When you think ‘convenient, fast food to go’ images that come to mind include hamburgers, sandwiches and burritos. Healthy fare is hard to picture, and often even harder to find.
But that trend is changing here in the Valley with FRESH Juice Bar opening a second location in Palm Springs, Juice It Up! opening a second location in La Quinta, and Luscious Lorraine’s remodeling their Harvest Health Foods café for additional space and efficiency, to name a few.
When I’m passing through Palm Springs and want a hearty, healthy meal to go, one of my favorite stops is Palm Greens Café. Popular choices come from their full smoothie and juice selection including their famous Tim Bradley’s Ultra Green Smoothie packed with spinach, kale, mint, banana, apple juice, ginger, probiotics, aloe vera and spirulina. Palm Greens owners, Greg Schmitz and Jeff Huyett even traveled to Las Vegas to provide their famous patron with his regular vegan fare. The café has named another meal-in-a-cup for frequent customer, Suzanne Somers.
But what I love are their “burritos,” convenient, gluten-free rice wrappers in selections that include the Greek, the Buddha (with eggless egg salad), Roasted Chicken Salad, Seasonal Roasted Veggie & Quinoa, the Venus (with a seed n’ nut salad), the Garden (with grilled tofu, turkey, or wild salmon), and my favorite, the Falafel & Hummus wrap. These easy-to-handle wraps not only provide exceptional flavor, but also satisfy the ‘need for substance.’ What you won’t get is that 3p drop in blood sugar from a carb-laden meal that drives you to Starbucks!Jeff and Greg pride themselves on providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere (dine in if time allows!) with high quality, sustainable, organic–and fairly priced–food. Their other offerings include an extensive breakfast menu, and full entrees for lunch and dinner.
Palm Greens Café is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch (7a-4p) and Tues – Sun for dinner (4p-9p). Dine in or take out and call in orders are welcome. 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. (760) 864.9900 or www.palmgreenscafe.com.