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Being tempted to eat healthier is a lot easier at FOY Superfoods in downtown Mobile, where you can find low-carb and low-calorie meals with simple ingredients.
FOY Superfoods • 119 Dauphin St. • Mobile, AL 36602 • 251-307-8997
What in the name of all that is delicious is a superfood? Is the word nothing more than a clever marketing strategy designed to capture a millennial generation? Maybe. Is it a word you can subjectively use to describe your favorite foods? Maybe. I’d like to think my chili recipe qualifies as a superfood, but your definition may differ.
Katie says the definition is a food that is nutrient-dense for its caloric content, and the internet agrees with her, but no one has defined that ratio to compile a true list of superfoods. She’s a smart gal but was unable to tell me just now nutrient-rich a food had to be to qualify as “super.” So, which make the cut and which don’t? Kale? Chia seeds? Bacon? Where does it start and end? I wish there were a list that not only drew the line at what is and isn’t a superfood, but also listed them in order, from the most super of all the superfoods to the least.
I certainly believe in the healing power of food. There has to be something to the idea of garbage in, garbage out. But I’ve seen 100-pound routinely takedown foot-long hot dogs for lunch and nurse biweekly hangovers with mountains of fast food and no exercise, yet still maintain a scale measurement around that century mark. They say envy adds 10 pounds.
So here we are on the other side of mid-October and I’m looking to drop some post-baby weight so I can misbehave on Thanksgiving. This is what led me to follow Katie and baby Henry to FOY Superfoods in the heart of downtown.
You may remember the nice folks at FOY (Fountain of Youth) from their previous midtown spot on Airport Boulevard called Balance. Balance was Mobile’s first hippie heaven, with lots of brown rice, sweet potatoes and tons of well-executed dishes with a strong vegetarian influence. They introduced us to something called Grack (extremely addictive granola) and also offered healthy preprepped meals for dinner at home on the go. After shutting those doors they opened FOY Superfoods at the southeast corner of Bienville Square on Dauphin Street, with a sharp-looking dining room and outdoor seating.
It was lunchtime on a Monday when we arrived just a couple doors down from The Haberdasher (I’d love a lunch menu from those guys). We were testing out the new jogger stroller and I purposely parked blocks away so we could get in some extra steps and check the alignment on the freshly pumped up tires of this Graco machine. Somewhere around Joachim I started to think about how much my focus had shifted while I pushed my newest reason to eat healthy, dodging sidewalk smokers and traffic, taking care to anticipate and avoid any potential hazard.
We walked into FOY, the first time for all three of us, and found the place sparkling clean. The wall on the left was lined with coolers full of drinks, sauces and various premade items followed by menus on giant monitors, a technological step forward from the chalkboard at Balance. It isn’t a small list by any stretch. A long list of bowls took up the most real estate, ranging from healthy common ingredients (served starting at 11 a.m.) to energy bowls engineered as super fuel for your body, served all day.
Tacos and quesadillas are not your run-of-the-mill variety. You may not be used to beets or sweet potatoes, but if you keep an open mind you will love the results. Fresh pressed juices are a feature I should look into as they sound delicious, and smoothies are a hot ticket item for eating on the run.
Baby Henry was fine with his supplemental powdered formula and pacifier, but I knew Katie was getting the butterflies. This place is right up her alley. She’s a closet hippie of sorts and a much healthier eater than I, but remember, I’m on a mission. Thanksgiving or bust. As newbies we stared longer than we should and wished we had planned our meal earlier by reading the menu on their Facebook page.
Katie was into the Super Bowls and ordered the Southwestern ($7.99). At the urging of our cashier she added guacamole ($.99) for extra southwestern flavor. The bowl was huge and full of brown rice, spinach, black beans, red onions, cherry tomatoes and corn, all things that do seem very southwestern. The ingredient that sounded like the redheaded stepchild was the roasted sweet potatoes. Just when you thought you’d get away without any superfoods, they sneak one in on you! From a flavor perspective it blended in with the others, bonded together with honey chipotle vinaigrette.
Before I realized what was in her bowl I ordered the El Chapo Taco ($5.99), adding chicken ($1.99). My overstuffed corn tortilla was lightly toasted and crunchy, taking up a good-sized tray. At this point I noticed I had ordered the same thing as Katie, save the brown rice and in taco form. No harm, though. I think mine was better.
A couple of La Croix sparkling waters (I am one of those addicts) and we were on our way to superfood healthiness. It may sound as if I’m making fun. Certainly I am not. Eat clean like this for a couple of days, avoiding processed foods, and you will notice a difference in the way you feel.
My only complaint was I wanted a pint of their chicken salad but they were out. It was a Monday at noon. That’s a bit of poor planning, but I can forgive. Check out their full menu at foysuperfoods.com and plan your next breakfast or lunch. It’s so tempting to eat healthier. I wonder if these guys could make me some superfood french fries!
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