I’m going to be straight up with you: It’s damn difficult to stay healthy in the northeast San Fernando Valley. It’s one thing to say you’re going to change your diet, cut out much of the crap we’ve been raised on and fully devote to a lifestyle that will positively affect your quality of life. It’s another thing when you’re heading home from the gym, thinking about dinner, and you’ve now passed two Del Tacos, four McDonalds’ and six 7-Elevens. And picking up that kale or flax seed for the recipe you were really going to make means trekking 10 miles in the opposite direction.
Keeping healthy is not an easy choice and, as we know, the situation is compounded in areas where 24-hour drive-thrus are more prevalent than bookstores. But, slowly, I see a glimmer of hope here and there, and this weekend I visited one very promising place, Flor de Lima. FDL is a raw juice bar in San Fernando offering 100 percent pure, unpasteurized juices, in addition to salads and sandwiches.
I tried their green juice, a mix of cucumber, celery, green apples, parsley, lime and ginger, and a salad with greens and blueberries that tasted fresher than anything I’ve bought at Gelson’s or Whole Foods.
Flor de Lima is certified farmers market vendor, so if you can’t stop by the eat-in San Fernando location, you can catch them Wednesdays at the Kaiser Panorama City market or Saturdays in North Hollywood. Check out their complete farmers market vending schedule here.
Flor de Lima is located at 1431 Truman Street in San Fernando. It’s just past Workman Street if you’re heading north on Truman toward Hubbard Street.
Feature photo of three green juices courtesy of farmersmarketjuice.com.