This post is for my green-juice-loving, vegan-leaning, salad-eating readers. There’s a new trendy, tasty juice/salad/smoothie/superfood spot in town. And it’s good. Real good.
SimplyWell is a locally-owned wellness shop downtown on Princess street near Ontario (right beside Peter’s Place). It’s beautifully decorated, the food is thoughtfully prepared and for the hardcore health crowd – they have a number of immunity-boosting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-filled vegan ingredients that they incorporate in all elements of their menu.
For those who associate vegan or vegetarian food with a lack of flavour or tastiness – that doesn’t apply here.
The staff are very passionate about what they do. If you have any questions, they can answer them thoroughly with their knowledge of health and wellness.
fyi: I’ve been to SimplyWell three times in one week. Easy to say I’ve been enjoying the addition to Princess street.
salads: I’ve had their spicy mexican salad twice and the key is the house-made cilantro dressing. Honestly, I don’t often eat salad for lunch because I get hungry again in no time. However, this salad with chickpeas or black beans (they offer both) is filling and delicious. The dressing has a little spice kick to it which I enjoy.
noodles: I’ve been eyeing the vegan pad thai and have yet to try it – I’ve heard amazing things! It’s on my list of things to try next.
snacks: They also offer healthy snacks like their “power balls” which are little date balls coated in coconut flakes. Tasty!
treats: They carry Toronto-based organic, vegan chocolate ChocoSol Traders. This brand of chocolate has been impossible to find in Kingston up until now. It’s a vegan favourite.
smoothie: On my first visit I tried a pineapple blueberry smoothie (featured flavour) with vanilla protein and a vitamin c booster. They are so thoughtful about their ingredients that they freeze the pulp from their juices and use it in their smoothies. How’s that for ingredient efficiency? *Note that the smoothies aren’t very thick as they aren’t yogurt-based
black water: I brought home the coconut charcoal black water named the “Night cap.” Yes, Pitch black liquid in a bottle is a bit intimidating but it encourages the elimination of toxins in the digestive system. I drank it at night before bed and it left my teeth and mouth completely black (which they warned me it would) but it actually whitened my teeth after I brushed them!
verde: Kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, lemon & pineapple. This juice is sweet and delicious! It’s also good for cholesterol, hair and skin as well as hydrating.
mushroom coffee: Chaga! If you’re unfamiliar with Chaga it’s a mushroom that has a number of benefits including positive effects on the immune system, it’s an anti-inflammatory and it’s filled with antioxidants. They mix it into a delicious coffee which helps when you’ve hit that 3 0’clock wall at the office.
$$$: I think it depends on how much you value things like pretty (reusable) glass bottles and organic veggies on whether or not you feel it’s expensive. Their juices are typically $9/bottle which can seem a bit pricey to some but their salads are $12 which I feel is pretty typical. It’s easy to spend over budget here because everything is so appealing.
I haven’t tried everything at SimplyWell so if you have any recommendations of your own please feel free to leave them in the comment section!