Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods
Beach season is upon us. Unfortunately, due to some traveling and unhealthy amounts of eating, I’m going to have to go on a diet before I can be deemed bikini-worthy. The things is, I want to be trim and healthy without resorting to eating processed squares of chalky health bars and terrible tasting shakes. Hawaiian Moons serves the South side with scrumptious meals from its hot and cold bar; you get the full flavor of delicious, organic food without the trans-fats and general nastiness of other places. If you’re a fan of tofu, search no more. Hawaiian Moons serves the versatile soy product in an array of gastronomically pleasing ways. With Hawaiian Moons’ help, you’ll be beach-bound in no time. 2411 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 875-4356.
I am a chili fanatic. I love a good chili and collect recipes the way some people collect venereal diseases. Joy’s chili is heavenly—and meatless to boot. Joy’s uses organic, fresh ingredients and also boasts great soups, salads, sandwiches and spring rolls. And that’s just the “s” portion of the menu. If you’re looking for delicious, healthy food, Joy’s is definitely a treat. The best part: you can even have dessert here without breaking your diet. 1993 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-9258.
Alive & Well
When I was looking to be a lean, mean fighting machine, I went to Alive & Well to buy my supplements. Too bad I couldn’t find motivation in the aisles (next to the spirulina?) or else I could’ve been a contender. Ignoring that, Alive & Well serves up a delicious deli section during the lunch rush. They’ve got delectable salads and healthy servings of hot food as well. 340 Hana Hwy., Kahului, 877-4950.
Down to Earth Natural Foods
I once attended a cooking class at Down to Earth, where I learned how to make a meatless meatloaf and dairy-free pudding, among other things. During the class, I had the most delicious epiphany: I could make mock chicken in the comfort of my home. For years, I’d salivated over the delicious fake fowl in the Down to Earth deli, but now, I thought, I could bid the health food store a fond farewell. Of course, a few days later I was back in the deli grabbing my fix of mock chicken. It turns out I’m not as at home in the kitchen as I thought. (In addition to mock chicken, Down to Earth’s deli serves vegetarian dishes like lasagna, enchiladas and a mean apple crisp.) 305 Dairy Rd., Kahului, 877-2661.
Here’s the thing about Jamba Juice: the smoothies are meal replacements, not drinks. I don’t get it when people order something at Jamba Juice as a beverage to go along with the food they’re already eating; it’s like super-sizing your McDonald’s meal then adding a diet soda. Even when consumed alone, some of the more tasty Jamba Juice options are probably impractical for weight loss. Oh well—they do offer “lite” alternatives that are actually pretty good. Islandwide. MTW