Eat (veg), drink (green juices), and rejoice at these Tahoe restaurants
Active and health conscious people tend to gravitate towards Lake Tahoe to soak up its fresh air, acres of pine trees and recreate themselves in and around its large blue pond, so it makes sense that visitors and locals alike want some healthy, organic meals keep the energy levels and stamina you need to get through whatever life throws at you.
Fortunately, it doesn’t matter if you’re gluten intolerant, your system can’t handle meat products, or you’ve simply chosen a plant-based lifestyle to feel your best, there are some great vegetarian and vegan options around. of Lake Tahoe. Here are some restaurants specializing in healthy vegetarian food and drink that get you enough food to get you through the day:
Sprouts Natural Foods Café, South Lake Tahoe
Right next to the Tahoe Bike Company and a few blocks from Lakeview Beach, the Sprouts Café in South Lake Tahoe serves clean, healthy dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients. With a name like Sprouts (not to be confused with the supermarket), you can bet on a large menu with lots of plant-based items, including tempeh burgers, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and cereal bowls. /rice.
On a busy Sunday afternoon, the line of people further certifies that this is the place to go for vegan and vegetarian fare in South Lake. Sprouts Café owner Tyler Cannon says Cadillac Rice Bowl is his signature dish because people love the abundance of brown rice, vegetables, cheese, and three kinds of beans. I go for the Mexican volcano, which consists of a bunch of naturally grown food presented in a cone-shaped sculpture. This vegetarian dish was bursting with tomatoes, onions, scallions, beans, carrots, cabbage, cabbage and greens that all taste like they were recently picked from a secret garden behind the restaurant. And then the whole thing was topped with salsa, guacamole, rice lightly drizzled with a creamy honey mustard sauce with a few tortilla chips tucked underneath. I forgot that it did not contain meat and that I felt pleasantly full and that there was enough left for dinner.
The Bee Sting smoothie with apple juice, strawberries, bananas, vitamin B complex and bee pollen is also amazing, and it’s perfect to enjoy before, after or during a bike ride on the way 3 mile pavement that runs alongside the cafe and the lake.
Simple happiness, South Lake Tahoe
Open since 2012, Simple Bliss in the Swiss Chalet Village in South Lake Tahoe bills itself as the first and only fully vegan cafe by the lake. Everything on their menu, including the Maca Latte Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast Tray, are all 100% organic, soy and gluten free so people who have issues with these types of food allergies have more ease of finding a safe, delicious and healthy dish. .
Simple Bliss’ coffee drinks, chai lattes and maca lattes are made with homemade coconut or cashew milk, available in at least 30 different choices, and there’s a separate smoothie menu as well. My favorite coffee drink is Mayan Mocha, a homemade concoction made from cashew milk, chocolate and espresso with a little coconut oil and cayenne powder mixed together. Cashew milk makes the drink creamy and nutritious, perfect for sipping on a chilly summer morning or for an afternoon pick-me-up between runs.
Sandi, the owner of Organic Vegan Cafe Simple Bliss, made these special vegan portions and dishes when she found herself struggling with serious health issues and was able to reverse her conditions by changing her diet. She shares her recipes (like how to make your own cashew milk) on the Simple Bliss website and the My Witchy Kitchen YouTube channel. Simple Bliss also offers a variety of enchanting low-glycemic desserts and pastries, like Raw Fruit and Peach Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, and Almond Butter Chocolates.
Stoney Ridge Unusual Kitchen, City of Tahoe
At the corner of Highway 89 and Granlibakken Road on Tahoe’s Northwest Rim, New Moon Natural Foods and Stony Ridge Uncommon Kitchen are a popular place for health-conscious residents of Truckee and the North Rim to find food. organic, unique and natural foods such as medium-sized Chilean green grapes, Oaxacan cheese and everything in between. New Moon also maintains the Uncommon Kitchen, which has a deli counter that serves a diverse range of eclectic dishes like sushi, falafel, fish tacos, and Leaf Eater sandwiches.
However, if you happen to stop by when the deli is closed, don’t worry, there are still plenty of vegan and gluten-free salads, noodles, desserts and more in the deli crate next to the counter. Consider having a cup of Bonzai beets, a 5 “C” salad, flavorful Marsala potatoes, or a Thai peanut noodle salad for a quick and healthy meal. And don’t forget to try the Vegan Tiramisu to top your lunch; it is composed of a variety of nuts, raw cocoa, agave, coconut milk, coconut oil, dates, coffee, vanilla, soy, a little salt and foam from Ireland in this velvety, crunchy and rich combination.
Thania juice bar, Sloping village
In the middle of the Christmas Tree Village at Incline Village between Crosby’s and Koi Sushi, Thania’s Juice Bar is the perfect place to grab liquid plant-based foods for those on the go. Open since summer 2019, Thania specializes in energizing / immune organic juices, wellness shots, maca / chocolate protein shakes and smoothie bowls in pina colada and acai versions.
Detox juice is made for me… made from carrots, beets, apple and celery to brighten your skin, cleanse your liver and give you a little more pep in your walk, it’s great to grab when I’m in a hurry. Thania also recently expanded her menu to include quinoa salads, avocado toast, veggie sandwiches, cactus salads, and organic vegan wraps. If you come here with carnivorous friends, they are welcome to add grated beef, ham, turkey, or wild smoked salmon to any dish for an additional charge.
Tahoe Central Market, Kings Beach
Amid the hustle and bustle of Kings Beach Main Street, Tahoe Central Market is a quaint, family-owned grocery store with a Farmer’s Market atmosphere. It is also conveniently located across from the Kings Beach State Park recreation area. As well as providing visitors and residents of North Lake Tahoe with fresh, seasonal and locally produced vegetables, fruits, dairy and craft beer, they keep a nice deli and juice bar to grab something from. quick to take to the beach or to enjoy at the counter overlooking the lake.
Tahoe Central Market serves salads, sandwiches and even breakfast sandwiches made to order with your choice of meats, cheese and veg on bread (sourced from the Truckee Sourdough Company with gluten free options available. ) as well as your choice of 11 different vegetables and avocados and hummus add-ons available at no additional cost.
The juice and smoothie bar’s sharing space with the deli keeps healthy tonics for those on a liquid diet, and you can add aloe juice, flax seeds, green powder, yeast or other nutritional boosters to your healthy cocktail (or spill a quick shot of wheatgrass for $ 3-4).
Alicia happily made The Dankness for me, a smoothie filled with kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, pear, ginger and lemon juice. It tasted like a sweet and savory meal in itself. It was a nice touch that was served in a Greenware mug with a paper straw.
Eat healthy and support local businesses
Not only will eating well make your body healthy, but you will feel great supporting local small businesses that have undoubtedly been affected by the pandemic. So eat, drink and be merry… without having to deal with a bad hangover or food coma.
Editor’s Note: This story appears in the Summer 2021 edition of Tahoe Magazine.