LYFE Kitchen Kicks Off Spring with Flavorful Fare that Proves Nutritious Food Can Be Fun, Too

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Executive Chefs Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner Continue to Create Recipes That Break Conventions When It Comes to Making Delicious, Good For You Food



New Menu Items Summed Up in One Word: LYFE-alicious

IRVINE, Calif., April 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Buffalo Chicken Strips. Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries. Pizzadillawich. These indulgent sounding dishes that would make any mouth water are now just as good for you as they are delicious, thanks to LYFE Kitchen. The unique lifestyle restaurant, launched in 2012, continues to fuel the "good food movement" one bite at a time with innovative and unexpected fresh food combinations that provide people with a food experience they can feel great about.

"The LYFE Kitchen mission is to ensure you Love Your Food Everyday, so we are constantly challenging ourselves to create dishes that get people excited about eating well," said Art Smith, Executive Chef of LYFE Kitchen. "This spring we are introducing some traditionally indulgent items that meet our taste and wellness standards for flavor, ingredient and nutrient content."

Among the new menu items patrons will see as of April 2nd in LYFE Kitchen's Chicago and three California restaurants are:

  • Pizzadillawich (a stuffed pizza-like sandwich with melted cheese, fresh roasted vegetables and fresh basil, served alongside hot tomato sauce for dipping, and shhh, it's gluten free),
  • Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries (served with a spicy chipotle aioli and topped with freshly grated parmesan, freshly chopped garlic and fresh herbs ala "Truffle Fries"),
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap (featuring four super foods including avocado, black beans, Greek yogurt and kale, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla),
  • Quinoa Crunch Bowl (protein-rich, plant-based dish with quinoa, black rice, hummus, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and broccoli, drizzled with spicy fireman's hot sauce and chipotle vinaigrette).

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Chef Jeremy Bringardner, LYFE Kitchen's Executive Corporate Chef, says the new items are a continuation of the restaurant's philosophy that eating well doesn't mean having to compromise on flavor or fun.

"I would be at a friend's house or at a wine bar seeing people enjoy "bar type" foods and say to myself 'we can make that type of fun fare delicious AND good for you,' " said Bringardner. "For example, we use fresh ingredients; we bake, not fry, our foods; we like to use an array of super foods and we offer many that are plant based and gluten free. And, of course, they all taste great."

Bringardner adds that as LYFE Kitchen expands its restaurants in Chicagoland, as well as opening new locations this year in Colorado, Nevada, New York and Texas, he and his chef team are always thinking out of the box to make each restaurant a unique experience – like vertical farming to bring more local ingredients to urban areas.

LYFE-alicious Cool Beverage Offerings: Of course, no meal is complete without a beverage, and at LYFE Kitchen what people drink is as important as what they eat. The spring menu also includes new, cool, refreshing beverages that complement menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner including the Mango Cucumber Lime Smoothie (frozen chunks of mango and cucumber blended with organic apple juice, fresh raw ginger and fresh squeezed lime juice), the Banilla Shake (made with frozen bananas and Madagascar vanilla and sweetened with house-made date syrup), and the Ginger Pomegranate Lemonade (high antioxidant drink made from raw ginger, pure pomegranate juice and fresh squeezed lemon juice).

About LYFE Kitchen

LYFE Kitchen is committed to the idea that great-tasting food can also be good for you, affordable and convenient. With choices to please anyone, from flexitarian to vegetarian, omnivore to vegan, our celebrated chefs have developed a menu that is as delicious as it is inspiring. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible with the highest standards of quality and adhering to the highest level of socially responsible practices, LYFE Kitchen is creating a new category of lifestyle restaurant. Visit www.lyfekitchen.com for more.

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CONTACT: Michael Donahue (312) 981-1220 ext. 1232 (630) 441-8080 mike.donahue@lyfekitchen.comSource:LYFE Kitchen