Eating healthy can be a challenge, but when a truck playing catchy tunes pulls up with fresh fruit smoothies, neon-pink snapdragon smoothies, acai and pitaya bowls, and fruit-heaped parfaits, it's easy to make the right choice. The mixologists aboard the Rockberry Acai Bowls & Smoothies truck ?known for their creative foods, designs, and street appeal? whip up smoothies with a top-secret "shaka" recipe when they're not packing berry bowls with energy-revving fruits. They also serve up a few extras, like chicken salad sliders served on Hawaiian sweet rolls. Goods are gluten free, and they happen to be as pretty and delicious as they are good for the body. As if this combo of positivity wasn't enough, Rockberry is also socially conscious, dedicated to employing community members and partnering with local charities. A dish from the truck, therefore, is good for the heart in more ways than one?plus it's easy on the eyes and tongue.
There's one thing you won't find at any of the more than 100 Juice it Up! locations peppering California: a flame. For more than 20 years this health-drink haven has been blending specialty raw juices that make use of fruits, veggies, nonfat yogurts, and even sherbet. And for those who are looking to fill up even further, Juice it Up! also serves body-friendly snacks such as bowls of organic acai topped with granola, bananas, strawberries, and honey.
Though Jasmine Micaela Sharp and Aimee Goeppner managed to cross paths in the same Pilates class one day, the journeys that led each one to that class were much different. Aimee became serious about taking care of herself after having six children, knowing she needed to boost her energy and equip her body to deal with a lot of activity. Jasmine, meanwhile, had been battling obesity since she was a child, turning to sports as an adolescent and later to Pilates and yoga to help slim her silhouette. Their success with Pilates led them to co-found formu+La Pilates + Juice, where they even use Pilates machines of Jasmine's own design. Today, those who come to their studio find a class selection that includes everything from traditional Pilates and gentle flow sessions to beachfront yoga and SVELTE courses focused on lengthening the body.
Of course, Pilates is only half of what they do at formu+La. Jasmine grew up in central California where she had easy access to fresh fruits, honey, mint, and veggies, and Aimee is so infectious with her love of nutrition that she even has a 1-year-old who adores beet juice. After a class, students can head to an onsite juice bar that serves cold-pressed juices, nut milks, and tonics made strictly from organic local produce and herbs, including plant-based nutritional products from VEGA. The beverages are designed to replace the water, electrolytes, and pocket-stashed snacks lost during exercise, fulfilling the second part of Aimee and Jasmine's motto—Feel Your Body, Fuel Your Body.
Cafe Vida's three eateries are spread across greater Los Angeles, but their recipes gracefully straddle the California-Mexico border. Here, healthy Californian cuisine meets Mexican tradition, producing an eclectic, avocado-studded array of breakfasts and dinners. Some dishes stray further from tradition (for example, the avocado sandwich), but they're offset by classics such as grilled chicken burritos and huevos rancheros. Come in the morning and pair the latter with a cup of organic coffee fresh from Yosemite's famed java springs.
American fare with a touch of southern flair is the specialty at Rusty Pot Cafe. And the portions are just as hearty as the flavors?the aptly named Overload breakfast sandwich arrives heaped with bacon, eggs, cheese, and veggies, while chicken and waffles and juicy burgers are transported to plates via miniature forklift. Guests indulge their comfort-food cravings in the cafe's casual dining room, or out on the sun-drenched patio.
With a name that's a riff on the French phrase for golden bread, Pandor Bakery and Cafe specializes in regional French pastries OC Weekly once said inspire "where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies". Pandor is far from just a pastry shop, though, as it boasts an extensive menu that includes everything from breakfast plates to paninis. By morning, guests can be found digging into Nutella french toast or croque madames?and head in early for its Dornut pastry, which OC Weekly calls "obscenely good." At lunch, the kitchen sizzles with the sound of pressed sandwiches layered with pesto chicken or grilled zucchini. Though Pandor's flagship location can be found in the south of France, the California locations incorporate local goods such as coffee from Costa Mesa's Portola Coffee Lab and forks grown within Orange County.