I know, it’s hard to eat healthy sometimes. It seems like there are endless options when it comes to junk food, but very few places to go for a pure, natural meal. If you’re looking for food that you don’t have to feel the slightest bit guilty about, Rawlicious is for you. The restaurant was “born out of a frustration of the lack of healthy eating options once leaving home.” Founded in 2008 in Toronto, Rawlicious serves delicious, vegan and organic food. It is located at 718 Belmont Ave in the Belmont village. It is open from 10am until 8pm Monday, until 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, and until 4pm Sunday.
The menu at Rawlicious proves that eating vegan food doesn’t have to mean making sacrifices. There are numerous options on the menu to suit any taste and any appetite. And the beautiful thing is that everything on the menu is guilt-free; you know everything is made of natural, plant-based and organic ingredients.
Smoothies, Juices & Other Drinks
What’s better than a thick, sweet, fruity smoothie when you want something cold and refreshing? I really like that the menu lists the exact ingredients of the smoothies, because sometimes you don’t know what’s really being put into a smoothie! But at Rawlicious, you can see that all the ingredients are good for you, like berries, banana, avocado, and sometimes a little agave for a sweet touch.
Rawlicious sells juices as well. These juices are like liquid gold! Just have a glass of freshly pressed juice for an instant pick-me-up at any time of the day. It’s also a great way to get your vitamins. Some of the juices include “Green Apple”, which is celery, spinach, apple, ginger and parsley, and “Ginger Love” which is beet, carrot, apple and ginger.
There is also tea, French press coffee, and vegan hot chocolate.
Appetizers & Salads
Rawlicious offers four delicious appetizers. There are rice paper spring rolls, nori rolls, sliders and a nacho plate which is perfect for sharing. They offer four salads, which are all freshly made and come in a generous portion size. My favourite salad is “All Green Goodness” which has avocado, cucumber, sunflower sprouts and pumpkin seeds on a bed of romaine and kale.
Rawlicious lists all of their salad dressings and the exact ingredients of each one, so you know just what you’re getting! This is really important to me because if you’ve ever looked at the ingredient list on a bottle of dressing at the grocery store, you’ll know that they can make a salad go from healthy to horrible in a matter of seconds. At Rawlicious, the dressings are made with simple ingredients but are no less tasty; in fact, I think they’re even more flavourful and delicious. I especially like their tangy lemon dressing, which is olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar, agave and a few spices.
Who would have thought that you could eat a bowl of pasta without really eating pasta? That’s the beauty of zucchini noodles! It feels like you’re eating pasta noodles, but without all the carbs, and the zucchini adds a delicate flavour too. Rawlicious makes Pad Thai using zucchini noodles mixed with shredded vegetables and dressed in a tangy Thai sauce. There are a number of other top-notch entrees that are hearty, satisfying and still good for you, such as sandwiches, wraps and soft tacos.
Now we’re arrived at the best part: desserts! Rawlicious makes a variety of desserts from light to decadent. Some are definitely healthier than others, but after eating such a healthy meal, you deserve a treat anyway! There are several different cookies and bars, banana cream pie, cherry vanilla chia parfait and special order cheesecakes that come various flavours.
The atmosphere at Rawlicious is clean and bright, yet cozy. The space is open and there are seats for 25. Beautiful, colourful pieces of art are hung all around the walls, done by local artists. The ambiance is fresh and pleasant. There is also a lovely little patio area outside, and a small retail section selling some essential raw ingredients to use at home!
The Raw Box
With the Raw Box, Rawlicious makes healthy eating a breeze! You can get raw essentials delivered to your door. The boxes include some of the restaurant’s best sellers such as their onion bread, as well as a few sweet and savoury snacks that are ready to eat.
Rawlicious also offers cleanse packages, including a raw food cleanse and a juice cleanse. The raw food cleanse can be done over the course of five days, or you can choose a 30-day cleanses if you’re feeling ambitious. With this program you receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack which are made fresh and delivered to you every day. The juice cleanse includes three quarts of any juice of your choice, plus eight ounces of cashew milk.
At Rawlicious, you can enjoy nutrient-rich, flavour-packed super-foods which are so good for your health. I think it’s so nice to have a restaurant that gives you the option to be healthy, because it can be so hard to eat pure, simple food these days! The founders of the franchise really care about keeping a healthy diet, because having good health is so important. Do your body a favour, and eat some delicious vegan food at Rawlicious!