Have you ever been to the mall and felt like there’s not a wide selection of food options for health-conscious individuals or those with special dietary needs? Well, feeling as though you’re an “organic food/non-GMO/gluten-free/either vegan, vegetarian or free-range meat eating” misfit in a world full of hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, and genetically modified foods may someday be a thing of the past—or at least not as isolating as it once was. More healthy, nutritious food possibilities are making their way into the malls, or at least into a few of San Diego’s malls.
On July 2, 2012, True Food Kitchen, a green-certified restaurant, opened its doors in the Fashion Valley Mall. True Food Kitchen is a culinary oasis: a rich and tantalizing world filled with All-Natural Steak Tacos (for the meat eaters), Spaghetti Squash Casseroles (for the vegetarians and gluten-free revelers), Teriyaki Brown Rice Bowls (for the vegans), and amazingly delectable pizzas (which can be made either with wheat or gluten-free crust). They even have some top-notch salads, such as the Mediterranean Chopped Salad: a tasty assortment of cucumbers, olives, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, feta, Marcona Almond, and Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette. But save some room for dessert because you won’t want to pass up the Almond Olive Oil Cake with marinated blackberries and Greek yogurt, or the Pomegranate Yubu Sorbet.
Another option for healthy food is the Nordstrom Café, a sit-down café located within Nordstrom’s, a department store found in malls throughout the U.S. The Nordstrom Café uses local, natural and organic foods in the dishes they serve. Their meals do not include hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats or oils. They use milk and dairy products that are rBGH-free (rBGH is a bovine growth hormone that is supposed to help cows produce more milk, but it often leads to udder infections and increases the amount of the IGF-1 hormone in the cow and its milk. People who consume too much IGF-1 in their milk and dairy products have an increased likeliness of getting colon, breast, and prostate cancer. For these reasons, injecting cows with rBGH is banned in Canada, Australia, Japan, and all of Europe). Nordstrom Café also uses cage-free eggs, organic greens, and has fair-trade and organic coffee selections.
Jimbo’s, a natural food grocery store, is said to be opening its doors in the Westfield Horton Plaza Mall in the summer of 2013. Jimbo’s is locally owned and operated. Now you’ll be able to even buy your healthy groceries at the mall, or even just a quick, nutritious snack.