La Vie En Raw Cafe
La Vie En Raw Cafe's owners, Sabina Torrieri—dubbed a "health food guru" by Daily Candy—and chef Diana Koen, know that any specialty diet, and healthy eating in general, can be extremely difficult to maintain while eating out. So they created La Vie En Raw Cafe in order to help diners get access to healthy foods that are 90%–100% organic.
The duo actually takes healthy eating a step farther by following the raw-food diet, which relies on uncooked fruits, grains, and vegetables to nourish the body and help aid digestion and weight loss. The majority of the food is never heated above 116 degrees so as not to destroy important enzymes and nutrients.
The plant-based meals are yeast-, dairy-, and gluten-free (excluding sandwiches) and handcrafted using vitamin-rich ingredients, such as kale, quinoa, and cashew cheese. Juices are made fresh from carrots and beets, and desserts with chocolate, coconut, and orange flavors satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings, as highlighted by the Urban Times, which raved about the chocolate-mousse pie.
The "ARTernative vegan café" also attempts to better the community by displaying a colorful collection of locally made artwork. It spreads the word about raw eating through regular cooking classes, sells organic produce, and offers wellness programs that teach healthy lifestyle habits, such as how to floss using celery strands.
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