Destination: Athlete Eats

By Molly Rippinger
In Food
Image courtesy of Athlete Eats

Image courtesy of Athlete Eats

Healthy food doesn’t have to be hard to come by and the team behind one of Cherokee Street’s latest storefronts, Athlete Eats, is out to prove it. Co-owned by the husband-wife duo of Simon and Angelica Lusky, Athlete Eats is serving up a wide variety of vitamin-packed, super food options that cater to the needs of both highly active and average individuals.

The space is large enough for just under a dozen chairs to tuck under the bar and along a counter by the window. Inside, dark woods and modern accents give the interior of Athlete Eats a sleek yet welcoming feel. Lining the wooden shelves behind the bar are mason jars in tidy rows, clearly marked with tags, such as “ultimate green” or “bee pollen.” Little garden beds of wheat grass add to the décor and also provide Athlete Eats with a constant, fresh supply of the protein-rich plant.

Up on the hanging chalkboards guests can check out the daily specials, fresh juice combinations and full list of smoothies. All of the drinks can be ordered by the half or full pint, making them great on-the-go options or perfect for storing in the fridge. For a glass packed with bright flavors, try the “Citrus Wake-up,” which combines orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine juices. Another option is the tropical “Pineapple Express” made with fresh pineapple, orange juice, coconut milk, Greek yogurt and banana.

Those looking to sink their teeth into a satisfying meal should consider the breakfast, lunch and prepared meal options cooked by executive chef Bob Brazell. To prove healthy breakfast foods don’t have to be boring, Brazell has created menu items such as gluten-free pancakes topped with a dab of sweet potato butter or gingerbread waffles served with fro-yo al a mode. Lunch is equally delicious with five options offered daily—salad, soup, bowl, platter and special. Go for the Korean-inspired Bibimbap bowl filled with things like cauli-rice (a gluten-free technique of grating cauliflower and preparing it to mimic real rice) and thin slices of grass-fed beef for a nutrient-rich meal.

Athlete Eats also offers a convenient prepared meal program where the menu can be catered to meet any dietary restrictions. The meals are picked up or delivered twice a week and come in freezable and microwavable containers.

Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. 2837 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.932.5566. 

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