February’s Darou Wellness Approved Business with Bolt Fresh Bar. Today we interview the owners of Bolt about their store and their vision. Bolt is Located in downtown Toronto 1170 Queen St. West.
What is BOLT, and what makes you unique?
Bolt is a friendly and welcoming environment that is designed to make it simple to eat well with an emphasis on the food being delicious and nourishing.
What makes Bolt unique is our wide variety of nutritious offerings and the community we serve. We have people from all walks of life coming in looking for something that will make them feel good and taste good. There’s nothing like Bolt in the area. We’re just offering a “green” alternative in an area that primarily sells everything but greens.
What are some of the health benefits of drinking fresh juice?
There are so many benefits to drinking fresh juice – here are just a few:
- fresh juice is packed with nutrients
- juicing helps with better absorption all the vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and fruit.
- juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner.
- you can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet
- packed with soluble fibre (lowers cholesterol)
- juice helps with digestion as its easier for our bodies to digest and therefore you also save energy
- more antioxidants for your body and anticancer properties
- can help your body detox
- can help with weight loss
Can you share one of your favourite menu items, from each of your specialties: Juices, Smoothies, Salads and Grain Bowls?
My favourite juice is the Garden – I like drinking my salads sometimes! But the beet juice is also sensational…
Smoothie? Definitely the Almond Delight: low calorie, delicious, filling – plus I can add a shot of cold brew coffee for an extra kick. The Power Plant is my go to when I need a super smoothie to replace a meal or give me enough energy to keep me going for hours. It has a ton of protein, vitamins and minerals, electrolytes, healthy fats and superfoods.
Salad? Caesar salad, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. It’s just soooo good! Our tempeh for this dish is soy free, organic and chickpea-based. We order it through Culture City who just won a few awards for their innovative food creations.
Bowl? The Ultimate Bowl! Pick a grain, pick your greens, pick a soup or stew and pick a few items from the salad bar. This is my favourite as I get a little of everything which adds up to become a very nutrient-packed meal that I never finish in one sitting. You get your raw and cooked food all in one dish. You’ve got to be hungry for this one!
Do you have options for people with food sensitivities and allergies?
We are gluten-free and plant-based. We can make almost anything nut-free, soy-free, seed-free, grain-free, garlic-free, nightshade-free etc. We are very accommodating. I personally suffer from a lot of allergies and sensitivities. I know that I’m safe when I eat at Bolt and don’t have to put too much thought or stress into what I’m going to eat. It can be really frustrating eating out when you have so many restrictions. In fact going out for dinner or any social event usually gives me anxiety to the point where I might just not go knowing how difficult it will be to eat. When I’m at Bolt I don’t have to worry about anything and I want to make sure that my customers feel the same. Feedback is always appreciated and taken very seriously when it comes to allergies or any food sensitivities.
What is Mushroom Coffee? It sounds interesting, but does it taste good?
Mushroom coffee is delicious! A lot of people are hesitant to try this, but trust me when I say hard-core coffee drinkers have converted. You can’t taste the mushrooms at all, just the bold taste of the strong coffee. I’m not the biggest mushroom fan, nor am I a heavy coffee drinker, but this particular product has let me enjoy a cup of coffee without a crash, anxiety, jitters, or headache, with the added benefit of the superfood mushrooms. It’s instant coffee so you can travel with it. All you need is a little bit of hot water and you have yourself a coffee that makes you feel good and has a lot of health benefits. We offer two kinds. One is with Chaga & Cordyceps the other is with Chaga & Lions Mane. Cordyceps aids with muscle recovery and fatigue, while Lions Mane is a brain booster. Chaga is over all immunity support.
In these winter months, do you have a recommendation for immunity-boosting?
So many!! Getting enough sleep, exercise, fresh air and sunshine. Taking measures to lower stress levels. Consuming whole and vitamin rich foods, like lots of in-season fruits and vegetables. Adding in warming and immunity boosting foods and supplements like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, vitamins c & d, and a good b-complex, zinc, echinacea, oregano, probiotics. Above all else striving for balance is key. Spend time outdoors and with loved ones. Listen to your body, nourish yourself, and come into Bolt for our many immunity boosting menu options!!
Your Acai bowls are quite famous, especially on Instagram! Are they actually healthy? What are the health benefits?
They are quite famous, and YES they actually are healthy! Acai itself is quite the superfood, with one of the highest levels of antioxidants and high levels of anthocyanins like reversatol. It is also packed with healthy fats. Overall, our Acai Bowls are low-glycemic, high in antioxidants, beneficial fatty acids and blood sugar stabilizing fibre. They also contain kudzu root which is a great overall body tonic and liver support. They provide a sustaining and satisfying burst of energy, without the crash. They also taste delicious, and are fun to eat!
Tell us about the great perk you are offering to Darou Wellness patients and clients for the month of February.
We are so excited to partner with Darou Wellness for the month of February, and are happy to offer 20% off all our menu items from February 1-29th! Pick up your card at Darou Wellness, and we look forward to seeing you soon!