Vancouver Dining

SMAK in the Province

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Gluten Free Fast Food is Talking SMAK!

SMAK in Coal Harbour’s financial district is a 100% gluten-free restaurant that is changing the way we think of fast food — everything the fast food industry destroyed over the last 60 years is everything SMAK is rectifying now.

smak 005 Gluten Free Fast Food is Talking SMAK!

Brendan Ladner of Smak Healthy Fast Food said: “We started out with one concept only, Real Food From Scratch, then we realized how easy it was to go gluten free.”

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SMAK in The Georgia Straight

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Vegetable-packed noodle bowl from SMAK Healthy Fast Food makes a wholesome meal

Unlike some chefs and restaurateurs, Brendan Ladner didn’t learn how to cook from his mother. In fact, his mom rarely made meals from scratch, so Ladner—who is the oldest of four children—taught himself.

“With a lot of my friends, both parents worked and didn’t make time to cook,” he told the Georgia Straight during an interview at his restaurant, SMAK Healthy Fast Food (1139 West Pender Street). Consequently, Ladner and many of his peers felt lost in the kitchen.

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Super Foods

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Super food is a loose term being thrown around by the health community. What does it really mean? Food that are the most nutrient dense in the world. They are full of range from alkaline-forming, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, calcium, electrolytes, essential fats, iron, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, omega 3 and 6 proteins. Wow sounds great, where do I get these wonder foods?

They are in so many foods around us. Green leafy vegetables, starchy vegetables, quinoa, seeds, certain types of oils, nuts, fruits, and harder to find chlorella, spirulina, maca and stevia.

Our bodies are constantly in search of balance, everything we eat has a benefit or consequence. It can be immediate such as eating sugar or take time such as a wholesome complex carbohydrate that releases as steady flow of energy for up to 72 hours. Take fast food our bodies use almost all of our available energy sources to digest. Leaving little room for thinking, being active and other bodily functions. Super foods are the opposite because they have very little impact on the energy taken to digest them. Not only that but they also provide energy, clarity, digestive aid, strengthen and endurance.

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Organic Foods

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When I see the words organic food comes up I immediately think about how food used to be produced before we industrialized farming. Man toiled with the soil working hard, up before sun rise and to bed at sunset. They meticulously saved their seeds for the next harvest allowing the evolution of the seed to determine their crop. Food was real it was natural it did not need to be called organic. Flash forward to today when most products not just food are poorly made, they break down, they crash or simply don’t work. We have created a situation where profit rules over what our body needs nutrition. Food grown organically has a smaller yield giving each plant or animal more space to grow. What is the significance? On a plot of land there is only so many nutrients to be shared, so a smaller yield gives each plant a greater source of nutrients. Now think about food grown with pesticides, synthetics and other harmful chemicals. Our food retains these chemicals and we ingest them. For one, I am certainly do not need to eat plastics and harmful chemical used to kill weeds and insects. Think about spraying weed killer on your lawn now think of the yellow grass being your stomach lining.

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