Kenny and I keep getting closer and closer to being exclusively herbivorous thanks to the documentary category on Netflix.
We are getting in deep with our own juicing, we commit primarily to salads and veggies for lunches and dinners, and I don’t even want to tell you about the new water filter we’re proud owners of (a tad extreme IMO, but Kenny loves it…we could pour the Ohio River in and be able to drink it! he’ll exclaim to anyone listening…). But I really get it. I am at the point in my life where I don’t just want to feel “skinny”, I want my body to feel good. Eating good, nutritious, natural food is key.
And then right when I was feeling all these spirits, I interviewed Megan Tysoe, owner and chef of Rooted Juicery + Kitchen for a City Beat Feature. This was a particularly great one because not only was I bought in as a food writer, but also as an on-the-cusp of plant-based eating lifestyler. To listen to her go on and on about all that goes into her 100% organic menu, I had to check myself at times to get things down because I was finding myself entranced as if I was a disciple catatonically listening to the words I needed to follow. You can find the article here.
I did walk out of there with a few things to try. I had the refreshing Clean green juice (kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, lemon), the Hazelnut and Brussel Sprout salad (shaved brussel sprouts, kale, hazelnuts, grapefruit segments, mint citrus dressing), and the Almond Thai Wrap (almond ginger pate, mango, avocado, carrots, basil, mint, cilantro, cabbage, romaine, pea shoots, thai sauce, wrapped in a raw collard green).
Each meal was satisfying and crunchy; I felt fulfilled and enjoyed the variety of flavors and textures. The almond ginger pate in the wrap was key, plus the thai dipping sauce. The salad was a really satisfying one, particularly with the hazelnut crunch, and also because I’ve been on a pretty mean brussel sprout kick.
There were also two great sweets to try. The Coconut Bliss bites were amazing (coconut, maple syrup, cashews, vanilla, almond, chocolate sauce), as was the Chocolate Mousse (cacao, maple syrup, avocado, coconut oil, cashews). When you read a dessert label that says gluten-free, dairy-free, 100% organic living food, you think what are the chances this is good? But each treat was as sweetly satisfying as any expert sweet tooth would hope.
So I am clearly a fan of what Rooted has going on, and I hope you either are, or will be, too.