Renovated Juice Bar: Come in for some rejuvenation!

The Newly Renovated Eternity Juice Bar

Need something healthy on the go? Eternity Juice Bar has you covered. Stop in for a grab and go lunch that’s both nutritious and delicious. Now serving hot dishes along with the salads.

Choose your own creation! You pick the greens and the toppings and we’ll give you the salad of your dreams. Quick and easy lunch. Eating healthy has never been easier!

Brand New: Hot Lunches to Go

It’s cold outside. Stop by to warm up from the inside out. Now serving hot meals to go: Veggie Stir Fried Rice, Cabbage and Potatoes, Collard Greens, Vegan Beef and Broccoli, and Sweet and Sour Vegan Chicken

Your Health is Your Wealth

Fall into Soup Season

Nothing takes the chill out of the air like a bowl of soup. At Original Soul Vegetarian we make our soup fresh daily with only the best ingredients. Everything is 100% plant-based and chemical-free, which means that our soups are as good for your body as they taste in your mouth. This week only: Buy one soup, get one free. Fall into soup season!

Our Daily Soup Specials:

Monday: Vegetable tomato

Tuesday: Split pea

Wednesday: Vegetable noodle (pictured above)

Thursday: Brown lentil

Friday: Orange lenti

Saturday & Sunday: Vegan chilli

Falafel: Delicious and Nutritious

Sandwich of the Week: Falafel

This week only: enjoy a free side salad when you order the falafel sandwich. This Mediterranean inspired sandwich will be sure to delight your taste buds and fuel your body with the nutrition it needs. Falafel, made with chickpeas, is packed with protein, low in fat, and high in fiber. Protein is important in cell growth and functioning and helps build muscle and keep them healthy. In addition to being a great source of protein, falafel has very little fat and no saturated fat. Falafel, high in fiber, is also great for your digestive system. Both delicious and nutritious, eat up and enjoy!

5 Interesting Facts About Vegetarianism/Veganism

There are many interesting facts about vegetarianism and veganism but here are five for now. Eat well, live well. Your health is your wealth.

  1. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA) a vegetarian or vegan diet is healthier than one that includes meat. Vegetarians have lower body mass indices, fewer deaths from heart disease, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower rates of type 2 diabetes, and lower rates of prostate and colon cancer
  2. In 2012, the LA City Council declared all future Mondays in the city to be “Meatless Mondays” in response to the environmental impact of meat consumption in the United States
  3. An acre of land can produce more food for vegetarians/vegans than meat-eaters. It also can yield ten times more plant protein than meat protein.
  4. Livestock has a great impact on the environment both impacting green house gas emissions and water usage.
  5. The twenty-year “China Study” found that countries that ate primarily vegetarian were healthier than those who had meat-based eating practices.

TGIF: Great Eats at the Restaurant and Juice Bar!

Happy Friday Everyone! Check out today’s specials…

Eternity Juice Bar

Dish of the Day is Bean Curd Salad. $1 off if you order it today!

Original Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Dinner Special:

Vegan lasagna, vegan style breaded “fish” (battered bean curd), steamed broccoli, and kale greens

Ongoing Restaurant Promo

Follow us on twitter or instagram and get an order of barbecue delights for FREE with your meal. One per follower. Offer valid through Friday August 15, 2014.

Is Meat the New Tobacco?

After decades of Big Tobacco marketing cigarettes as glamorous, the tide has finally turned. Smoking is generally recognized to be linked to all kinds of negative health outcomes including a shorter life expectancy, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. But Big Tobacco isn’t the only one. The meat industry is responsible for just as many deaths and poor health outcomes as smoking.

The three most fatal diseases in America are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. All three have been found to be linked to the overconsumption of animal products. Not surprisingly, vegetarians and vegans have significantly lower rates of these diseases than meat eaters. Doctors have been able to not only prevent, but also reverse, heart disease in patients who switch to vegetarianism or veganism. In addition, doctors and researchers found that better eating habits (less animal products) and exercise are just as helpful at preventing cancer as quitting smoking.

Your health is your wealth. This is why we serve food as medicine.

Seitan: Satisfying Vegans, Vegetarians, and Omnivores Alike

Contrary to popular misconception, being a vegan isn’t just about consuming salads. It means eating full, balanced, plant-based and animal-free meals. When done right, meat substitutes (such as seitan) can satisfy even the omnivores among us. Original Soul Vegetarian has been lauded by the Chicagoist and Windy City Live for being one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants here in Chicago. We have also been named “Best Soul Food” by the Chicago Reader for three years running.

Being a vegan soul food restaurant, we don’t shy away from the barbecue. We cook up some seitan and serve up delicious sandwiches such as the Down South BBQ Twist pictured below.

So what is this thing called seitan? And what is the difference between that and meat?

Seitan is a plant-based protein derived from wheat gluten. Meat is a protein that comes from animals. Calorie-wise, seitan is similar to lean meats. It also provides about the same amount of protein as lean meat. However, unlike meat, seitan is not a “complete” protein because it doesn’t have all of the necessary amino acids. Soy beans are one of the only “complete proteins” that are vegan. So finish off your meal with our soy ice cream and know that you are nourishing your body and your soul.

Combating Climate Change with Veganism

Most people have gotten on board with global warming being a real phenomenon (although the onset of the polar vortex brought about some debates and doubts). But with the acknowledgement of the problem, there’s been a lot of discussion about how to address it. One issue that scientists often point to is a person’s “carbon footprint” (aka the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are indirectly or directly caused by one’s lifestyle). Pollution is often quoted as a major issue and drivers have been encouraged to carpool, take public transit, or bike. But car pollution isn’t the only factor in a person’s carbon footprint. What foods we eat play a major role in that as well.

Vegans choose to eat plant-based and animal-free foods for many reasons. Some people go vegan because it’s a cruelty-free way to live. Others choose it because of food allergies/intolerances or health reasons. Others might consider becoming vegan because it is better for the environment. One scientific study conducted by Oxford University indicated that the carbon footprint of meat eaters is double that of vegetarians or vegans. The reason for this disparity is due to the amount of energy it takes to raise livestock. Pollution is a smaller problem than meat consumption.

So you actually reduce your carbon footprint by eating vegan. Luckily, there are so many great plant-based food options and meat and dairy substitutions. A seitan Sloppy Joe sounds pretty good right about now…

Difference Between Being a Vegan and a Vegetarian

Original Soul Vegetarian has been serving delicious vegan soul food before “being vegan” was even a thing in Chicago. For thirty-three years we’ve been pioneering and providing vegan meals and beverages here on the South Side. What, you might ask, does being vegan truly mean? Although vegetarianism and veganism have gotten lots of media attention and become vogue, many people don’t know the difference. So what does it really mean to be vegetarian versus vegan?

Vegetarians don’t eat meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Vegans, on the other, hand don’t consume or use any animal products or by-products. So in addition to not eating meat, poultry, fish, or seafood, vegans also refrain from dairy and, often, honey as well.

Why do people choose vegetarianism or veganism? Some people eat vegetarian or vegan for health reasons (reducing the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, etc). Others make the decision to be vegan for dietary reasons (most of the population cannot digest milk and many people have intolerances and/or allergies to dairy). Still other people make the decision for ethical or religious reasons (believing that veganism is compassionate and humane, environmentally friendly, or in accordance with their personal religious doctrine).

Despite what many meat-eaters might say, you can get all the nutrients and vitamins that you need to live a healthy, productive life as a vegan or vegetarian. Considering veganism? Check in tomorrow for five reasons to go vegan.