Raw and ready: New super-food vitality bar opens in Del Mar
By Kelley Carlson
Open just four months at the Albertsons shopping center on Via de la Valle, Del Mar’s super-food vitality bar is already drawing customers seeking a super-healthy lifestyle.
In fact, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., it’s not unusual to see lines going out the door at bBar, according to owner Lisa Odenweller. People of all ages come for fare that promises long-term health benefits from a menu concocted by Odenweller and a team of renowned raw food and holistic chefs: Simone Powers, Adina Niemerow, Matthew Kenney, Meredith Baird and Susan Sbicca.
The freshness provides further appeal, as everything is made on site — from almond milk and orange juice to dressing and flax crackers.
“We love playing with super-food,” Odenweller said. “Everything is created for a purpose.”
For example, there’s the Rockstar, a made-to-order smoothie that derives its bluish-green color from E3Live Blue Majik, an algae product that aids in muscle recovery and alleviates inflammation, among other possible benefits. It’s blended with sprouted almond milk, coconut water, banana, Beaming Protein, coconut butter, date and vanilla. And then there’s the Sexy Mayan, a spicy chocolate concoction that contains maca to boost energy and libido.
There are even “Beaming Kids Tastebud Approved” items for the younger set, such as the Beaming Basic in vanilla or chocolate. “As a parent, I feel really good about it,” Odenweller said.
Her own children formulated one of the beverages: Mom I Ate My Veggies! that also has fruit and is filled with antioxidants, fiber, protein and vitamins.
Along with smoothies, bBar makes hydraulic cold-pressed juices that retain more vitamins and nutrients than produce squeezed in the standard juicer, and they last up to five days. A couple of them (including the Skinny Cooler with pineapple, cucumber, mint and jalapeño) can double as cocktail mixers.
Furthermore, there are power tonics, such as the cold-and-flu-fighting Immunity Booster. Especially popular during the winter, it’s a potent mix of orange juice, oregano oil, ginger, cayenne, astragalus and elderberry.
Customers unsure of what smoothies or juices to order may request samples at the counter. While waiting for their selections, they may sit at a patio table; curl up on the couch underneath a TV that will eventually play videos touting the benefits of super-foods; or perch on a stool at the bar.
There are more than just beverages at bBar. If you need a snack, there’s the Beaming Protein Bite. It’s very much like a healthful cookie, but people eat them like candy. The Bite is a compact combination of coconut flour, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, Beaming Protein, lucuma, goji berries and coconut sugar.
For something a bit more substantial, bBar has a variety of raw foods, salads, bottled soups and quinoa that change daily. Among them are the Coconut Ceviche, a festively colored dish with coconut meat, finely diced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro and Himalayan salt, all marinating in lime juice; and the cool and refreshing organic Thai Salad with almond Thai dressing.
For those who want takeout, there are bento boxes complete with vegetables, Beaming flax chips, quinoa and Chipotle Bitchin’ Dipping Sauce.
For people who desire more than just a single healthy meal, bBar offers raw, organic, plant-based cleanses.
“They’re designed to work for you,” Odenweller said, whether it’s to aid in weight loss, boost mental clarity, improve skin, discover possible food allergies, or to just feel better in general.
BBar creates the base and it’s up to the consumer to adapt it to his or her needs. There are one-, three- and four-day cleanse options, and customers can collect the fresh items daily at the super-food vitality bar. The products can also be picked up at La Jolla Sports Club and at Yoga Six in Carlsbad, Point Loma and eventually 4S Ranch.
bBar Super-food Vitality Bar
Address: 2683 Via de la Valle, Del Mar
Phone: (858) 481-1222
The Vibe: Upbeat, social, health-conscious
Signature Dishes: Beaming Protein Bites, kale salad
Open Since: 2012
Patio Seating: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
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