2013-12-25 / Restaurant of the Week

Vitality & Health Natural Market

By Teresa Barile

With a new year quickly approaching, why not take the opportunity to overhaul your diet and your lifestyle too. Vitality & Health Natural Market will help you fill your refrigerator and cupboards with all organic, natural foods and cold pressed juices to foster a healthier body, mind, and lifestyle. Owner John Sierros opened this 24-hour market seven years ago, and I’ve been shopping here ever since.

Vitality & Health Natural Market is located on Broadway, just at the 46th Street stop on the R train. This is your one-stop shop for fresh, organic food in Astoria, vegetarian, vegan and all health foods, vitamins, herbs and their famous cold pressed juices. Bins outside burst with colorful fruits and organic vegetables offered at excellent prices at their peak of flavor. So many of us stop in on our way home from work to pick out what’s for dinner. Even if you don’t cook, there’s no excuse not to eat healthy with their lavish hot and cold buffets of ready-to-eat meat, fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes, all made fresh on the premises and continuously replenished. You’ll never eat junk food again, and why would you when you can choose among organic meatloaf, beef stew with chunky vegetables, vegetarian eggplant rollatini, honey roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, brown rice and sautéed vegetables. On the cold side, you’ll find colorful grilled vegetables, southwestern style couscous, whole wheat pasta salads, black bean salad and a myriad of other, constantly changing dishes. The soups are homemade with organic ingredients and include seasonal pumpkin spice, vegetarian lentil, chunky tomato vegetable, and chicken noodle.

Order a sandwich or wrap to stay or to go from the sparkling clean case displaying dozens of healthy options such as balsamic chicken, veggie wraps, Caesar chicken wrap, spinach and feta cheese wrap, spicy Buffalo chicken and more. Sandwiches are constructed on multi-grain rolls, olive bread or rosemary bread and most come in both regular size and mini size. These tasty sandwiches are composed of turkey and Swiss cheese, salami, grilled vegetables, goat cheese, vegan mozzarella and more. Wash it all down with a cold pressed juice that will clear the toxins from you and boost your immune system, especially now during cold and flu season. Choose a “prescription” from the juice menu and you’ll feel the benefits soon after. Vitality & Health Natural Market has an impressive array of vitamins, minerals, herbs and dietary supplements to soothe the body and mind. There are even organic soaps, creams, bath and body products for adults and babies.

The refrigerated section of the store holds organic milk, cheese, vegan products, eggs, and dozens of varieties of yogurt and dairy products. Organic beef, chicken, turkey will go into your own recipes at home or grab some veggie or vegan burgers to sizzle up at home. Vitality & Health Natural Market’s selection of organic, natural grocery items rivals that of the big chains. Get your staples here such as cereal, rice, pasta, canned beans, pancake mix, baby food, teas, coffees, spices, loaves of fresh baked bread, English muffins, nuts, dried fruit and even natural beer. There are plenty of gluten-free, sugarfree, and lactose-free foods here too, so everyone can enjoy their favorites. Sweeten your palate with organic cookies, cheesecake, chocolate cake, peanut butter vegan pudding, minicakes, brownies, homemade muffins, baklava, and a cup of free-trade coffee, espresso, or cappuccino served hot or cold any time of day. Stop in on your way to work in the morning for a fresh muffin, egg sandwich, fruit smoothie, or get an energy burst from a cold pressed juice. The staff is friendly and efficient too!

Start 2014 on a healthy note without breaking the bank. Vitality & Health Natural Market is open 24/7 and has everything you need to sustain a healthy diet so follow their mantra and “Eat healthy, live happy.”

46-03 Broadway  Astoria

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