Eating food that promotes good health is undeniably a good idea. That‘s even more true during a pandemic, making it a good time to try VitaBowl‘s healthful, plant-based meal delivery created by a very kickass chef: Dominique Crenn.
The first woman in American to earn three Michelin stars, Crenn is on a mission to heal bodies one bowl at a time. The Frenchwoman behind San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn, she also recently won a James Beard Foundation Award (for Best Chef: West), was the very first female executive chef in Indonesia, and was the focus of a particularly memorable episode of “Chef’s Table.”
Crenn firmly believes that food is medicine. She helped create VitaBowl with the assistance of a world-renowned plant-based nutritionist. Loaded with nourishment and fresh flavors, each meal addresses a specific purpose, whether that be enhancing mood, assisting gut health, or helping digestion.
VitaBowls are freshly made and designed to be nutrient-dense and easily absorbed. There’s a major focus on superfoods, some of which are not very well-known outside Asia. Many of the bowl’s ingredients, including lentils, tofu, and chickpeas, are sprouted for additional nutrition.
These atypical plant-based dishes are influenced by some of Crenn’s favorite cultures, such as those of the Mediterranean, Asia, and Latin America. I tried five and enjoyed them all, with the Rejuvenate being my favorite. Designed to be a mood booster, it’s a vegan variation on classic Mediterranean flavors. An incredible plant-based tzatziki joins falafels made of sprouted lentils and flaxseed, along with kalamata olives, sweet potato, and arugula on a base of quinoa tabbouleh, with a kombucha vinaigrette.
I also loved the Indian-inspired Nourish VitaBowl, featuring coconut curry sauce, sprouted chickpeas, heirloom carrots, pickled beets, and pistachios on a bed of antioxidant-rich Forbidden black rice.
Also available and rave-worthy: the mood-boosting Elevate Bowl (avocado crema, broccolini, shaved brussels sprouts, California almonds, steamed kale, golden raisins, RightRice and heirloom red quinoa with kombucha vinaigrette), the Korean-inspired Vitalize (with wakame (seaweed), sprouted tofu, oyster mushrooms, kimchi, and sesame seeds with creamy Dallae tofu sauce over a bed of sweet potato glass noodles), and the Latin-inspired Balance bowl, featuring carnitas-like jackfruit, black beans, cabbage, chopped garlic, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and chipotle cashew crema.
Created locally, VitaBowl’s can be ordered here. Each restaurant-quality bowl of high-quality functional food is $12.99.