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Naturally Yours

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 5, 2012

naturally yours torontoNaturally Yours would probably do exceptionally well in Kensington or on the Danforth. Of course, those areas already have health food stores catering to their needs, so another shop would simply add to the abundance. Toronto's downtown core, however, has anything but an abundance of green grocers, especially at the heart of the bustle in the Financial District. That's where Naturally Yours comes in.

naturally yours torontoLocated on the lower level of First Canadian Place, Naturally Yours is a supplements shop, a grocery store, and a place to pick up a quick, healthy lunch. It has many of the eco-friendly items you'd find, say, at the Big Carrot or at Essence of Life, but it's just an elevator ride down for the 8,000 people who work in the building, and a stop along the way for the 80,000 more who pass through its doors.

naturally yours torontoNaturally Yours is a long time fixture in the First Canadian Place "Market Place" (read: the corridor that's also home to Prairie Girl Bakery, Longo's, Akco and others). Though the building as a whole, including the Market Place, has undergone a thorough renovation, Naturally Yours has been around pretty much as is for decades.

naturally yours torontoI stop by the shop and meet the owner, Tom, who is a bit shy to chat but obviously proud of his store. He tells me he got into the business simply because he needed something to do after university, and has watched over the operation of this shop and a Naturally Yours on Kingston Road ever since.

naturally yours torontoAnd for a fairly small shop here at First Canadian Place, Naturally Yours is stacked with products. Most prominent is its collection of herbs and supplements, but also available are eco-friendly shampoos, natural feminine hygiene products, healthy bagged snacks — the types of things most people would pick up at the giant Rexall down the hall, but with an eco-friendly twist. Around lunchtime, however, the hot table draws all of the attention.

Naturally Yours"We have a kitchen off site where we make all of our lunch items," Tom says, adding that the store has become increasingly focused on gluten-free. Naturally Yours rotates a menu of lunch and daily soup offerings that include yam burritos (which Tom points out is a clear Naturally Yours lunch frontrunner), mac and cheese, zucchini lasagna and more, all of which typically ring in around $7.00.

naturally yours torontoThe shop's spelt scones are a big hit during the breakfast rush, with fresh salads such as chickpea and seaweed ($1.99/100g) available all day long. Best of all, the ingredients for each dish is posted alongside, with information or quirky facts added about certain ingredients.

naturally yours torontoAnd while Naturally Yours has long been the dominant First Canadian Place presence in terms of healthy, vegetarian, and gluten-free, it is poised to get some company. A shop called Kupfert & Kim is moving in across the hall, offering Financial District workers another option for meatless and wheat-free. And Tom, clearly, is not happy.

"I'm very concerned," he says when I ask him about the new shop. "It was my idea, and I feel like I've been ripped off."

naturally yours torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

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11 Comments

Jackie / January 11, 2011 at 01:15 pm
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Naturally Yours is an absolute life-saver. I am a really healthy and admittedly annoyingly finnicky eater these days but here, I can grab all my groceries AND a healthy, delicious lunch steps from work. The owners are really knowledgeable and carry a wide variety of hard to find items - nutritional yeast anyone? They also bottled their own yummy salad dressings, which my partner is completely hooked on. All in all, a little paradise for me in a sea of bad food court options.
Linda / August 19, 2011 at 11:58 am
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Not as healthy as one would think.. seems their scones are A small sign posted at the bakery says each of the Spelt Scones has just 220 calories.

Unfortunately, all those happy customers have been misled.

Lab tests reveal the spelt scone topped with fruit is closer to 600 calories, almost triple the number advertised.
Welshgrrl / November 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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Excellent! I walk through FCP concourse 2+ week so will definitely stop by next time I'm passing through.
Laurie / November 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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i feel like that place is maaaad expensive. but i guess location is everything!
Ivana / November 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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The yam burritos are the best ever.

The groceries are a bit expensive, I like to hit up Second Nature in Bloor West for those items.
Jos / November 5, 2012 at 04:13 pm
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I haven't eaten there since The Star tested the scones and found that the posted nutritional information was totally false (and not by a little bit). If that's false, what else is false? Plus, the owner has a crappy attitude, as evidenced by his "That was my idea and they ripped it off" comment. Naturally Yours has been staring at the empty Soup It Up location for the better part of a year. If the guy really wanted to do something with "his idea", then he should have got off his fanny.

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/dietfitness/thedish/article/1017888--the-dish-gourmet-bakery-s-spelt-scone-not-as-healthy-as-advertised
Alex / November 5, 2012 at 06:03 pm
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GIANT VEGAN COOKIES AND BROWNIES.
Vidya replying to a comment from Linda / November 5, 2012 at 09:00 pm
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@Linda -- I don't understand your point. Calories are not a measure of how healthy or not healthy a food is -- only a measure of food energy, i.e., how much sustenance a given food can provide to the body. We *need* calories, they fuel our bodies. I don't want to spend my money on food that doesn't offer a reasonable amount of metabolic fuel.
Debbie replying to a comment from Jos / November 5, 2012 at 09:04 pm
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The scones at this place are amazing! I grab one in the morning at least a couple times a week on my way to the office. I think the issue with calories is that the portion is very generous which gives it great value for a baked good in this area. Often I save part of it for later in the morning.
Amanda replying to a comment from Linda / November 6, 2012 at 12:37 am
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@Linda, Calories are not the only thing food provide one with.
Stephanie replying to a comment from Amanda / June 14, 2013 at 07:25 pm
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What about the calorie content in the kamut protein cookie? Does anyone know the actual calorie content in these? The company only lists them as being 190 calories, which seems unlikely based on the scone results.

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