To close out a week of posts inspired by Kris Carr’s book Crazy Sexy Diet, I wanted to share our favorite place in Chicago for green juice and raw food – Earth’s Healing Cafe in Ravenswood, just steps from the Montrose Brown Line stop.
Mike and I are lucky that this charming, independently owned cafe just happens to be right next to our gym. We often stop in after working out, but I’m sure we’d go out of our way to come to the cafe, even if it wasn’t so convenient. In fact, it’s such a gem that Mindful Metropolis magazine featured Earth’s Healing Cafe in April.
I love the atmosphere of the cafe – complete with the smell of fresh fruit and vegetables, soothing island music, large windows, and a table made out of a drum. Owners Samantha and Akin truly make Earth’s Healing Cafe a welcoming place. I’m always greeted with a smile and they’ve impressed me several times with their cheerful service, and by remembering details of our prior visits. Samantha often asks if we’ve ridden our bikes lately, and once when we ordered apple pie and they were all out, Akin sadly noted that it was a shame since he knew we hadn’t tried their wonderful desserts yet.
The cafe’s motto, a quote from Imhotep, is painted on the wall, “Let Food be your Medicine, Let Medicine be your Food”. The cafe truly embodies this message as everything served in the cafe is raw and organic, for maximal nourishment. Additionally, Akin is an herbalist well versed in the healing properties of herbs, which are incorporated purposefully throughout their menu.
As an example, one of their best selling drinks on weekends is the hangover helper, “Liver Harmony” (pictured at top, far right), which utilizes Dandelion, Burdock, and Turmeric. The bitter herbs are hard-workers, and are balanced by sweet apple and carrot juice.
Mike and I each named the “Mother Earth” as our favorite drink. This concoction of Apple, Celery, Kale, Cilantro, Lemon, and Ginger is surprisingly light and refreshing. It reminded me of lemonade, not only for it’s sweet-tart qualities, but also because it’s the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.
I also loved the “Blood is the River of Life” (pictured at top, second from left). The sweet taste of apple and beet is tempered by the bitterness of celery and a hint of spicy ginger.
On a recent visit, Mike and I were both battling a cold. On Akin’s recommendation, we tried the “Infection Healer” shots of Lemon Juice, Ginger, Goldenseal, Echinacea & Cayenne. This drink really made my mouth pucker, and as a fan of all things sour, I loved it.
They also offer a long list of smoothies with rare ingredients like Maca and Moringa alongside health-nut favorites like almond butter, goji berries, and hemp seed. The first time we ordered a smoothie at Earth’s Healing, we were impressed to see the coconut used in our drink cut-open just seconds before it was added to the blender.
After my lesson in PH, I was excited to see that the water served at Earth’s Healing is specially treated Alkaline water, to help balance the body’s PH. A special machine separates the water into Alkaline water and Acidic water. The Alkaline water is used for drinking and in menu items, and the Acid water is used for cleaning the fruits and vegetables.
Although drinks are the most prominent menu items, the delicious raw food is not to be missed. Mike and I really enjoyed the “Plate of Imhotep” entree which was a nut-patty topped with cashew cream and greens. Mike was surprised at how satisfying Raw food can be, and is as excited as I am to try more of their menu items.
The cafe is also known for it’s rotating “Dessert of the Day”. On one recent visit, Cinnamon Hemp Balls were featured. A base of Dates made these the perfect sweet treat. They also make a wide variety of cakes and pies, all of which are organic, raw, vegan, and gluten free.
For me, every visit to Earth’s Healing Cafe is a total wellness experience, complete with good vibes and nutritious, delicious food and drinks!
Earth’s Healing Cafe
1942 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL
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