Good-for-you grinds on the go

A fast food lunch does not have to mean waiting in line at the drive-thru while trying to ignore the upcoming calorie counts and ingredients not always known to nature.

 Inside the Vim ‘n Vigor store in Lihu‘e is an extraordinary selection of locally made, good-for-you grinds — all wrapped up to go.

“You can actually eat healthy and organic and yummy,” Keith Sanderson, a baker at Island Sol Bakery, said. He was dropping off trays of ready-made sandwiches on artisan breads right before the store’s busy lunch hour one day last week.

A favorite? Wild salmon burgers on organic focaccia bread.

Store manager Malissia Walker said the garbanzo bean burger with thick chunks of avocado on the side also is a popular take-away lunch. Kaua‘i Chef Jill Kimie Sadoyoma makes them for the store.

You can also find a surprisingly wide array of “live” foods. (Note to foodies: the “raw” food movement is now the “live” food movement.) To better retain nutrients, these foods are not cooked above 105 degrees.

Vim ‘n Vigor carries a selection of “live” burritos and even “live” brownies made with dates, macadamia nuts and cocoa.

Don’t let the health food set fool you. They love rich, fattening, oversized cookies, too.

Locally made cookies big enough to share are located right below the organic candy bar shelves. You can find baskets of cinnamon macadamia nut rolls near the check-out counter.

Don’t miss the artisan bread selection from Kaua‘i’s Midnight Bear bakery that are carried by the store. There are gluten-free breads, too.

Vim ‘n Vigor is located at 3-3122 Kuhio Highway #A9. For more information, calll 245-9053.

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