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Gluten-free? Vegan? Dine here

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Gluten-free? Vegan? Dine here

Fuel+ Anyone with a special dietary need knows what it's like to walk into a restaurant and not be able to eat anything but a plain salad, or be charged extra for making a simple substitution to a meal. Whether you're vegan, celiac, lactose-intolerant or even just a healthy eater, dining out can be a challenge. That's why it's so refreshing to find a place that serves up healthy food made for everyone. Fuel+  is a Toronto café that offers a health-focused menu that doesn't exclude anyone. I recently got a chance to check out their menu, which features coffee, protein shakes and food, and learn more about their healthy food philosophy. Owners Chester Wong and Gary Taylor combined their business backgrounds with their passion for health to open Fuel+. They wanted to offer people healthy food that tastes good and doesn't cost more (forget paying extra for soy or almond milk in your coffee). And you can see their passion in the effort they put into making healthy choices for their customers. Spicy Ginger Chai For example, when concocting the recipe for this Spicy Ginger Chai, they couldn't find a ginger syrup from a vendor that didn't contain high-fructose corn syrup. So they decided to make their own in-house. They actually visit the vendors for most products they use or sell, and they make a point of buying local. Chili This hearty and flavourful chili from their hot food menu is organic, as is their coffee and tea. (I found out that coffee is one of the most pesticide-ridden crops in the world. In fact, it's only beat by tobacco and cotton.) Many food items they sell are all labelled with badges that identify whether they're GF (gluten-free) or PB (plant based, aka. vegan-friendly). Fuel Balls And finally for dessert: the café's signature sweet, Fuel Balls. These three choices–Cranberry Honey, Cinnamon and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip–are all based on crispy puffed brown rice, and are sweetened with things like organic brown rice syrup and local honey. Oh, and they're delicious. As for the brownies (officially known as Shockingly Healthy Gluten-Free Brownies), the only things you'll find in the ingredients list are: cocoa, dates, chickpeas, coconut oil and flax. What's crazier is that they taste like rich, decadent, real-dessert brownies. And that's important, because don't celiacs and vegans deserve good brownies too?  
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