FEED BODY & SOUL REVIEW - Nutritious and Delicious

In a city where healthy restaurant options never sleep the Westside is lucky enough to have another new addition to the family.  Feed Body & Soul is a new restaurant in the heart of Venice inspired by the simple concept that eating well can be a daily indulgence.  The mission is based on quality fresh ingredients paired with a simple, modern and clean presentation that will satisfy palates and comfort souls.


Upon entering Feed one might think they are going to a new and swanky bar.  Well, it is indeed a bar but one of fresh juice and smoothie combinations.  As an example order up a Ginger and Lemongrass or Pineapple Curry refreshment.  For those that prefer to have their daily alcohol Feed does create unique and fresh fruit infused alcoholic beverage combinations like the Spiced Pear Toddy.


We were seated in the back patio area which like the food appeared clean, cozy and comfortable.  Upon perusal of the menu there were numerous unique and healthy items that would excite both nutrition buffs and the plain hungry at heart.  For those who are gluten free you can look forward to your new favorite place where multiple choices abound. Feeling parched after walking through the bar we initiated to feed our body and soul (pun intended) with some of their unique liquid nectar.  


Round One...Turmeric Shot

Freshly juiced turmeric root, carrot, guerro chile and orange. For those looking for something sensational to the palate maybe skip the turmeric shot.  However for those health buffs aware of the anti inflammatory and overall health benefits of turmeric it is highly recommended for a daily boost of nutrition.


Round Two... Daily Greens Smoothie:  

We shared this fresh blend of farmers market fruit and vegetables including a combination of kale, broccoli, ginger, turmeric, citrus, jicama, grapes, parsley, coconut water, and "Feed" green powder.  For those who desire their daily fix of green nutrients in a simple smoothie this is just what the doctor ordered.  For those again seeking palate stimulating flavor other than greens you might be better suited selectig one of the sweeter smoothe combinations such as the Tropical E- Pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, banana, coconut water, tocotrienols.  


Round Three... Antipasti Salad:  

With a handful of delicious sounding salads to choose from we opted for the Antipasti which is a sampling of three salad choices.  We dove in for the OG Raw Kale Salad: Apple, oranges, hemp seed, spicy lemon-honey dressing, Roasted Beet and Escarole Salad: walnut, leek, cauliflower, labneh, kumquat dressing and the Rotisserie Salmon Salad:  Winter Spinach, snow peas, tzatziki.  The only complaint here was serving size and especially because each was quite tasty. If forced to select one the salmon salad would probably win out for the tzatziki amidst the spinach and salmon added some nice flavor and creamy texture while the well cooked salmon added more of a satiating feel.  Everything was fresh and tasteful however leaving us ready for the next plate.  


Round Four... Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwhich

sunchoke parsley, minced dates, silkey tofu on gluten free bread.  The photo may look deceptively simple for although it certainly was refined the combination of ingredients tasted fresh and delicius and the gluten free bread option was much appreciated.  The bread was moist and nobody would ever guess that it was gluten free!


Round Five... Cacao Cake with Cashew Cream and Tropical Fruit Salsa

quinoa, flax, palm sugar, millet. Finally for dessert we opted for a delicious gluten free option. Although my partner in crime was not blown away, I myself was more appreciative because it was gluten free.  It was definitely satisfying and somewhat filling which was needed since our overall meal was somewhat light.  The combination of ingredients worked well together.  For a health conscience dessert it is a winner yet it's not something one might seek for an exclusive dessert outing.


In general, Feed Body & Soul does live up to its promise of healthy, clean, tasty meal options.  For those into health and wellness you will certainly appreciate the nutrition value paired with taste.  For those like my food friend, a 6'4 meat and potato eating male, it might leave you longing for more.  However, there is something to be said for a large athletic male enjoying a healthful meal even if left a little hungry.  I myself felt satiated and comfortable.  The price is average for typical Los Angeles but some may desire larger portion sizes.  That said the ambiance is great, the food selection unique and the fresh ingredients and combinations appreciated.  Thus, in conclusion if health and nutrition paired with food quality and taste is what excites you then Feed Body & Soul is a must visit to accomplish exactly what the name suggests. 


Located at 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice Ca. 90291  

Open daily 7AM to 11PM


Jennifer Kamstock, MS is a licensed holistic nutritionist and speech language pathologist. She is the author of "The Everyday Detox", host of the TV show Fight It or Bite It and health/wellness host/spokesperson for livestrong and ehow. As a comedianne and actress she can currently be seen in the recurring role of investigative reporter Brittney Bowers on Disovery's Dark Secrets and the comedy Focus Groups.  For requests or health inquiries contact [email protected].

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