Posted by Lyndi
How many times have you thought to yourself, “Man, I wish there was a healthier alternative for lunch that is quick AND good for you.”
There is such a place.
Did you know that Cooks Natural Market has an organic salad and hot bar available for lunch each day? It’s true, they do.
Pro: Everything is organic and natural. That means everything that is available each day is available for purchase at the store, too.
Pros: You can do your shopping over lunch… and grab your lunch to go.
Pros: Hot soups are available each day and a cup is $2.99. Again, even these can be wrapped to go.
Pros: If chicken tortilla soup is available the day you go, YOU MUST BUY IT. It’s that good.
Pros: Food offerings change every day. Salad options are the same: leafy green lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, olives, etc. There is always a brown rice offering and usually a chicken and beef entrée.
Pros: How does the food taste? It tastes like you are doing something good for your body. And I mean that in a good way. While it may not be the ooey-gooey comfort foods that you will find at a chain restaurant (remember, they add bad things to the food so it tastes like that), the food has such a clean taste and it reminds me of something either my mother would cook for us growing up, or something I would cook for dinner. In a nutshell: eat this if you want to make sure you are eating healthy food. If you want to load your body up with greasy fast-foods, drive on by. Wait… actually… if you want to load your body up with greasy fast-foods, you OUGHT TO try this out instead! Do your body proud.
Cons: Cooks is not the easiest place to get to. I work in Lowell and it takes me less than 15 minutes to get there. So I will combine lunch when I shop for my groceries. See how efficient I am.
Cons: Even though Cooks is a natural food store AND the salad/hot bar is organic, I find it odd that the to-go containers are Styrofoam.
And there you have it. Let me know what you think!
Cooks Natural Market in located in historic downtown Rogers at 726 W Walnut St. (corner of W. Walnut and 71B/8th Street). Hours are M-F 9:00-6:00 and Saturdays 9:00-5:00.
ORGANIC SALAD/HOT BAR AVAILABLE 11-2 every day. I would recommend not getting there much earlier than 11:30, since it is homemade on the premises, they are not always prompt in getting the food out by 11am. Also, the later you go, the food may be gone. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.