward to being part of fueling the brains of MIT students and providing them with nutritious and delicious healthy menu options.”
Vitality Bowls offers a variety of delectable options, such as their signature Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries, banana, organic granola and honey); Dragon Smoothie (with pitaya, strawberries, raspberries, mango, mango juice), the Vitality Wrap (with hummus, avocado, super greens, grains, roasted potato, radish, pickled red onion, lemon tahini vinaigrette, garlic aioli and superseed crunch in a tomato basil tortilla); and the Chimichurri Steak and Roasted Potato Bowl, (with grass-fed steak, super greens, grains, roasted tomato, radish and chimichurri).
As a co-owner of several local F45 Training studios, Wendy Alexonis-Gose noticed that, although some members worked hard at the studio, they couldn’t seem to reach their weight goals.
“We see our members that are struggling achieving their goals because they’re always in a hurry, grabbing quick food,” Alexonis-Gose said.
“The No. 1 challenge that our members were having was finding some quick, healthy food. It was easy to find places that had acai bowls and smoothies but not the savory food, the salads and the wraps.”
That’s when she and business partner Leah Ward noticed a market that wasn’t being tapped.
Enter Vitality Bowls, a fast-food restaurant where guests can get good food fast. You might even call it superfood. It’s scheduled to open in mid-May.
The menu starts with breakfast, where a guest may order a bowl of steel cut oats that come with organic acai, almond milk and cinnamon. That’s the base. Top it with bananas, almonds and organic goji berries. For a bit of sweetening, there’s honey. There’s also the morning glory wrap, made with a tomato-basil tortilla and filled with scrambled eggs, avocado, super greens, roasted potatoes, pickled red onions, feta cheese, basil pesto and super seed crunch.
For something more substantial, look for a selection of wraps which might contain grass fed steak, super greens, grains, roasted tomato, chimichurri, garlic aioli and sunflower seeds.
Of course, there are acai bowls and smoothies, too, all made with nutrient-dense ingredients; and salads that are far more than some pre-packaged greens piled on a plate.
There is even dessert in the form of a fruit bowl, but not just any fruit. In this bowl there’s organic acai, coconut milk, bananas, strawberries and dark chocolate. There are toppings, too.
Alexonis-Gose said neither the chicken nor the beef is ever frozen; they are always fresh. The vegetables and fruit, which they will receive daily, are also fresh. The only items that will be frozen are “some of the fruit that goes in the smoothies,” she added.
In addition, the kitchen is designed to avoid cross-contact and food allergens. The menu is diverse so just about anyone can eat there and come out of the doors satisfied.
“Having the salads and the wraps and the grain bowls, you can please anybody,” Alexonis-Gose said.
This will be a casual space, where guests order at the counter.
The employee culture is important to Alexonis-Gose. She strives to cultivate a supportive, peaceful place.
“If somebody can’t be happy when they go to work, then something’s wrong,” she said. “You’re there more than most places, so we really are focused on building a good team and culture.”
Hiring, both full- and part-time will take place during the first two weeks of April.
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