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Eating to Live on the Outside: Arnold's Way

Okay, coming off the heels of Eating to Live on the Outside’s first birthday bash–I’m still enduring a phytonutrient hangover—let’s head over to Arnold’s Way for this week’s installment. I’m excited! Arnold’s Way heralds itself as a Vegetarian Organic Raw Café—come on—with that handle, it’s got to be good. Right?

Yeah, it’s pretty nice. Arnold’s Way gives you a lot of options; soups, salads, desserts, wraps, entrees, and fresh vegetable juices. I spent a few minutes scanning over the menu and there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from. So, here are the dishes that really caught my eye and any alternations, omissions, or concessions I might have to make. Onward!

The soups have definitely got it going on. No surprise here, but the Rich Greens made my motor run. Why? AVOCADO! It’s been a while since I mentioned it, but, I’m still an avocado-fiend—I eat some avocado everyday. In addition to the avocado this soup also comes with zucchini, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, and lettuce—all sound good to me. I’m also digging the Borscht; prepared with almonds, sunflower seeds, beets, celery, and wheat grass. Beets! Dr. Fuhrman thinks beets are an excellent food, check out this post to see why: Beets and Toilet Humor. The only concession I see with these soups is the olive oil—I can live with it.

Now, the salads—thumbs up here too. I really like The Honeymoon Is Over—no, not because it reminds me of my love life—because it comes with carrots, red pepper, broccoli, and tomato. I love tomatoes and lately I have been warming to the taste of raw peppers. The Contrarian Contrast also looks cool. It comes with pumpkin seed, red peppers, apple, beet, and zucchini. Again with the beets! I like the apple being in there, kind of seems out of place. I wonder how it tastes. Probably the coolest thing about Arnold’s Way’s salad menu is it says this right at the top, “Our Salads are so fresh and finely mixed that they require no dressing at all.” Somewhere out there, Dr. Fuhrman is weeping with joy. This post should help explain why: Don’t sabotage your weight-loss goal with oily dressings and sauces.

The dessert menu intrigues me. Take the Apple Sauce for example—very Fuhrman-friendly—it’s made with organic apples, raisons, lemon juice, and a hint of cinnamon. I defy you to find something wrong with that! Now, despite my Eat to Live ways, I’m an admitted chocolate freak. From time to time I must indulge. Well, here’s a way for me to do it without feeling terrible afterwards. Introducing the Chocolate (like) Pudding; made with ripe bananas, dates, and carob. Okay, I’ve experimented with carob myself, and I bet this tastes pretty darn close to chocolate. It’s certainly worth a try. Have you ever played around with carob before?

The wraps, this is tough. They all look so good. Oh, what the heck—I’d order all three! Not all at once mind you. First up is the Original; prepared with avocado, carrot, celery, tomato, zucchini, and green olives. Next, the Mediterranean; made with mushroom, zucchini, red pepper, onion, and green olives. Lastly, the Spring Green; includes broccoli, tomato, carrot, celery, zucchini, red pepper, green olives. Wow! That’s a load of phyonutrients. The cool thing about these wraps is Arnold’s Way uses Nori seaweed as a wrap instead of a tortilla, and, “No dressing other than the juices of the freshly cut vegetables.” Hey, if you cut out those salty green olives, you’ve got a pretty nice sandwich in front of you—don’t you think?

And if all this food wasn’t good enough, Arnold’s Way hits you with their entrees—lots of great stuff here too. This one really sucked me in, The Raw Veggie Burger Platter. Here’s how the menu describes it, “ Almonds, Carrots, Zucchini, Celery, Mushrooms, & Green Olives combine to form the closest thing to a burger that is actually good for you. Served with Broccoli, Red Pepper, and Mushroom on a bed of Mixed Greens.” I love that line, “That is actually good for you.” I think many of you would agree. It also comes with a red sauce, I’d probably ask the wait staff what’s in it, but, I hardly think its going to be bad give this place’s resume so far.

Okay, the juices. Generally I’m not a huge juice-drinker. I like the mouth-feel of food, especially veggies. After all, a vegetable-based diet means your jaw gets quite the workout. But if I had to pick a juice, I’d probably go with a Blueberry Smoothie. Why? Well, according to Dr. Fuhrman blueberries are heavy-hitters in the world of nutrition—the Alex Rodriguez of nutrient density if you will. Peep this post to see why: Blueberries, They Rock!

So there you have it. DiseaseProof’s first Eating to Live on the Outside since last week’s anniversary—and—I think we struck gold this week. I’ll have to go back and confer with the judges, but, I think Arnold’s Way might be the best restaurant I’ve examined thus far. If not, it’s certainly up there. Now it’s your turn, check out Arnold’s Way’s menu and let me what you’d order. Make a comment or send me an email at diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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