When I hear that someone is vegan, I’m always a little baffled and somewhat confused. I mean I know it’s becoming more and more common and I get why someone would want to be a vegan, especially after watching terrifying movies like Food Inc., but I just can’t wrap my head around the thought of actually being one. Sure — it’s healthy, and its better for the environment, your body, and cute animals — but how can one restrict themselves from awesome things like pizza and ice cream and bread and essentially all forms of dessert? I’ve eaten a vegan scone before, and although it tasted effing delicious, I’m not about to swear off every scone I walk by just because there’s only 1 vegan scone in every 500,000,000 in the city of Boston. Yeah, not happening.
That’s why I have extreme respect and am in awe of places like Life Alive in Central Square. The self-proclaimed “Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe” is not just an eatery; it’s pretty much a way of life. The cafe’s mission is to serve fantastic flavors and organic goodness meant to re-energize and reconnect you to the world all through the convenience of fast food. I have to admit, the vibes a little crunchy but these guys have a vision and impeccable follow through when it comes to creating crave-worthy dishes with almost zero use of aninmal products.
The food they serve is not only satisfying but good for your soul. And we’re talking ridiculously good for your soul. Like The Rebel (above), a protein rich salad with quinoa and short grain brown rice, topped with Braggs Liquid Aminos, high lignan flax oil, carrots, beets, leafy greens, broccoli and hijiki. The best part is by far their signature dressing, a homemade, low fat Sesame Ginger and Ginger Nama Shoyu sauce.
I also love The Romantic, a wrap made with Hass avocado and cheddar cheese, brocolli, garlic, nutritional yeast and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (yay more protein!) all “embraced” in a soft whole wheat tortilla. One of the few things on the menu with dairy in it, it can also be ordered with faux-queso but clearly I’m not really into that. One can only be SO healthy.
The staff is friendly, the service is quick, the atmosphere cozy, and the food is fresh and surprisingly filling; so if you’ve been looking to achieve a healthier diet and could us a little help along the way, allow Life Alive to amaze and inspire.
765 Massachusetts Ave.