The flute on the counter at Sprout Vegan Eatery and Juice Bar is full of an elixir so green it almost looks unnatural. However, the juice owes its color to a very natural source—a healthy dose of dragon kale that has been liquefied with apples and dandelion. This is just one of Sprout's freshly pressed juices that are made in small batches from fresh, organic produce and that can wash down an array of GMO- and preservative free sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Customers can also order the popular Irish Moss protein drink, which aims to add minerals to depleted diets with ingredients such as sea moss, chia seeds, and almonds, all packed with the magnesium, iron, and copper needed to finally get the attention of your metal detector.
Amid the Nutrition Station club's cheerful yellow and orange walls, coaches guide clients to slimmer versions of themselves through a wide range of nutritional and fitness programs. The center hosts group fitness classes, including boot camp and Zumba, along with weight-loss challenges, in which participants are encouraged to shed pounds through exercise and nutrition, verses removing their heaviest toe. During one-on-one nutrition sessions, cushy sofas couch nutrition counselors and clients as they discuss healthy meal plans to fit their lifestyles and weight-loss goals. The Nutrition Station's shelves are lined in Herbalife nutritional supplements, and 94 specialty smoothies sprawl across their chalkboard.
At Newark Natural Foods, visitors peruse 6,000 square feet of natural and organic grocery items, including fresh produce and free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, eggs, and dairy. The store's staff is committed to helping guests develop healthy lifestyles, trained to help shoppers select items that cater to dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian lifestyles. Newark Natural Foods also operates as a co-op, allowing health-conscious members to give back to the community.
Neither Henry nor Carol Huffman, the founders of Cheese Chalet, had any idea that their future careers would be in gourmet dairy products when they first married. Henry was teaching Spanish at the University of Delaware when their local cheese shop closed down in 1976. Though the two began joking about opening their own shop, jokes soon turned to discussion, discussion turned to planning, planning turned to knock-knock jokes, and within a few months, the pair officially opened their first shop. Today, with Henry and Carol still at the helm, their staff of seven seasoned employees prepares fresh deli-style takeout meals and catering trays as they maintain the store’s stock of bulk and prepackaged cheeses from around the world.
Beautiful, healthy bouquets of fresh fruit bloom from beneath the green thumbs of FruitFlowers' posy artisans. An extensive, mouthwatering selection includes the Berry Birthday bouquet, which celebrates annual harvests of infant orchards with a sweet amalgam of produce tucked beneath an included "Happy Birthday!" balloon ($50). Trick sweet teeth into nutritious noshes with the Petite Floral Fruit Dipped's lush flora, interspersed with chocolate-dipped strawberries and nestled inside a scarlet pail ($45). Thinking of You bunches corral succulent strawberries and yellow faux flowers inside a beaming mug ($39) to send friends or former dental hygienists well wishes.
At Northbrook MarketPlace, guests can enter a restored 1850s fieldstone barn with bright-red wood siding and picturesque white wooden frames to browse the market and grab dishes made from fresh, sustainable ingredients. Chefs fire up tender brisket in the smokehouse, make sandwiches to order, and pluck signature apple-cider donuts from trees. Diners can also nosh on daily hot-meal specials, including chicken pot pies and fish 'n' chips, then slide forks into the flaky crust of the daily pie while sitting inside the marketplace, outside in the courtyard, or at home. For those who want a more leisurely meal, the Chef's Table, which was named Philadelphia magazine's Best Private Dining Table in 2009, proffers an hours-long culinary experience in which patrons devour local, gourmet fare from a tasting menu designed by head chef Rob Boone. The week's BYOB feasts include the Chef's Table banquet; Family Nights, which feed visiting households and peckish minivans with an Italian buffet; and brunch, which mollifies maws with homemade granola and barbecue sliders.