Healthy Options Abound at Ada’s Green Leaf Café
Sep 30, 2014 10:33AM
By Linda Sechrist
As recently as 2010, local residents and visitors to Southwest Florida found that remaining true to special diets, whether vegan, vegetarian, raw or Paleo, could be a challenge when dining out. Today, area restaurants such as Ada’s Green Leaf Café, located inside of Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, make enjoying a meal out much easier for those with specific dining needs and preferences.
From grass-fed beef burgers with lactose-free, cheddar or Swiss cheese and wild-caught salmon with vegan remoulade, to fresh organic salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers and handmade pizzas, Ada’s Green Leaf Café offers dine-in and carry-out breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Local produce is used whenever possible, and some gluten-free items are offered. The organic juice bar prepares organic vegetable and fruit juices and smoothies, and a selection of wines adds more beverage options.
The family-run health food market also offers a salad and olive bar with a full array of vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and prepared dressings, as well as market-prepared meals, such as the popular breakfast Powerbowls, made with a mix of organic fruits, granola, honey and acai. These can be enjoyed in the café.
“Our self-service café is integrated with our in-store deli. This means that everything we serve in the café is made in-house,” says Winfield Lentz, executive chef and deli manager, who notes that the café received a four-star rating from Florida Weekly.