I was recently invited to visit a young cafe called Fuel+ in the bustling neighbourhood of Church and Wellesley. Owned and operated by partners Gary Taylor and Chester Wong, the cafe is cozy, inviting and full of healthy vitality.
When I arrived, I was greeted with an amazing selection of teas, coffees, protein shakes and healthy snacks alongside a warm greeting from Gary and Chester. I’m such a true believer that the best food is made with love, and you can immediately tell how much these two care for and take pride in the food and beverages that they make and serve everyday.
Now, I haven’t gotten back into my regular routine of shopping for fruits and veggies ever since I finished harvesting my garden a couple weeks ago, and it had been a couple days since I last made myself a breakfast smoothie. So when I learned that Fuel+ specializes in vegan protein shakes made with fresh, local and organic fruits and veggies, topped with Vega protein powder (my personal favourite at home), my choice was made!
I had the Kiwi Kale Detox shake ($5.99), which was delightfully smooth and thick with a very delicate hint of sweetness (Vega protein is sweetened with stevia and brown rice syrup, one of the reasons I love it so much). Other flavours available are Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate, Blueberry Banana Vanilla Chai, Fruity Mixed Berry and a Vegan Pina Colada…. drool! There are enough nutrients packed in these shakes to make them a quick and healthy breakfast on-the-go.
I also had a sip of their very own ginger ale, which is made from scratch at the cafe. If you’re a fan of real ginger beer, this will hit the spot.
Now, many cafes around town that I have visited in the past usually only have sugar and corn laden, highly refined, over-priced gluten-free treats (if any). This is definitely not the case at Fuel+.
From a gluten-free brown rice pasta and peanut salad ($5.99), to tiny but filling “fuel balls” (3 for $2.50) and locally sourced gluten-free treats from Sweet Everythings (which you may recognize from the St. Lawrence Market), the food choices are both healthy and affordable.
The cafe’s vision statement sums up this gem of a cafe perfectly: “we believe eating healthy should not cost more and taste just as good.”
471 Church Street (at Wellesley)