Crave Healthy Habits

Crave Healthy Habits (Richmond-Adelaide Centre)

Crave Healthy Habits now has a much larger breakfast and lunch takeout counter on the concourse level of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre, a significant step up from its small start-up King St. location in the Financial District .

This particular location in the PATH boasts a sweet "take a book, leave a book" shelf and a cute chalkboard wall with encouraging phrases and tips for staying fit. A group of friends founded the brand with the goal of promoting a wellness lifestyle that encompasses all aspects of physical and mental health in addition to healthy eating.

Crave Healthy Habits

In keeping with the socially conscious, feel-good vibe of the brand, Crave also gets involved with the community; it's partners with the Canadian Cancer Society, has started a charity called #screwhunger (inspired by #fuckcancer ) that feeds residents of a Good Shepherd homeless shelter and is even hiring staff from a local women's shelter.

Crave Healthy Habits

Just about everything on the menu is gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly. Because boxes are prepared to order, modifications can be made for vegans and those who might have allergies to certain ingredients.

Crave Healthy Habits

Breakfast boxes feature different combos of oats, yogurt and fruit, and recently four kinds of artisanal toast ($4.50-$7.50) using Fred's Bread combined with various toppings (hazelnut spread with banana and pecans on sourdough; smoked salmon, goat cheese, black pepper, olive oil and dill on espresso bread) were introduced.

Crave Healthy Habits

For lunch, there are soups like lentil ($4.42) and roasted pumpkin ($5.31), but the main focus is on "steamed" and "cool" boxes, whose recipes and accompanying dressings were developed in collaboration with Chef Jono . Steamed boxes are actually "par-steamed" (between raw and steamed) in order to retain the crunch and nutrients of its ingredients.

Crave Healthy Habits

Each box comes with your choice of grain as a base (quinoa, brown rice or a mix of both)

and two preservative-free, made-in-house dressings on the side that are chosen to complement the ingredients in the box. Chicken breast ($2.10), salmon ($3.10), tempeh ($2.10) or tofu ($1) are optional protein add-ons.

Crave Healthy Habits

Names tend to have playful pop culture references, and co-founder Director of Public Affairs Salma Hamidi jokes about calling the next box the "What What" so customers will have to say, "Can I get a What What?" when ordering.

Crave Healthy Habits

The One ($8.19), a steamed box, already creates a "Who's on first?" ordering schtick ("Can I get The One?" - "Which one?" - "The One!" etc...). Containing corn, chickpeas, edamame, asparagus, mushrooms, wild rice, feta cheese, dried barberries and oregano with lime juice and extra virgin olive oil dressings, it gets nice (and necessary) hits of salt from the feta.

Crave Healthy Habits

Californication ($8.19) is an Asian-inspired steamed box made up of Napa cabbage, snow peas, corn, rainbow peppers, alfalfa sprouts, peanuts, sesame seeds and coriander with honey sesame and Thai peanut dressings. It has a nice crunch and the side sauces are tasty, especially when mixed together.

Crave Healthy Habits

For fans of places like IQ Food Co. and Kupfert & Kim , Crave is another good option to add into the weekly lunch rotation. It seems to be expanding and improving upon its offerings and operations with each new addition, and a location in the TD Centre will even have its own seating.

Crave Healthy Habits

Photos by Hector Vasquez


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