One of the things I love most about my new neighborhood is that I’m pretty much surrounded by healthy places to eat. One of those places is Juice Press, which I had previously only tried their (yummy) cold-pressed juices. Over the past two days, though, I finally had a couple of their raw food options. And let me just say…oh my raw.
First up was their Raw Falafel.
ingredients: kale, cucumber, tomato, sunflower seeds, almond, buckwheat, filtered water, lime juice, jalepeno, red onion, sea salt, garlic powder, coriander, parsley, cilantro, spices, tahini sauce on the side (filtered water, tahini, lemon juice, coconut sugar, sea salt, spices).
taste: delicious! It definitely had a different texture than baked/fried falafel, but I personally loved it. The flavor was great, and the meal (falafel + salad) was a lot more filling than I anticipated.
The next day for lunch I got the Ravioli, which is actually made from turnip and filled with a basil cashew cheese. Served with sun dried tomatoes over an arugula salad with a scallion vinaigrette.
ingredients: arugula, turnip, sun dried tomato, basil cashew cheese (cashew, sunflower seed, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, spirulina, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper), scallion vinaigrette (lemon juice, olive oil, apple cide vinegar, agave, scallion, black pepper, garlic powder, sea salt), rawmesan (sunflower seed, nutritional yeast, sea salt, black pepper, tumeric).
taste: AWESOME. I wasn’t sold when I first learned that the ravioli “pasta” was actually turnip, but it totally worked. It had a bit more of a crunch than regular pasta, but the flavors and creamy consistency of the basil cashew cheese still made it taste like real ravioli.
Finally, for dessert I got the Sin-O-Bun. OMG.
ingredients: buckwheat, date, golden flax, cinnamon, vanilla, topping (irish moss, coconut, coconut sugar, vanilla.
taste: Let me just say that I’ve tried a lot of “healthy” desserts in my day, and this is by far one of the best I’ve ever had. Not only is it rich and decadent, but it tastes…real. Not like it’s loaded with fake ingredients. It was a really satisfying dessert that didn’t leave me feeling sluggish afterward.
Have you ever eaten raw food? Are you a fan?