Corelife is a new casual dining eatery. They have pre-designed entrees as well as design-able entrees. Options to include in your entree include fresh food items that are free of GMO's, artificial colors, sugars, and additives. Examples would be kale, tomatoes, spinach, tofu, quinoa, steak, and much more. The first location was opened in Syracuse in 2015. Since this time, they have been a hit and as dozens of other locations were opened. I decided to check out the location in Allentown, PA.
When I first walked in, I saw water misting off of the produce for bowls. I was then presented with fresh options to design either a green, grain, or a broth themed bowl. Bowls could either be pre-designed or designed by the customer. The bowl I tried was the pre-designed "Green and Ancient Grains" bowl. It included quinoa, kale, arugula, tomatoes, corn, chickpeas, broccoli, and white cheddar cheese. I picked a large bowl to share with my sister. The arugula and tomatoes made it especially refreshing and energizing. The quinoa and chickpeas provided enough protein for me to feel full throughout the afternoon. A complimentary slice of bread was also offered at the check out.
Something unique about CoreLife was that soda was not served. The beverage options were much more unique. Examples were "Beet Lemonade" and "Cranberry Cayenne Lemonade." I loved this idea. Although these beverage options originated from beets and cranberries, it is important to remember that even they should still be consumed in moderation. Although there were some nutrients from the fruits and vegetables, sugar was also added to these beverages. The sugar content was 33 grams and 130 calories in the Beet Lemonade. To compare this to Coke, Coke has 39 grams of sugar and 150 calories in a 12 ounce portion.
Yay or Nay?
Yay. I would highly recommend going to CoreLife eatery. It was very easy to find both vegan and vegetarian options as well. The only word of advice I would give would be to split the large bowl with a friend. My little sister and I ended up sharing the large bowl. We both agreed that this was the perfect amount to feel satisfied, but not uncomfortably full. Having an eatery that excludes artificial additives, sugars, and colors is a great step in the right direction.
Here is their website: https://corelifeeatery.com/
Ava is a Registered Dietitian with a BS in Nutritional Science from Penn State University. She completed her postgraduate dietetic internship at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center where she had a critical care concentration. She started her RD career working at a level one trauma center providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients in the Greater New York City area. She now resides in South Florida as her hospital's full time outpatient dietitian, overseeing outpatient nutrition for cardiometabolic, bariatric, and hospital medical nutrition therapy.