Healeo // Capitol Hill // Juice Bar & Smoothies // Lunch // $$
1520 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Paleoness: 3 / 5
Satisfaction: 5 / 5
A powerhouse of organic, fresh-pressed juices, fresh smoothies, and “superfood bowls,” Healeo in Capitol Hill offers an extensive menu of delicious items. A bright, welcoming atmosphere includes huge tables, and a space that’s great for meeting up with a friend for lunch or camping out with your laptop for a while and working! Healeo sells to-go juices and snacks, and you can even buy tea, a range of milks (coconut and hemp, for example), and more. If you’re in need of a burst of energy or something sweet and paleo-compliant, then you’re in luck!
What did you order?
- Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad (avocado, carrot, kale, cabbage, cucumber, beets, yams, pepper, onion, lemon ginger balsamic vinaigrette with hemp seeds, chia seeds, lime chipotle dressing); without quinoa.
- Cranberry Smoothie (banana, acerola, lime, kale, cranberry juice, cayenne, apple juice)
How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they?
There are dozens of smoothies, juices, teas, and a few salad bowls that are either already paleo or easily customizable.
- Green Drink Smoothie (kale, celery, cabbage, cucumber, parsley, apple)
- Strawberry Fields Smoothie (strawberry, pear, maca, apple, ginger, coconut nectar)
- Acai-Oxidant Smoothie (acai, pomegranate, blueberry, strawberry, apple)
- Pink Paradise Smoothie (coconut meat, strawberry, mango, orange, turmeric, lime)
- Fresh Whole Young Coconut Bowl (whole young coconut with coconut nectar)
- …and several blended juices. You can even customize your own!
How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? Examples?
It seems that Healeo caters to a vegetarian/vegan audience — there is a lot of soy and agave in their dishes, as well as grains. So food-wise, if it’s not paleo already, you’ll have to customize pretty heavily.
- Yogi Bowl (quinoa, kale, carrots, cabbage, apple cider, orange juice, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, beets, lemon balsamic and goji lemon ginger vinaigrettes, kale chips, and goat cheese); omit quinoa and goat cheese.
- Acai Bowl (acai, banana, soy milk, hemp granola, two choices of superfood toppings); substitute housemade coconut milk for soy milk; omit hemp granola.
How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet?
When we asked about the “lime and chipotle marinade dressing,” we were told that it has “lime, chipotle, olive oil and balsamic.” But when we received it, it definitely looked like there was another ingredient — probably mayo. To try and get some more answers about the ingredients, we inquired on their Facebook page. We were told the mayo was a “vegenaise,” but we couldn’t find the brand they shared online. We were assured that it didn’t have dairy, gluten, or soy, but beyond that, it wasn’t easy to find a clear answer to our questions. That being said, their dressing it delicious and if you’re not SUPER strict, then try a little!
How satisfied were you with the meal?
We give the salad a 5; it was filled with fresh, crisp ingredients and was a very generous size. The avocado on top was perfect. We also ordered the Cranberry Smoothie, which received a 5. It was slightly tart (in the best way!) and absolutely delicious!
Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
If someone is in search of a great organic juice or smoothie, then yes. But otherwise we would warn that there aren’t many food options for us paleo folk. We wish that they listed their ingredients more thoroughly; we figure that if it’s a place that caters to the health-conscious, this information should be more readily available. Especially for those with allergies and serious health concerns.
Could you eat here enjoyably without telling anyone you’re paleo? (Not that you’d want to!)