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Super Food Finds

by Catherine DeMuro

With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the time to kick off a cleaner diet before the big meals and parties begin. Autumn is the perfect time for us to refresh our diets with super foods, which are high in nutrients and have many health benefits. Take a look at these super dishes from around our towns to help fuel your fall days.

Spicy Avocado and Lime Kale and Grain Bowl (pictured)
b. good, Marlton and Mount Laurel
High in fiber, vitamin E and other nutrients, avocado is one of our favorite super foods for all meals. Sautéed veggies, black beans and avocado are served over a bed of leafy kale and topped with queso fresco, a squeeze of lime and chipotle purée for a spicy kick.

Black Bean Soup
Healthy Garden, Moorestown and Voorhees
Nothing compares to a hearty soup on a crisp fall day. Healthy Garden’s black bean soup provides that warm, fuzzy feeling while also being nutritious, too. Black beans are high in protein and antioxidants, making this super food the perfect base to a robust soup, which gets finished with crumbled feta and avocado.

Pear and Fig Flatbread
Canteen, Mullica Hill
This eclectic hidden nook serves soup, salad and sandwiches in a vintage farmhouse setting. Crisp sliced pears are served with honey goat cheese and fontina atop a fig spread, making this smooth flatbread high in potassium and fiber for a sweet, guilt-free dish.

Hummus and Veggie Burrito
Animo Juice and Burrito Bar, Haddonfield
Hummus isn’t just for dipping anymore. Made from chickpeas, which are full of protein and antioxidants, hummus is spread on a whole wheat tortilla before being topped with organic vegetables and coated with house-made vinaigrette on this fresh, crisp wrap.

Caravan Salad
Honeygrow, Cherry Hill
Roasted free range chicken sits on a bed of kale and organic baby spinach, covered in cucumbers and raw cauliflower with a hint of earthy sweetness from tea-soaked raisins and toasted almonds. Lemon curry yogurt dressing is drizzled atop the whole bowl to add a bit of creaminess that is still light.

Green Papaya Salad
Lemongrass, Cherry Hill
This Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant uses the lesser-known green papaya as the star of this nutrient-rich salad. High in vitamins A, C, E and B, it gets paired with red peppers and carrots over a bed of iceberg lettuce and showered with peanuts, cashews and a Vietnamese dressing for a bite that’s sweet, salty, crispy and beautifully fresh.

Spinach Roll-Ups
Zoe’s Kitchen, Marlton and Cherry Hill
With high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, spinach is a super food that’s almost effortless to add to your diet. Zoe’s fills these savory snacks with fresh mushrooms and roasted tomatoes along with feta and gooey mozzarella cheese. Sprinkled with scallions and then served with dipping salsa, these roll-ups will give you an extra boost.

Quinoa Fried Green Tomato “MLT”
Harvest Seasonal Grill, Moorestown
You’ve heard of a BLT, but Harvest’s “MLT”—mushroom, lettuce, tomato—is our new fall favorite. Boasting protein- and fiber-rich quinoa with fried green tomato, Harvest does it right with this sandwich. It’s served on naan flatbread with wood-grilled Portobello mushrooms and a sundried tomato vinaigrette for a rich, smoky flavor.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (October, 2016).
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