By Kristi Alexandra
There’s no reason to wait until the New Year to do better when conscious eating, better nourishment, and planet-friendly choices await you at North Vancouver’s Buddha-Full.
The organic, vegan, and gluten-free eatery opened its doors in 2010 in Lower Lonsdale, serving up eco-conscious meals that nourish the body (and soul), along with cold-pressed juices and smoothies intended to hydrate and promote longevity. The conscious company added its second location at North Vancouver’s Northwoods Village in May of 2017, offering up even more choices for meat-free foodies.
Now, Buddha-Full’s menu changes with the season, offering a host of seasonally-inspired smoothies, juices, salads and entrees.
For those on the go, Buddha-Full offers up one, three, and five-day juice cleanses, and for those who want to sit with their meals, the shop’s cafe-style seating, lounge, or swing sets are there for the swingin’. When infamously rainy Vancouver inspires a drink of something warmer, try any of their hot drinks with a choice of house-sprouted almond, coconut or organic soy milk, such as the “5 moons chai” or the “kick-start latte” full of chaga mushroom, yerba mate, raw cacoa and more.
“We always wanted Buddha-Full, to be a warm light-hearted space that provided amazing nourishment. A space that would inspire and educate through intentional choices and insightful events,” say co-founders Geremie Voigt and Kyla Rawlins.
Walking into the now-iconic spot, peace, love, fun and intention is reflected in every sense: from the playful swings that line the juice bar—a nod to both light-heartedness and balance, perhaps—to the raw pineapples and plants that adorn the walls, to the boho-chic seating area full of Himilayan salt lamps and throw pillows.
The duo counts their passion for healthy and conscious foods among their desire to share their favourite meals and products with the local community. As a company, Buddha-Full operates on six core values: local sourcing, sustainability, community, peace, scratch cooking, and transparency.
“It was the unified connection between our health, animal kindness and the planet; that when combined, gave us purpose to fulfilling our dreams,” Rawlins and Voigt exclaim.
And if your dream is to walk into 2019 living a little more consciously, Buddha-Full’s everyday plant-based food will give you a head start on walking into the New Year with more intention.