Conscious Bite, Week 1: Proper Eats

Preface #1: What’s up, guys? So I have some official news: As of ten days ago I began working as a content developer for Conscious Box, an awesome start-up that specializes in sending out monthly boxes full of surprise samples from various environmentally friendly companies. Some examples? Skout Trail Bars, kale chips, sulfate-free beauty products, and all kinds of other cool supplements, household products, and snacks. We also have a Conscious Marketplace (an online Whole Foods if you will) where you can find all sorts of ethically manufactured beauty/food/household products to check out. 

Preface #2: Now that I’ve explained to you in a nutshell what my company does, I want to introduce to you all a fun little creative side project that one of my coworkers and I have started to work on. My coworker, Shane is #instafamous (to put it in hashtag form) and runs our company Instagram @ConsciousBox as well as his own side hustle, @ConsciousBite- a fantastic Instagram account devoted to documenting ‘conscious eats,’ in other words: Plenty of food porn to not feel guilty about.

We decided to partner up my blog and his Instagram and spend one lunch break per week dining at restaurants here in Portland which advocate and celebrate living consciously through their food and business practices.

Our first target? Proper Eats in the St. John’s neighborhood of Portland:

Menu: A Synopsis of Proper Eats' mission and history, which you can also read on their site here

Menu: A Synopsis of Proper Eats’ mission and history, which you can also read on their site here

Proper Eats is an organic market and cafe committed to providing affordable, healthy, delicious to the Portland community and provides a plethora of enticing vegan and vegetarian options. Some of the choices? Breakfast, salads, wraps, innovative small plates, and entrees such as Raw Fajitas and a vegan rendition of Shepherd’s Pie.

We decided to go with two wraps and split them both:

Pesto & Veggie Wrap: Lightly steamed veggies, quinoa, and tempeh tossed with hazelnut-arugula pesto in an organic whole wheat tortilla

Pesto & Veggie Wrap: Lightly steamed veggies, quinoa, and tempeh tossed with hazelnut-arugula pesto in an organic whole wheat tortilla

Tabouli Wrap: Spinach, cucumbers, carrots, red onion, kraut and miso-tahini wrapped in an organic whole wheat tortilla.

Tabouli Wrap: Spinach, cucumbers, carrots, red onion, kraut and miso-tahini wrapped in an organic whole wheat tortilla.

Both options were absolutely delectable; the pesto wrap came warm whereas the tabouli one cold however it would be difficult to claim a favorite between these two. Both were incredibly fresh and texturally exciting whether it be the crunch of the veggies or the nutty textures of the bulgur and quinoa. Our delightful waitress also brought over some hot sauces and a house made peanut sauce for necessary dippage purposes.

Shane showing off his wrap and kombucha smoothie

Shane showing off his wrap and kombucha smoothie

77% unflattering (but necessary) action shot

77% unflattering (but necessary) action shot

We also each ordered a refreshing and sweet Kombucha smoothie which I PROMISE you will love even if you are not a Kombucha fan. Truly the perfect accompaniment to such a healthy lunch on an 86 degree day.

Instagram Shot

Instagram Shot

Conclusion: This little neighborhood cafe is a fantastic lunch choice if you’re looking for something tasty, affordable, and conscious- and hey, as you all know I’m a frequent meat-eater and still could be perfectly content eating vegan food of this sort on a more frequent basis. A lovely lunchtime selection whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, carnivorous, or have just about any other dietary preference/restrictions.

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Links to check out:

Follow ConsciousBite on Instagram

Follow Conscious Box on Instagram

Like Conscious Box on Facebook

Conscious Box

Proper Eats

Also feel free to give us suggestions in the comments for where you’d like to see us go next (we’re in the midst of compiling a list)!

One thought on “Conscious Bite, Week 1: Proper Eats

  1. Congratulations on the new gig, and finding another food friend to eat with! I’m surprised that the Kombucha smoothie actually looks appetizing instead of “chewy”. I think you know what I mean.
    The action shots of each of you eating are endearing :)

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