Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe
Açaí bowls are all the rage these days in Grand Rapids, which is good because they are pretty great. Served with a spoon, you’re given what is essentially a thick, cold smoothie in a bowl. Yes, that does indeed sound a lot like ice cream. With this tasty ice cream-like frozen pureed açaí base, toppings are added to complete the bowl. Add-ins include chia, goji berries, coconut, kiwi, kale, and cacao.
Açaí is not only super fun to say, but the berries are also considered by some to be a “superfood” and therefore are reported to have positive health effects. The claims have been pretty wild and hotly contested since açaí hit the scene. Please understand that Vegan Grand Rapids is not a source of health information so always do your own research. We’re here for the food and we think they’re tasty.
A new spot in the rapidly growing retail area at 28th and the Beltline, Vitality Bowls is the perfect spot to have a light meal and then go buy all the snack foods at Trader Joe’s (at least that’s what we do). Vitality offers a large menu of bowl options and not all are based around the açaí berry. They also use other exotic fruits that were new to us – pitaya, graviola, and acerola. No worries, they do offer information in the store about what they are. Some of the bowls do have honey so keep your eye out for that, but it’s easily removed since they are made to order. And despite the name, they do offer more than bowls – smoothies, juices, one panini that can be made vegan (ask for no honey), and a couple of salads that can be made vegan (ask for no cheese and the only vegan dressing is the balsamic vinaigrette).
The bowls are solid. We like the breakfast bowl – an açaí base is topped with bananas, strawberries, flaxseed, and vegan granola. Not all are home runs. The avocado toast is a bit too lemony for us, but we’d order it again.
Vitality offers lattes, americanos, espresso, and cappuccinos, with both almond and coconut milk as options. There are also some unique items on the coffee menu. The açaí latte with espresso, açaí, coconut sugar, and steamed almond milk is definitely different and we think it’s delicious. Organic nitrogen cold brew coffee is on tap. Given all of that, even if coffee is all you need, it’s a much better choice for your caffeine than the Starbuck’s a stone’s throw away. They also offer one of our local favorites – Sacred Springs kombucha.
If you’re watching your figure, everything on the in-store menu clearly states the calorie content, or you can find it online here. As you can imagine, for such a health-forward restaurant, the staff is super knowledgeable about what is and what is not vegan. Vitality is a franchise-based chain but we feel that they qualify for the guide.