With the New Year in full swing, North Hills’ patrons are more passionate than ever about developing and continuing healthier lifestyles in 2017. But clean eating isn’t always easy. Enter Grabbagreen – a restaurant dedicated to providing “healthy food, fast!” From strictly organic, non-processed foods to free-range chicken without hormones or antibiotics—you name it, they’ve got it.
North Hills Live caught up with Heather Phillips, the owner of Grabbagreen’s North Hills location. Below, she offers wellness tips for post-holiday rejuvenation, discusses why being kind to yourself and your body trumps “traditional” dieting, and offers an inside scoop about the popular Grabbadetox cleanse!
North Hills Live: What is Grabbagreen’s mission/health philosophy?
Heather Phillips: Grabbagreen’s vision is bold: To Lead the Charge in Making Fast Food Healthy. We believe that healthy food can also be available with the speed and convenience of traditional fast food. Our menu is preservative-free, naturally gluten-free and GMO free. We believe in serving the freshest whole-foods and providing a delicious experience for customers.
NHL: What makes Grabbagreen a good fit for North Hills?
HP: The Grabbagreen customer base, those with convenience and health consciousness in mind, is very complementary to the North Hills demographic. The proximity of Grabbagreen to the Midtown health and fitness stores (like Pure Barre, lululemon and Fitness Connection, to name a few) is a perfect match. Like Grabbagreen, North Hills is innovative and full of energy! We love being part of such a dynamic center. From Wellness Wednesday to the Farmer’s Market, there are so many wonderful community events to be involved in!
NHL: How does Grabbagreen help make clean eating easy?
HP: Grabbagreen offers a wide selection of menu offerings that can be personally built for the customer. All signature menu items are prepared fresh, made-to-order and provide a delicious experience for customers with a variety of flavors to meet dietary needs – without compromising your time. There are no unhealthy choices. The whole food menu is based on super food ingredients.
Customers can also order online or on our app, which allows them to prepay and select a time for pickup. This is a no-brainer for those wanting to eat fresh while on the go. The Grabbagreen App is available on both iTunes and Google Play.
NHL: What does Grabbagreen’s farm-to-table concept include?
HP: We strive to use locally-farmed foods whenever possible. Grabbagreen is committed to bringing the freshest food from the farm to our tables. In the Carolinas, we support Indian Creek Farms, ISE Newberry Farms, Walter P. Rawl Farms and Wright Bros. Farms. Organic ingredients make up 70% of our Grabba Grain and Grabba Green signature bowls.
NHL: What are some of your popular healthy menu offerings?
HP: There certainly are some North Hills fan favorites. When it comes to our grain based bowls, the Southwest, Tokyo Bay and French Quarter are very popular! Our South Beach green-based bowl is so bright and fresh, and paired with our shrimp; it is a real winner. Power PB&J, Energy Elevator and Feeling Fabulous are a few of the popular smoothies. The North Hills clientele also love our juices! We bottle fresh juice in-house every day to keep our shelves stocked. Local favorite juices include our Gingerly, Immune, Wellness, Boost, Detox and Energy.
NHL: What are a few wellness tips you can share going into the New Year?
HP: Treat your body well. We always say, ‘You are what you eat’. Eliminating processed food does not mean you are on a diet, it means you don’t have to diet. If you focus on eating whole foods and nourishing your body, you will feel your absolute best! Be kind to yourself and make the time to eat well. After all, with our convenience and swift service, it doesn’t require much time to feel your best!
NHL: How can your Grabbadetox help customers reboot their bodies after the holidays?
HP: Our juice detox program is a healthful way to reboot your body. After the holidays or an indulgent weekend, sometimes you need a little kick start to feel great. Customers can choose from 1-, 2- or 3-day cleanses and will receive 6 bottled juices and 2 elixirs per day. The nutrient-dense cleanse floods your system with the vitamins of over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables. The Grabbadetox flushes out toxins and results in a lighter, more energetic you!