As I took a six-hour trip this weekend to North Carolina, I was reminded of how hard it is to eat in a healthy way on the go. I was constantly bombarded by signs for fast food that was anything but healthy. While I still have trouble finding spots to eat everywhere I go, there seems to be a movement in this country that is insisting on food that is delicious and healthy. My friends and I decided to take a field trip to try one such restaurant in Richmond, Virginia this week and I was pleasantly surprised.
Fresca on Addison is the result of a collaboration between Jenna Sneed and her father, Jimmy. Jenna grew up in the culinary world since her dad Jimmy is a chef. At the age of 9 she became and vegetarian and later a vegan. Although Jimmy is not a vegan, he and his daughter have married their two worlds. His obsession is with "great product and flavor" while hers is with "farm fresh/animal free food." According to the restaurant's mission statement they are "driven by a desire to shun the foods that the big producers want us to buy. We’re focusing on local – organic – fresh – healthy – and damn tasty."
My friends and I ventured out on a very warm January day and were able to sit outside on the patio and enjoy our animal free lunches. The restaurant lacks a little atmosphere but what it lacks in ambiance it makes up for in delicious food. Pictured are the Black Bean Burger with Orzo salad and Mix and Match Tacos: Avocado and hummus, Curried Vegetable and BBQ seitan with pineapple slaw. I would go again in a heart beat! Make it your mission to seek out new healthy options for eating out. They are out there, you just have to look hard sometimes!