You can always hear the passion in my voice when I talk about being born and raised in New England. On any Summer day I can spend my Saturday at the White Mountains in New Hampshire hiking, return home, and head to the beaches of Cape Cod on my Sunday. We are truly spoiled.
Anyone traveling with allergies knows how tough it is to grab a quick bite to eat. With main allergens such as gluten, corn, soy, dairy, and eggs so wide spread and in so many dishes – most people look at you like bubble boy when you try to order a meal.
Along with allergies, the fight of inflammation and it’s causes are now more known than ever. People are health conscious or following strict diets (Paleo, Whole 30) and are educated about their decisions when choosing meals.
As we are always traveling over New England – we are complete regulars to the organic cafe scene. Offering delicious healthy food, always friendly to Celiac disease and other allergies, there are a number of cafes that you MUST try whether you’re a native “New Englandah”or just here for a visit.
For your cooking pleasure and all you DYI’ers – we also linked the top products/ingredients to use to make at home.
Laney & Lu Cafe
Laney & Lu is a cute little (limited seating so prepare to take out if it’s busy) cafe in Exeter, NH. Upon walking in – you feel immediately welcomed. A beautifully designed interior is warm and inviting as you look through the menu. The team, full of smiles with somewhat edgy style, is more than comfortable answering any questions about allergies.
What to try?
Matcha Latte: Matcha green tea, maca, non-sweetened almond milk, lavender-infused VT maple syrup, hot or iced
Chocolate Smoothie: Cacao, avocado, dates, cinnamon, almond milk cubes, non-sweetened almond milk, cayenne
Kiwi Pitaya: Pitaya, banana, non-sweetened almond milk blended, over GF/vegan granola, topped with kiwi, blueberries, non-sweetened coconut flake, local bee pollen
Located in beautiful downtown Beverly, MA holds a gem called Organic Garden. We originally came across it when down in Salem, MA for Halloween festivities and found ourselves starving. Not only was this place a home run – but also have a pretty sweet Groupon deal. Plenty of seating for a full sit down meal or pick up and go.
What to try?
Almond Chevre: the almond chevre is some of the tastiest vegan cheese I have ever had. Free of all soy as well! Matched with Organic Garden’s flaxseed crackers and you have a perfect pair.
Tiramisu: Organic Garden has a HUGE selection of allergy friendly desserts. The Tiramisu is the most chocolaty, delicious dessert item that I’ve had since starting this venture of holistic healing. Try it – thank me later.
Where do I start? Revitalive has my heart. Located in Newburyport, MA (and with a second location opening in Andover, MA), Revitalive is the coconut cream of the crop. The family and I are likely nearing our thousandth visit (seriously – not kidding. Dinner – don’t want to cook? Revitalive. Sunday morning breakfast as we catch the farmers market right outside? Revitalive. Date night? Revitalive). Every time just gets tastier. Revitalive has a dedicated facility in Methuen, MA that has the highest quality standards of anywhere around. They deliver desserts and juices to the cafe while making smoothies and hot bowls right in house. Revitalive has made us special “cheesecakes” (pumpkin and chocolate mint) for the holiday’s – we will likely ask them to make our wedding cake. Best food from the best people. This is our favorite stop on the list.
What to try?
Maca Mocha smoothie: The perfect blend of Maca superfood , cacao, coconut, banana, and more chocolaty goodness. Try it. Just try it. I can’t explain how good it is or fresh it feels.
Infamous date brownies: This one will also blow your mind. Brownies made almost exclusively from dates and cacao…that taste like a regular brownie. The folks at Revitalive will always ask if you want it topped with nuts or not. It’s spectacular.
Falafel bowl: 100% raw. 100% delicious. The falafel bowl hits the spot for a snack, lunch, or dinner. Topped with a lemon hummus sauce made in house sauce – it pulls the flavors together to perfection.
The Local Grocer
This was a GREAT find. Likely our second favorite on the list. While spending the Summer up in North Conway, again, found ourselves very hungry but not wanting to buy snacks from a grocery store – a quick Google search revealed The Local Grocer. Too good to be true was the first reaction from looking at the menu – and it’s had a place in my heart ever since. Whether you’re skiing Cranmore or visiting the area, stop by. They also have a HUGE grocery story with all organic and local products available and a Yoga studio.
What to try?
Soup of the day: last time we went I got a beef stew with zucchini noodles. All grassfed and local. Savory, hearty, and filling.
Magical Mint Smoothie: Date Rolls, Banana, Peppermint, Cacao Nibs, Almond Milk, Spinach – um, yum.
Just about any dessert: The Local Grocer has forever changing desserts in the menu. From chocolate avocado pudding to lime “cheesecake” – they simply know what they are doing. And do it right.
Burlington, VT. One of the best cities New England has to offer. There is something special about Vermont. The small city overlooking Lake Champlain, only about 30 minutes from Canada is a magical place in all seasons. Church St. is a blast – totally worth a long weekend. Again, while roaming the small city we found ourselves craving a smoothie. Just as we were searching on where to find one we walk by the Juicebox. I’m glad we did. Friendly young owners who are super conscious of allergies will welcome you with open arms into their small cafe to eat.
What to try?
Turmeric Elixir – A Powerful cocktail of Anti-inflammatory and pain killing micronutrients served with Cucumber – need I say more?
Anti Oxi-Dance – Banana, Raspberries, Blueberries, Spinach, Raw Honey, Coconut Water
Raw Vegan Cheesecake – This tasty vegan friendly treat is so good – for the body and the taste buds!
We didn’t forget the DIY’ers
For those of you who like to make these types of food/smoothies at home – we did not forget about you. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in all your greens, fulfill a craving, or start your anti-inflammation journey.
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