2014-12-24 / Restaurant of the Week

Vitality & Health Natural Market

By Teresa Barile

“If you eat healthy, you’ll live happy.” That’s the slogan at Vitality & Health Natural Market.

I’ve seen this natural market blossom from a little shop offering organic and natural foods nearly 8 years ago to the expanded, one-stop-shop for all things healthy and delicious that it is today. Whether you stop in on your way to work for a cold pressed juice boost in the morning, a freshly prepared sandwich, wrap or soup for lunch, or partake of the delicious hot and cold buffet, Vitality & Health Natural Market allows busy people to eat healthy, even on the run.

Located on Broadway, just at the 46th Street stop on the R train, Vitality & Health Natural Market is open 24 hours so you can always stop in. You’ll see the bounty of colorful fruits and vegetables on display at the corner with shockingly good prices for natural and organic produce, much of it locally grown for freshness. Even if you don’t cook, there’s no excuse not to eat healthy with their tantalizing hot and cold buffets of ready-toeat meals. There’s always a choice of meat, fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes, all made fresh on the premises and continuously replenished. On a recent visit, the variety of hot dishes included penne alla vodka, eggplant rollatini, sautéed fish with lemon sauce, tender chicken Francese, roasted honey chicken, barbecued ribs, and meatballs parmigiana, to name a few. Take what you like to stay or to go and add your favorite side dishes such as creamy mashed potatoes, brown rice, sweet potatoes, steamed vegetable medley or fried zucchini sticks. The cold buffet offers an endless supply of colorful grilled vegetables, Southwestern style couscous, curried basmati rice, whole wheat pasta salads, black bean salad, quinoa, kale, roasted beets and all things healthy and delicious. I’m addicted to the soups which are homemade and include vegetarian lentil, chunky tomato vegetable, chicken noodle, and some seasonal favorites.

One of these soups pairs well with a satisfying sandwich or wrap. You can try a different one each day of the week with 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, avocado and sprouts and more. Order a refreshing, healthy juice from the menu of fresh, cold pressed juices that will clear the toxins from you and boost your immune system, especially now during cold and flu season. Vitality & Health Natural Market will keep you healthy with its astounding array of vitamins, minerals, herbs and dietary supplements to nourish the body and mind. They’ve added a large selection of natural beauty products, soaps, creams and natural remedies for adults and children.

Vitality & Health Natural Market has a fully stocked dairy section, organic meat, poultry, fish, and the best eggs from a local farm in Long Island. I rarely go to conventional supermarkets anymore now that Vitality has nearly everything you need for your holiday entertaining. True story: I was recently preparing for a dinner party and picked up some salsa, tabouleh and hummus for appetizers, along with organic chips and crackers. Next, dinner was turkey chili made from ground turkey, organic beans, tomato and spices. Gluten-free cornbread mix was on the side and of course, a crunchy salad with lots of greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. Dessert was easy too with eclairs, lemon coconut cake, cannolis, rice pudding, and homemade baklava to choose from, along with imported, free trade coffee. A selection of beverages and beer is available too, and I even picked up some nicely scented candles for the table. (hint: there’s a liquor store across the street for the last item on your shopping list!)

As you would imagine, Vitality & Health has a big variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and lactose-free foods, all fresh and reasonably priced. Enjoy a meal at one of the tidy tables and pick up free Wifi or stop in and take something home as this writer does almost every night. The friendly owner, John Sierros, always offers a warm greeting and the staff is friendly, fast, and very helpful. Get your Vitality & Health Loyalty Card and start shopping with $5 off every $100 you spend. The New Year is a great time to start eating healthy and living happy. Vitality & Health Natural Market salutes your good health!

46-03 Broadway  Astoria
718.777.8477

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