Eat the Rainbow

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"Eat The Rainbow" With Our Spring Specials

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Have you ever heard of “eating the rainbow”? In the nutrition realm, the phrase "eat the rainbow" refers to the importance of eating different colorful fruits and vegetables to make sure you get all the nutrients your body needs. At Le Botaniste, we believe in this philosophy, recognizing the inherent health benefits of consuming a vibrant array of different fruits and vegetables. In this article we will review the concept of eating the rainbow, its benefits, and how to do it.

  

Join us as we explore the importance of eating the rainbow 
and discover the revitalizing power of nature's color palette! 

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Why Eat the Rainbow? 

The concept of eating the rainbow is rooted in science. Simply put, each fruit and vegetable has a presence of specific pigments (phytonutrients), which give them their color. These phytonutrients contain many health-promoting benefits, ranging from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to immune support and disease prevention. 

 

The Health Benefits of Colorful Foods 

Let’s delve into the rainbow of health benefits associated with different-colored foods: 

RED:
Fruits and Veggies: tomato, watermelon, and grapefruit
Main Phytonutrient: lycopene
Health Benefits: this potent antioxidant has been linked to reduced inflammation, heart health support, and even a lower risk of certain cancers.

 

ORANGE & YELLOW:
Fruits and Veggies: carrot, sweet potato
Main Phytonutrient: beta-carotene
Health Benefits: promotes eye health, bolsters immunity, and contributes to glowing skin.

 

GREEN:
Fruits and Veggies: spinach, avocados, asparagus, artichokes, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kiwi fruit, collard greens, green tea, green herbs (mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, and basil)
Main Phytonutrient: chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals
Health Benefits: supports detoxification, bone health, and cardiovascular function.

 

BLUE & PURPLE:
Fruits and Veggies: blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, Concord grapes, raisins, eggplant, plums, figs, prunes, lavender, purple cabbage
Main Phytonutrient: anthocyanin
Health Benefits: helps combat oxidative stress and protects against age-related cognitive decline

 

DARK RED:
Fruits and Veggies: strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cherries, apples, beets, watermelon, red grapes, red peppers, red onions
Main Phytonutrient: carotenoid lycopene
Health Benefits: potent compounds with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

 

WHITE & BROWN:
Fruits and Veggies: onions, cauliflower, garlic, leeks, parsnips, daikon radish, mushrooms
Main Phytonutrient: allicin and beta-glucans
Health Benefits: offer immune-boosting compounds, 
supports healthy gut and lowers cholesterol


By embracing a colorful diet, you’re not only tantalizing your taste buds but also nourishing your body from the inside out! 
 

 

At Le Botaniste, we invite you to try to eat the rainbow and enjoy our colorful cuisine. Remembering to eat the rainbow every day is a great and simple way to make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients into your diet. Our last tip: work toward adding at least two or three colored fruits or vegetables to each meal and at least one or two to each snack. (With our new dishes you will be spot on 😉

 

Introducing Our Spring Specials:

In line with our commitment to culinary creativity and “eat the rainbow” mindset, we’re thrilled to unveil Le Botaniste’s vibrant Spring specials: 

 

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Saag Bota

A harmonious blend of veggies and spices, this hearty dish features a base of brown rice topped with saag, sweet potatoes, curry chickpea hummus, fresh herbs, and a refreshing mint dressing. It’s served with an Ayurvedic Cracker. This combination of veggies and spices will leave you enjoying every bite!

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Tutti Veggie Salad

A celebration of seasonal produces, this colorful salad is made of salad mix, white bean salad, roasted veggies, turmeric lemon hummus, green peas, red sauerkraut, topped with lemon harissa dressing.

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Tutti Veggie Pasta

A pasta like no other, created with quinoa Fusilli, roasted veggies, turmeric lemon hummus, green peas, topped with lemon harissa dressing. It's pasta perfection with a plant-based twist.

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Disclaimer: The content on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultative with healthcare professionals. If you are seeking medical advice or treatment, we encourage you to consult a medical professional or healthcare provider.

Belgian Vegan Award for Best Lunch

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Belgian Vegan Award: Best Lunch!

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“Le Botaniste continues to suprise with its innovative and tasty recipes based on organic vegetables

Be Vegan at the Belgian Vegan Awards. 

Every year, BE Vegan, the Belgian veganism association, presents the Belgian Vegan Awards to remarkable food concepts that have made a significant contribution to the Belgian vegan scene. This year, Le Botaniste secured the title for “Best Lunch”! 

The crowning moment took place during a glittering ceremony held in Ghent on January 29, where the Belgian Vegan Awards recognized the most impactful vegan initiatives of the past year. Among the deserving recipients, Le Botaniste received the coveted title for providing the best lunch experience. BE Vegan, the organization behind the awards, highlighted Le Botaniste for its continuous ability to surprise and delight with innovative and delectable recipes crafted from organic vegetables. The accolade is not just a recognition of culinary excellence; it also acknowledges Le Botaniste’s steadfast commitment to numerous environmental projects. 

This triumph underscores Le Botaniste’s dedication to a 100% plant-based and certified organic menu, offering a culinary journey brimming with flavors and creativity. Whether you find yourself in one of the three Belgian locations (Ghent, Schuman, Bailli) or in the United States, where Le Botaniste is making waves, you can savor a truly exceptional vegetable-based cuisine. Not only the food was highly spoken of, our well-known ‘instaproof’ marble veggie bar and vintage medicinal interior with styleful art were mentioned.  

As Le Botaniste continues to expand its footprint, this award serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing not just meals but an experience—a journey through plant-based gastronomy that captivates and delights. Here’s to Le Botaniste and all the other champions, to make the best out of vegan dining! 

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The awards were presented in twelve categories, encompassing vegan brands, as well as restaurants and books. The other winners of the awards were: 

The Belgian Vegan Award ceremony was made possible thanks to the help of enthusiastic BE Vegan volunteers.
The above photos were taken by Lotte De Bock and Oscar Moerman, video footage of the ceremony was captured by Sofie Pintelon
Organization on social media @bevegan.be.

Personalized Bowls through Square Fare AI Technology

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Personalized Bowls with Square Fare AI Technology

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Have you ever found yourself standing in front of a menu, torn between what you want and what your body needs? Does the world of nutrition sometimes feel like a maze, leaving you unsure about what your body truly requires? Navigating the landscape of nutrition can indeed be challenging. It’s not just about what tastes good but what fuels your body in a way that aligns with your personal health goals. Whether you’re aiming to manage your weight, enhance heart health, reduce inflammation, or regulate blood sugar levels, the choices you make on your plate play a crucial role.

 Starting this month, we unveil the first-in-industry partnership with Square Fare, introducing a new revolutionizing AI technology to tailor meals to the individual needs of the restaurant guests. 

By taking a short quiz, the tool will provide a personalized order recommendation based on someone’s health and fitness goals of the day. The Square Fare tool analyzes individual profiles, workout plans, and overall macro targets in real time, using this information to build the perfect Le Botaniste bowl. Leveraging the extensive Le Botaniste menu and all our “Do It Yourself” combinations, these personalized bowls are designed to maximize nutritional benefits without compromising on taste.

 

Laurent Francois, Co-Founder and CEO of Le Botaniste, emphasized the restaurant’s commitment to offering satisfying plant-based meals that nourish the body:

“Our goal is to provide our guests with delicious food that's also nutritious, 
enriching the dining experience for those who take a holistic approach to well-being. 

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As part of the collaboration, the Square Fare widget and a 2-minute quiz will be integrated on our website, providing personalized recommendations for both online and in-store guests. Alizée Wyckmans, Brand Director at Le Botaniste, highlighted the empowerment aspect of this feature. “No two people have the same nutritional needs. It’s a way to empower our guests—not just to eat better but to eat what works for them.” 

 

Claire Goldwitz, CEO and Founder at Square Fare, shared her vision of the partnership too: “Our mission at Square Fare is to tailor meals to the individual needs of our clients. By collaborating with Le Botaniste, we aim to revolutionize the restaurant landscape and provide innovative solutions for a healthier lifestyle.

 

“Join us on this journey where your plate isn’t just a source of nourishment but a tailored experience that reflects your individual needs.


Welcome to a new era of dining at Le Botaniste,
where your health and satisfaction are at the forefront of every bite!

Discover the Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

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Discover the power of medicinal mushrooms

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“Discover the power of medicinal mushrooms”

The Impressive power of Mushrooms - Lou Sagar, CEO and founder of The Alchemist's Kitchen. 

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There is a groundswell of interest in microdosing plants, herbs, and mushrooms. Although microdosing is generally associated with using psychedelics in low dosages, the interest is rapidly expanding to include non-psychoactive cannabinoids extracted from the Cannabis plant and medicinal mushrooms such as Lions Mane, Reishi, and Cordyceps. Using high-potency concentrated tinctures at a higher dosage may deliver faster relief from stress, anxiety, brain fog, and pain. Let’s discover more of the benefits of microdosing together.


A Brief History

Although microdosing has only recently become popular, the practice has a long history. Microdosing has existed in many indigenous cultures around the world. This spiritual process has been used as an ally for healing, social engagement within the family, and tribal governance. The highly influential philosopher and author Terence McKenna, presented his “stoned ape theory” in his book,

“Food of the Gods”, hypothesizing that ancestral apes living in trees munched on psychoactive mushrooms growing in the grasslands and forests. This behavior stimulated mental awareness and helped them adapt.

Many indigenous cultures are led by a shaman, a person who serves as the community’s doctor and spiritual leader. In South America, the curandero is a traditional native healer who carries forth the collective wisdom of the tribal history, sharing stories and presiding over rituals, using psychedelic plants as a channel and guide.

In 1970, Roland Fischer demonstrated that low doses of psilocybin improve cognitive health. His research claims that the incorporation of small doses of psychoactive mushrooms, and cannabis plants into the diet of early humans likely enabled them to live more consciously, increase their knowledge, and advance their culture. This might just be the beginning of the symbiotic relationship between psychoactive plants, mushrooms, and human beings.

The Medical Reality

A large body of anecdotal evidence clearly shows that the benefits of microdosing lead to physical, mental, and emotional improvement. Dr. James Fadiman, a well-respected transpersonal psychologist, has been collecting reports on microdosing from people worldwide since the 1960s. It comes as no surprise that he is often referred to as “The Father of Microdosing”.

What we do know is that psychedelic substances act on the serotonin (5-HT) receptors in our brains.

Serotonin is a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter that delivers messages between nerve cells in the brain and throughout the body. These messages mediate satisfaction, happiness, and optimism. Serotonin levels are reduced in depression, and most modern anti-depressant drugs, known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), act by increasing the amount of serotonin available to brain cells.

Serotonin receptors are found throughout our nervous system and govern many aspects of our being, including mood, thinking, and sexual desire. Psychedelics bind most effectively to the 5HT-2A receptor, one of the receptors involved in learning, memory, and cognition. As a result, when consuming only a microdose of a psychedelic substance and thus avoiding the “classical trip,” the brain can focus solely on the cognitive boost caused by these receptors.

Microdosing is a practice that yields the best results when it’s done over an extended period following a dosing scheme or protocol. The benefits of microdosing and the results of this practice depend greatly on the person, the substance, the dosage, and many other personal factors, such as one’s intention, expectations, and mindset.

Potential Benefits of Microdosing:

·       Improved concentration and focus

·       Getting into the flow more quickly—at work, hobby, or study

·       Increased creativity

·       Increased productivity

·       Improved problem-solving capability

·       Increased overall awareness

·       Improved mood

·       More balanced mood

·       Better decision-making ability

·       Making more conscious choices about health, lifestyle, well-being

·       More positive mindset

·       Increased emotional awareness.

Potential Risks of Microdosing

·       Microdosing is not for everyone.

·       Do your research, and consult with your medical professional.

·       Microdosing may increase anxiety.

·       It may also result in fatigue.

·       There is a chance it can cause mild upset stomach and nausea

·       Possible connection to causing tinnitus – (ringing in ears)

·       May cause headaches

·       What we do not know – Everyone is different – Continued research is needed.

Sources:

Fadiman, J. (2011) The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys. Park Street Press.
Fischer, R., Hill, R., Thatcher, K., et al. Psilocybin-induced contraction of nearby visual space. Agents and Actions
Everything You Wanted To Know About Microdosing (But Were Afraid To Ask). Huffingtonpost.com
Harman, W. W.; McKim, R. H.; Mogar, R. E.; Fadiman, J.; Stolaroff, M. J. (1966). “Psychedelic agents in creative problem-solving: A pilot study”. Psychological Reports.
McKenna, T (1992). Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge. Bantam Books (N.Y. et al.).
Disclaimer: The content on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultative with healthcare professionals. If you are seeking medical advice or treatment, we encourage you to consult a medical professional or healthcare provider.

 Visit The Alchemist’s Kitchen website for consultation on micro-dosing with Lou Sagar.

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Shroom Coffee

Lion's Mane, cocoa, turmeric, chicory, coconut, salt. Serves hot or iced with your choice of oat or almond milk.

Our Shroom Coffee contains Lion's Mane, a shaggy mushroom often referred to as "The Smart Mushroom" long used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, research suggests that it may help alleviate depression and anxiety.

Lion's Mane contains compounds that stimulate brain cell growth and protect them from damage. It has also been shown to protect against heart disease, relieve mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduce inflammation.

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Green Power

Reishi, matcha, dandelion powder, dates, salt. Serves hot or iced with your choice of oat or almond milk.
Reishi mushroom is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia. Studies have shown that Reign can boost the immune system, by increasing white blood cells and lymphocytes, which help fight infections. It has also been shown to reduce fatigue, boost energy and depression.

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Pumpkin Spiced Chaï

Chaga, cocoa, cardamom, pumpkin spice, ginger, pepper, dates. Serves hot or iced with your choice of oat or almond milk.

Chaga is a type of fungus that grows mainly on the bark of birch trees in cold climate. Taking Chaga is believed to release medicinal properties.

Medicinal mushrooms are rich in bioactive compounds that have been shown to have antioxidant and immune-posting properties. Chaga may help to reduce oxidative stress, lower "bad" cholesterol and support immune function.

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Inside Beauty - Coming back soon!

Chaga, red beet powder, lotus powder, dates, salt. Serves hot or iced with your choice of oat or almond milk.

Medicinal mushrooms are rich in bioactive compounds that have been shown to have antioxidant and immune-posting properties. Chaga may help to reduce oxidative stress, lower "bad" cholesterol and support immune function.

Our mushrooms blends are created in partnership with The Alchemist's Kitchen in NYC. Always made with organic ingredients, care and precise knowledge. Below read more about the power of microdosing and medicinal mushrooms magic.

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year

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Dearest Veggie Lovers, from our whole team of Pioneers: Wishing you a Happy, Delicious and Healthy New Year!

Thank you for making 2023 such a fantastic year,

This January will be our ninth year in NYC. What a year 2023 was! We embraced all the opportunities that came our way, turning them
into successes — and we couldn’t have done it without you all.

Some of our proudest moments:

Opening a location in Bryant Park  On June 8th, we opened our fifth NYC location. A New York dream of ours became reality, and continues to push us to grow every day.

We served over 350,000 orders  We’re grateful for how many of you chose to eat with us this year. With every bite, you’re helping emit less CO2. You ordered more than 50,000 bowls of Spicy Chili Sin Carne, saving over 50,000kg of carbon emissions compared to a conventional chili.

We launched 8 new dishes, 3 new desserts and 7 new drinks  From delicious seasonal salads to the out-of-this-world ratatouille, we kept innovating in the kitchen. But you were also very creative this year, creating 37,000 DIY bowls — almost each one unique!

Last but not least: more than ever, we stayed focused on the quality of our food and on creating the best possible experience for you.
Our welcoming team of Pioneers makes sure of it, one meal at a time.

Le Botaniste is the future of food. We’re connecting people, communities and you to an accessible and conscious food evolution — and for many more years!

See you soon in our restaurants!

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