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December 4, 2012

Healthy Creations- Organic Meals Made Easy!

I was honored to be invited by Rhiana Flor, Owner and an organic lover herself, to taste and experience Healthy Creations for the first time. From the moment I stepped into this quaint cafe I was immediately drawn to the menus, display case and staked shelves of gluten free items! I was warmly greeted by Ian, Healthy Creations Manager, and within minutes enjoying a glass of Kombucha, a probiotic rich beverage which they conveniently have on tap!

Healthy Creations is an exceptional San Diego eatery that provides a safe haven for health conscious individuals. They accommodate not only to the organic food lover but also individuals who must abide by a nutrient specific diet. Whether one is allergic to gluten, soy, and/or dairy, Healthy Creations has various alternatives at an affordable price.

Gluten Free Menus GALORE!

Healthy Creations does it all when it comes to healthy eating. Whether you're on the go, have a busy week, or would like to enjoy a quick carefree bite, Healthy Creations is your one stop shop for living healthy, while still enjoying the joys of delicious food. Below is a brief summary of all the options Healthy Creations provides:

Prepared Meal Program aka Dream Dinners
From the cutting board to the oven rack, Healthy Creations has been providing fully prepared, uncooked meals for 5 years. They cater to a variety of different dietary needs- gluten free, dairy free, vegan, low glycemic, etc. while still placing the highest importance on the ingredients and preparation from start to finish. This is music to a Celiac's ears. Being a young working professional, I find cooking a healthy and nutritious meal each night after a long day at work a daunting task. I often end up tossing a salad together with little/no thought to the quality of my meal. Healthy Creation's meal program offers the flexibility to enjoy your favorite dishes without the mess and time. Click HERE to learn more about how the program works and pricing. Click HERE for December's meal options. A little birdie told me the meatloaf is one of their best sellers!

As convienient as the pre-planned meals are, I have to admit I am not always the best planner. No problem, Healthy Creations still has you covered. With the Grab N Go option, pick from a number of meals pre-packaged and readily available for pick up. Call ahead to see what is available that day. Each package includes detailed cooking instructions, literally grab N GO!

Mac & Cheese was creamy, cheesy with the perfect amount of seasoning.

Build Your Own Sandwich, Salad or Wrap
Need I say more? The options and possibilities are endless! For salads pick from a variety of dressings all from Follow Your Heart brand.

Mini Gluten Free Market
Healthy Creations also provides gluten free products that are not readily available at other grocery and health food stores. Some of my favorites include a local San Diego product, Millie's ice cream, The Pure Pantry baking mixes, and a NEW product I had never tried, O'Dough's gluten free bread. 

Healthy Creations offers a variety of baked goods made with alternative sugars such as palm syrup and maple syrup and minimal starches but full of flavor! Each display item has the full list of ingredients included on the tag, giving peace of mind to each customer. We sampled the Pumpkin Maple Nut Bar, a delicious Fall favorite, the Chocolate Cupcakes filled with vanilla frosting, a gluten free twist on the Ho Hos, and the Raw Superfood Protein and Fiber Nut Bar, a healthy bar that tastes as delicious as it looks! Healthy Creations does not use hydrogenated oils or trans fats but instead organic palm shortening, organic coconut oil, butter and earth balance soy free 'margarine' in their baked goods. 

My favorite- DINE IN!
All I have been thinking about ever since I visited Healthy Creations is their Roasted Mediterranean Chicken Panini...served on their House-Made focaccia bread! The bread is a blend of brown rice flour, sorghum flour and tapioca and potato starch.  It has been awarded the titled of San Diego's Best Seller and I completely understand why. The sandwich is a hearty helping of pesto, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and slices of chicken breast. The bread, which is gluten, dairy, soy, and egg free, did not overpower the sandwich, it was thin, light, and slightly crispy. It added the perfect crunch with every mouth watering bite.

My sister ordered the Acai Bowl and was amazed at the freshness, flavor and overall presentation. All the Acai bowls are a delicious blend of unsweetened acai, plain yogurt, almond or coconut milk, and your choice of mango, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, and/or raw honey. A breakfast food that is perfect any time of the day!

Just in case a customer wants to double check the ingredients of a meal, baked good or product, Healthy Creations stores the below binder behind the counter and is available at all times for customer use. Now that is  something I wish EVERY restaurant had! 

Healthy Creations provides endless gluten free options for dining in, taking out or planning ahead. From the diverse menu and knowledgeable staff, you're sure to find an option for your specific nutrient needs. Thank you Healthy Creations for proving a safe haven for so many individuals within the San Diego county. I know I surely appreciate everything you do for the gluten free community! Spread the word, this place is a gluten free MUST TRY!

Healthy Creations Contact 

376 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: (760) 479-0500
Monday-Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-7
Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-3
Sunday: Closed
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