Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

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As part of the “Well-Together Challenge,” the next thing Sarah and I decided to try together was eating some raw/vegan/healthy food from Life Alive, an “urban oasis and organic caf锝 in Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

Sarah had heard great things about Life Alive and it seemed right up my alley: “Scrumptious Unprocessed, Whole Meals.” It sounded great! Ok, pretty much as soon as Sarah said “juice bar,” I was on board. I love fresh juice and there’s no where near me that makes it (that I know of), so I was especially excited about visiting.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

At Life Alive, all of their meals are made fresh to order from organic produce, which is delivered daily, so as soon as I walked in, it was the first thing I smelled. It was like being at a farmers’ market!

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

The menu at Life Alive was really something special. It included warm meals, cold meals (salads), soups, sides, smoothies, and juices.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

I have to admit, the menu was a little overwhelming, but only because there were so many delicious-sounding options. There were also number of ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with, but the staff was friendly and willing to help. They described the various flavors and answered all of my questions.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

Even still, it took me a little while to decide what to order. I wanted to try so many different things! (FYI: Life Alive offers Demi portions, which are a smaller version of their meals. I didn’t realize this until after I ordered, but ordering two Demi portions and maybe a side or two would be a great way to try a few different things.)

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

Random side note: I loved that the condiment bar was loaded with nutritious and various diet-friendly options””from nutritional yeast and liquid aminos to ginger sugar and gluten-free mustard.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

Deciding on what juice to order was a piece of cake. The “Jive Alive” immediately caught my attention. It was made with cucumber, celery, kale, lemon, and ginger. The lemon and ginger flavors really came through, and it tasted fresh and clean.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

After much debate, I ended up ordering “The Lover,” which was steamed shitake mushrooms with dark greens, shredded carrots, beets, and broccoli flowers tossed in a zesty, garlicky Ginger Nama Shoyu dressing and served over short-grain brown rice.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

The veggies were only lightly cooked so they retained flavor, crunch, and nutrients, and the brown rice added texture and satiety to the meal.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

It was a fairly large portion and ate the entire thing. It was awesome.

Life Alive: Urban Oasis & Organic Café

If you’re looking to try something different, I highly recommend Life Alive. My first experience was really great, and I’d love to dine there again soon. It’s sort of a hike from where I live, but I’d totally make the trek. Maybe next time with Mal? He’s sometimes skeptical of places like this because he’s worried the food will taste too healthy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to take him. The menu offered so many different dishes and the flavors were interesting, but not weird, and I think most people would enjoy them. Plus, you’re getting tons of nutrients in each and every bite of the food. I honestly felt healthier after eating at Life Alive!

Question of the Day

Have you ever eaten at a place like Life Alive? What’d you think? 

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