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#5for5: Food Trucks for Healthy Fare

Food trucks are a working woman’s best friend. Quick, convenient, delicious… and healthy? We are living in a great ecofriendly city and as such, Vancouver has a variety of street food that are a combination of all these things, so you can enjoy them with gusto. From nutritious salads, fresh juices, to satisfying veggie burgers, here are five healthy food trucks rolling around town.

The Loving Hut Express

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The Loving Hut

Proudly the first vegan food truck in Vancouver, The Loving Hut serves plant-based vegan food in the Yaletown neighbourhood. They use local and organic produce, make their own sauces from scratch, and use vegan products like Daiya cheese and Gardein patties. One of their most popular menu items is their chick’n burger with a deep-fried Gardein patty, eggless chipotle mayo, guacamole, jalapeno relish, tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Pair it with a side of sweet potato fries or onion rings for the ultimate comfort food combo.

The Juice Truck

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The Juice Truck

The Juice Truck is the first cold press juice bar in Vancouver.With the dreaded flu season approaching, fresh pressed juice has your back, or should I say, immunity. They contain more essential vitamins, enzymes, and minerals than most other juices, in addition to preserving the fruit’s natural flavour. You do not need to go far for refreshment, as they have a truck on Water St and Abbott, a store on West 5th, and even an online store.

Culver City Salads

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Culver City Salads

Know someone who is not the biggest salad fan? After looking at their menu, anybody can be convinced that a salad packed with flavour, nutrients, and freshness can make a satisfying meal. They are not only green, they use a colourful palette of red tomatoes, orange carrots, yellow peppers,purple cabbages, and more! Made with in-season local produce, the menu changes with the seasons. Visit the two “salad sisters” running the business Tuesday to Friday in Coal Harbour on the corner of Hastings and Thurlow.

Chickpea Truck

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Chickpea Truck

We have Rotem Tal, and Itamar Shani to thank for bringing Mediterranean fusion cuisine to Vancouver.Originating from Israel, they grew up with authentic, spicy, homemade Mediterranean flavours. Before settling in the West Coast, both boys on their own had the opportunity to explore different culinary flavours through travel, and experimentation with fusion meals. Parked at Hornby and Cordova,the menu is customizable, giving you plentiful possibilities of meal combinations.

Holly Food

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Holly Food Canada

Holly Food is an Iranian-owned food truck serving Persian-Canadian Mexican fusion food. Owners Mojtaba (Moji) and Shabnam are committed to creating a sustainable impact on the planet through organic produce, recyclable packaging, and conscientiousness of their carbon footprint. Although not a completely plant-based menu, there are many great vegetarian options: soups, juices, and what they call Hollycorn. You are going to need to stop by this food truck to find out what their Hollycorn is, all we can say is, it looks heavenly.

For some, food trucks give a sense of nostalgia, taking us back to the days of perking up at the sound of the ice cream truck as a child. To avoid disappointment of going to a truck’s usual spot and seeing an empty street, it is advised to follow their social media sites for updates on location, or check the Vancouver Street Food App. Bon appétit!

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