Time for another episode of Eating to Live on the Outside! This week I'm off to Java Green. Not literally, just via the internet. Okay, Java Green is about fifty-fifty. Some of the stuff is good and some it not so good, but let's take a closer a look.
First up are the organic wraps. Here’s the problem. Many of them are made with faux-meats and cheese on the menu. Fake food doesn't float my boat. So I’d go with these instead. I like the Tofu & Avocado wrap and the Rice Wrap. Combined they're made with spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion, carrot, sesame soy dressing, Chili Java, organic rice, lettuce, and Smooth Java. Clearly, rice isn't exactly nutrient-dense. I can deal with it. But hey, the veggies are cool! Although I'm not sure about the Chili Java and Smooth Java, I'd talk to the wait staff about those first.
I’m skipping the rice rolls and going straight for the salads. Now these I can work with! I’m digging the Very Berry Salad, the Spinach Avocado Salad, the Sesame Soy Salad, Bi-Bim Bob, and the Kale Salad. Lots of good stuff here: mixed greens, berries, strawberries, grapes, fresh mozzarella, almonds, dried cranberries, berry vinaigrette, avocado, baby spinach, red onion, grape tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, Romaine lettuce, cucumber, carrot, pepper, sesame soy dressing, tofu, rice, cabbage, sprouts, kale, zucchini, shiitake mushrooms, and sesame hot pepper sauce. Good stuff! Well, not totally. The mozzarella and rice are getting the axe and then I’d order the dressing on the side. Now it’s all good.
Alright, I’m passing on the soups. We all know that prepared soups are notoriously salty. Moving on, I see a few entrees I like. They’re not perfect and I wouldn’t order any of them over the salads, but maybe you’re feeling dangerous. Here they are. First, the Jobche Noodle; made with yam noodles, cabbage, carrot, onion, mushroom, spinach, and spicy tofu. The noodles worry me. Same goes for the Curry Noodle; includes buckwheat noodles, creamy curry sauce, carrot, potato, broccoli, edamame, and spicy tofu. Hopefully that cream sauce is dairy-free. And lastly, the Raw Garden Sandwich might work for you. They make it with tomato, cucumber, sprouts, radish, pickle, raw bread & garden patty, and a side salad. Actually, this one doesn’t sound too bad. What do you think?
The organic sandwiches might tickle your fancy. Granted, you’ll take a bread-hit, but maybe you think it’s worth it. Bread doesn’t scare me, mainly because I don’t eat it all that often. I’m cool with the Java California, BaToMo, Garden Burger, Vegan Burger, and the Grilled Tofu. They’re made with avocado, spinach, cheddar, Swiss, provolone, avo-spread, basil, tomato, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, pesto, balsamic vinaigrette, veggie patty, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, onion, soy cheese, garden dressing, grilled tofu, and mushrooms. Yup, I’m nixing the soy and regular cheese and keeping those dressing to a minimum.
Almost done, one more area left to explore—the sides. Now, if none of Java Green’s food struck your fancy so far or you just don’t feel like making any exceptions. Order a bunch of sides instead. If it were me, I’d get a plate of edamame beans, steamed vegetables, tofu, and a green salad. Love those soy beans!
Another one bites the dust. I think with a little effort Java Green works! Sure, you have to dodge the fake meats and cheeses and go easy on a few salad dressings, but overall Java Green is cool. But never mind what I say, I’m just a dopey blogger. It’s your turn. Check out Java Greens’ menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, may the force be with you. Peace.