The Vegetable Bar – It’s Time to Start Eating Healthy

Most nutrition professionals believe our food choices affect our health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is, arguably, the most important part of a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote good health. The challenge is, and always has been, eating healthy. Let’s face it there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to food that is good for you. You can attempt to eat healthy at home, but if you have a busy schedule, that is next to impossible. And the proliferation of fast food chains makes choosing to eat well even more difficult. It is for these reasons that Mike and Cody also owners of Eucalyptus Café, decided to open a second restaurant, The Vegetable Bar, that makes eating healthy convenient and affordable. As a long-time healthcare professional, Mike understands that the link between good nutrition and healthy weight, with the benefit of reduced chronic disease risk is too important to ignore.
Located in the old Villa Nova site across the river from Parque de la Madre, The Vegetable Bar boasts an incredible view of the river from a shaded outdoor patio and is arguably now Cuenca’s best outdoor dining venue. They have three menus to choose from, one for salads, one for soups and Paninis and another for their fresh vegetable and fruit juices – in short, a veritable smorgasbord of delicious healthy food.
There are eight salads to choose from and they come in two sizes, 7 and 12 oz. During my first visit, I tried the “Popeye” which has a spinach base and is topped with cherry tomatoes, grilled onions and mozzarella cheese. While you can choose your own dressing, it is best served with their “slow as molasses vinaigrette”. With my salad I had a “Cool Cucumber” juice which was absolutely refreshing and, I was told, loaded with antioxidants. It is a mixture of cucumber, pineapple, lemon juice, mint and honey. The best part of my meal was the price which was far less than one would spend at a fast-food joint with infinitely more benefits to your health.
The food was so outstanding I decided to eat at The Vegetable Bar two days in a row. My second visit started with a juice called “Beet Me Up” which contained beets, carrots, apple, lime and ginger. Beets are considered a “Superfood” and have been shown to lower blood pressure, increase stamina and fight inflammation. I was more interested in the taste which was fantastic with the health benefits being “icing on the cake.” For lunch I had the “Green with Envy” soup, made with split peas, kale, white onions, garlic and carrots. I was particularly hungry so I ordered “The Caprese” Panini, white bread with tomato, mozzarella, basil and pesto. In my opinion, it paired perfectly with the soup. Because the portions are so generous, the challenge of this day was eating all the food I had ordered.
One of the predominant reasons people move to Cuenca is to get healthier. Because The Vegetable Bar uses as much organic produce and fruits as possible and everything is prepared fresh, there is no excuse for not eating healthy while you are out and about. And, if you are on a budget like I am, the prices are so reasonable that you could almost eat there every day. If you are ready to start feeling better, it’s time to start eating healthy and the place to do it is The Vegetable Bar.

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