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Eating to Live on the Outside: Om Garden

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:20am

As a Yoga practicing guy who doesn’t eat junk food, I LOVE this week’sEating to Live on the Outsiderestaurant,Om Garden. The place is loaded! Plenty of Fuhrman-friendly fare to go around. If I’m ever in Miami I’m dropping by. Let’s have a look-see.

Okay, I’m pretty sure everything on the menu would work. They’re all veggie-inspired—vegan in fact—the only bad stuff I see is a little salt, olive oil, or agave nectar. Not the end of the world. So, here are my favorite menu picks forOm Garden.

Starting with the raw deli salads, I like the Seven Seas Seaweed Salad; 7 kinds of seaweed, kale, tomatoes, red onions, olive oil, and garlic. It’s probably a tad salty, but I dig seaweed so I could live with it. Besides, I don’t eat seaweed very often. The Cabbage Chi looks good too; cabbage, cucumbers, red peppers, olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. I can deal with the oil, but I’d ditch the salt. I also like the Soothing Cucumber Salad; cucumber, sesame oil, sesame seeds, lemon juice, dill, sea salt, and red onion. Again, the salt gets the axe. Lots of tasty veggies here!

Under vegan deli salads, the Natures Harvest is quite intriguing; wild rice, pine nuts, raisins, papaya, and grapes. Since rice isn’t a nutrient-dense food, it’s a concession, but I’m cool with it. The combination of flavors sounds interesting. Papaya rocks!

Some of the regular salads are great too. Like the Zen House Salad; mixed baby greens, carrot, beet, cucumber, sprouts, avocado, and tomatoes. Hard to argue with all that! The Chakra Salad is neat too. It’s made with beet, tomato, carrot, yellow pepper, broccoli, and red cabbage. Provided you go easy on the dressing, these are really good.

Onto the raw entrees, both the Rainbow Roll and Green Goddess Roll look good. Combined they’re prepared with carrot, beet, cucumber, avocado, baby greens, mango, figs, balsamic syrup, sprouts, spinach, and green onion. Beets cool, greens cool—avocado fantastic!

Check out these cooked entrees. The Macro Cosmic Bowl; steamed veggies, brown rice or quinoa, and your choice of sauce-miso, teriyaki, and sweet & sour. Steamed veggies are great. I’d go with the quinoa and use some sweet & sour sparingly—good idea? The Full of Life looks tasty too; sprouted tortilla, beans, rice, baby greens, avocado, tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, and onions. The tortilla and rice are concessions—I’m okay with them—and provided the guacamole is sour cream-free, then it’s okay too.

The desserts don’t really do anything for me, but there are a few smoothies and juices I like. The Liquid Sunshine smoothie is made with banana, carrot juice, and coconut meat. Very cool! The Wild Jungle smoothie is cool too; avocado, spinach, coconut milk, and orange. As for the juices, I’m eyeballing the Bunny Love and the Be Green Juice. The Bunny Love is made with apple, carrot, beet, and celery. Nice! And the Be Green Juice is prepared with celery, cucumber, spinach, and kale. Again, nice!

What do you think, isOm Gardenas good as I think it is? It looks pretty solid to me, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s pretty hard to beat, but—like I’ve said before—I’m a big dummy. Come on, I blog for a living! So it’s your turn. Scope outOm Garden’s menuand let me know how you handleEating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email Until then, eat greatly!

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