…this famous quote by Hippocrates sums it up in a tasty little raw nutshell. The food we eat will either promote health or promote disease…it’s our choice. We at Ezra’s believe in eating and serving only the highest vibration food. No one ingredient comes from a can. Everything we serve is made fresh and with the highest quality ingredients…many from local farmers.
Most of us eat three times a day. That’s three chances every day to heal and feel awesome. And when you feel awesome, you DO awesome.
Check out & get enlightened about our favorite foods & herbs that we use in our food and herbal tonics at Ezra’s and read up on why we are so devoted to local, organic, non-gmo, vegan and gluten-free.
Apple * You know the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away and we think this is true! Apples are a wonderful source of fiber, hydration and slow-release sugars that improve heart health and regulate the body’s blood sugar levels. The skin in the apple also protects our bones and the pectin reduces cholesterol.
Apricots * Native to eastern Asia, this fruit is low in calories, yet high in fiber and key nutrients like A, C and E. Amazing for your skin, eating the whole fruit works as well as the apricot kernel oil. This orange beauty is also known to have anti-cancer qualities.
Avocado * The fruit with the highest fat content, the avocado is rich in HEALTHY fats and oils that help lower blood pressure, lubricate joints and is very anti-inflammatory, helping to lower the risk of all disease. Avocados have been shown to dramatically boost fertility!
Banana * Rich in potassium, which helps maintain blood pressure, bananas also are natural antacids and soothing to an upset stomach or ulcers. This fruit is ideal for people on the go!
Blueberry * Known well for their antioxidants, blueberries are also antibacterial and can help fight off stomach bugs. They promote prostate health, prevent eye damage and memory and are helpful in treating urinary tract infections
Cherry * Cherries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are very usefully in the prevention and treatment of gout. They also contain melatonin, which helps treat insomnia and jetlag – sounds like a travelers best friend!
Citrus * Vitamin C content is very high in all citrus. Regular consumption reduces the risk of heart disease, kidney stones and infections of all kinds. They help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones (especially lemons) and help relieve indigestion
Coconut * Beneficial to the brain, heart and stomach, the healthy fat content of the coconut is also antibacterial, balances blood sugar and provides a host of minerals and nutrients to the body. The water inside the coconut was used in WWII as plasma transfusions, as it is a perfect substitute for human blood plasma!
Date * One of the oldest trees cultivated by man, this immune-boosting fruit is usually sold dried in the mid-west. Dates are high in potassium, a great source of fiber, protein and minerals like selenium, zinc and magnesium. They support the heart, digestion and are a traditional remedy for colds and sore throats.
Fig * Both fresh and dried, figs are beneficial to blood pressure levels, maintaining a healthy digestive system and improving bone health. Oh, and it’s also known as the fruit of the Gods
Mango * The national fruit of India, mangoes are high in antioxidants, boost the immune system, protect eye sight and aid digestion. They also help protect against free-radical damage (anti-aging) An average size mango contains two thirds of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C!
Peach * Sweet with a little tang, and so soft, peaches are so lush and so fun to eat. Peaches help lower the risk for diabetes and heart disease and are amazingly anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and will help give your skin the “glow”
Pear * This native Asian fruit is a rich source of beta-carotene, B vitamins and minerals like copper and potassium. Most of it’s fiber is insoluble, making it a gentle laxative. Pears also help to lift your mood and help relive pain from arthritis and gout
Plum * A member of the rose family, plums have amazing antioxidant and detoxifying properties. The dried version (prunes) are known for getting things moving in potty department – staying regular is necessary for vibrant health.
Pomegranate * Used as a folk medicine for thousands of years, the juice supports a healthy prostate and elasticity of the arteries. The antioxidants reduce inflammation and the antiviral properties of the juice are effective against dental plaque.
Raspberry * These red, black and golden berries help regulate metabolism, protect against cancer and the leaves can be used during pregnancy to strengthen the uterus in preparation for birth!
Strawberry * One of the most popular fruits in America (very important to eat organic!!) are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, vitamin B and many more. Strawberries help strengthen the heart and digestive system and neutralizes cancer-causing chemicals in the body
Algea * Yes, we eat algea We’re talking about super versions like chlorella, spirulina and AFA. This group of aquatic plants are rich in protein, amino acids, and a host of vitamins and minerals, helping to encourage growth of good bacteria in the gut, detox the body and fight infection.
Astragalus * A tonic herb that can help you raise your energy levels, astragalus is full of antioxidants and helps a natural antibiotic – perfect during the cold months to help protect from colds and flu!
Basil * A great remedy for headache and insomnia, basil is well known in Italian cuisine. The oil in basil has an anti-inflammatory effect on joints and the digestive tract.
Cacao * Pure raw chocolate has been shown to lower the risk of cancer and stroke and lowers blood pressure. It has also been shown to be helpful in soothing a sore throat and easing digestion upsets. Cacao is also known as an amazing energy booster and heart opener
Chamomile * A natural sedative, this herb is a wonderful calming and anti-anxiety remedy. It can also sooth an upset stomach, colic and teething for babies and helps lower immune compromising stress hormones
Cilantro * This beauty helps remove heavy metals from the body, aids digestion, fights nausea and balances blood sugar levels…also a known cancer fighter.
Dandelion * One of the most widely recognized herbs, the dandelion is sadly seen as a weed to many. Making it’s annual debut in spring, this herb helps the liver detoxify and cleanse.
Dill * A natural diuretic, dill helps prevent bladder infections and helps with stomach upsets, colic and helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Elderberry * All parts of the elderberry can be used medicinally. The fruits and flowers are most commonly used for their immune-boosting properties and diuretic effects.
Goji berry * Part of the nightshade family, goji berries are one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants on the planet, benefiting heart health, muscle health and vision. They also promote good sleep and memory.
Hemp * The seeds and oil are a wonderful source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, crucial to vibrant health. Both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, hemp improves skin, brain function, helping to prevent dementia.
Honey * By honey, we mean RAW honey. The pasteurized version does not offer the same amazing benefits. Honey has a plethora of medicinal properties, including the ability to heal the skin and ulcers, help suppress respiratory infections and can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. Honey is antibacterial and rich in antioxidants. There isn’t much this golden sweetness can’t do!
Milk Thistle * Liver support! This herb helps to heal the liver and support its ability to metabolize – a perfect herb during cleanses and detox to help the body flush out toxins stored in our cells and organs.
Mint * Relieves indigestion, irritable bowl syndrome and soothes an upset stomach, mint can be both invigorating and mildly sedative, depending on what your body needs (many herbs are cool like that). It can also help relieve headaches.
Mulberry * Chef Audrey’s favorite berry, these super berries are an ancient fruit with a long tradition of being used as a tonic for the whole body. Amazingly high in iron and protein for a berry, the mulberry is wonderful for pregnant and nursing mothers. The berry is wonderful for digestion, lowers fevers, promotes eye health and can be used as a sedative when made into a tea…a true medicinal plant!
Oregano * A powerful antioxidant, oregano’s oils have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria and candida in the body. It can also be used to ease menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. It’s an amazing cold and flu remedy as well.
Parsley * A diuretic that helps relieve congestion and inflammation in the kidneys and bladder, it also helps improve digestion (which is why it’s famous for being a garnish at steakhouses). It also helps support healthy bones.
Rose * The petals of the rose contain oils that help calm the nervous system and also help fight urinary tract infections as well as digestion upsets. Rose is antibacterial and help decrease inflammation in the body, especially for joint pain.
Rosemary * A potent antioxidant, this herb helps reduce inflammation, lowers the risk of liver disease, asthma, and heart disease. It can also help fight gum disease when used as a tea and can ease stomach upset.
Sage * Used to help regulate the female reproductive system, sage is helpful in treating heavy periods, and relieving menopausal symptoms. It has been shown to help improve memory, even with those who have dementia.
Seaweeds * There are many types of seaweed and all possess much of the same nutritional benefits. This water wonder is rich in iodine, which nourishes the thyroid and necessary for a healthy metabolism. They help remove toxins, protect the blood vessels and fight the affects of stress.
Schisandra * One of the best beauty herbs on the planet! Regular consumption of this herb will shine your inner glow outward through smooth silky skin. It also helps improve physical , mental and spiritual energy and is a renowned aphrodisiac for men and women
Thyme * A wonderful cold remedy, thyme can help loosen and expel mucus. It is wonderful at helping to aid in digestion and can used to treat sore throat and gum disease.
Wheatgrass * Wheatgrass is the supreme detoxifier and beauty tonic. Consisting of 70% Chlorophyll, it supports the immune system, improves digestion, builds blood and lowers cholesterol.
Almonds * Help lower cholesterol, and are a great source of zinc, magnesium and potassium. Almonds help keep skin healthy and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Beans * Beans help maintain digestive health, lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels. They contain protein and fiber and are great sources of iron.
Brown rice * A cholesterol lowering grain, is a great source of dietary fiber and helps maintain blood sugar levels.
Buckwheat * Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber which help to lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar levels and keep the gut healthy.
Cashews * A great source of fats that protect against cancer and heart disease, cashews also contribute to bone health and supple skin.
Chiaseeds * Off the charts in protein and Omega 3’s chia helps lower undesirable fats and cholesterol that can cause heart disease and stroke. Also, high in calcium and magnesium chia promotes healthy bones and teeth – smile!
Flaxseeds * Flax is a great source of mucilaginous fiber that can lower unhealthy cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels. Ground flax is a wonderful source of fiber, helping the body stay regular.
Hazelnuts * A heart healthy nut that promotes radiant skin and hair, builds blood and protects our body from free radical damage.
Oats * An amazing nerve soother, oats also make the body juicy, helping nursing moms with milk production and raising libido. Oats also help sooth digestion and prevent diabetes.
Quinoa * Easily digestible, quinoa is a complete source of protein and very anti-inflammatory and a heart healthy herb.
Sesame * Helps improve the condition of the skin, this seed is a great source of both protein and calcium. Sesame has also been shown to protect the liver and lower blood pressure.
Sunflower * An excellent source of protein and vitamin E, which promotes healthy hair and skin as well as being anti-cancer.
Walnuts * Helps lower unhealthy cholesterol, reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease and helps to lift depression.
Beets * Buddha’s got the beet! We heart beets for so many reasons; this root veg is a strong supporter of your liver and kidneys, which keep your body safe from toxins and cleanses your blood, strengthens the heart and cools inflammation in the body..which is the root of all disease…score!
Broccoli * Who doesn’t love eating a baby tree? This green goddess helps the body fight cancer, helps flush the body of toxins and waste, helps the bones and immune system stay strong and the skin glow. What a treasure!
Cabbage * Ah cabbage ~ another super versatile veggie. We actually love using it as a cup to hold quinoa or brown rice salads. Who doesn’t love a cup that you can eat?! Cabbage also happens to be super high in vitamin C and is also anti-cancer, is known to help with depression and defends against colds and flu
Carrots * Nature’s sweet veggie snack. Carrots also happen to help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Their claim to fame though is how much they nourish the eyes ~ they help us see better!
Cauliflower * Such a versatile veggie! We’ve made mashed “potatoes” with these, you can also make “rice” and it’s amazing for adding to salads. This veggie helps with weight loss, aids the body in fighting cancer and heart disease, helps to ease constipation and even helps the body balance hormones!
Chili Pepper * antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, balances blood sugar, manages weight by suppressing appetite, helps the body detox and helps regulate blood sugar
Cucumber * high in electrolytes, cukes give you energy, help keep your skin clear & bright, promotes a healthy gut, lowers cholesterol and contains plant hormones that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease…yes please!
Garlic * No kitchen is complete without garlic in our opinion, this amazing herb/veg is Chef Audrey’s number one immune supporter…anyone in the house that feels under the weather gets a hefty dose of raw garlic, which is anti-fungal, viral and bacterial…killing the bad stuff and supporting healthy vibrant immune function, garlic is also an amazing heart health veg and is known for it’s anti-cancer properties
Ginger * Another of Chef Audrey’s kitchen first aid foods…wonderful for tummy upsets, alleviates nausea, anti-inflammatory and can ease symptoms of colds, flu, headaches and menstrual pains
Kale * This veggie has gotten so much great press over the past 10 years or so and for good reason. Kale is off the charts in muscle building protein and calcium, it’s helpful for detoxifying the body. It’s also super high in antioxidants and iron as well as a ton of other nutrients and minerals. We use A LOT of kale at the cafe (much of it we grow at our farm) because we love how good it is for our customers!
Lettuce * lettuce count the ways this veggie is awesome There are so many types of lettuce, but they are all an amazing source of fiber, helping you to stay regular, diuretic, helping the body release toxins we take in every day just becuase we live on this planet, high in magnesium, which helps you chill and relax…ya mon!
Onions * An amazing immune booster, the onion has a long history of being used in times of cold and flu. It also helps regulate blood sugar and keeps the heart healthy.
Tomatoes * rich source of beta-carotene and lycopene, which reduces the risk of prostate and breast cancers, boosts immunity and protects our eyes and skin
Zucchini * high in water, low in calories, off the charts in vitamin C and potassium, supports prostate health, heart health and helps the body metabolize protein and carbs
‘Why are we “Bee”gan (All vegan with exception of using raw honey)?
First of all, we do not preach or believe that everyone should be vegan or vegetarian for that matter.
We Do believe that we consume WAY more meat than we actually need in this country and much of it is from sources like factory farms. We do not support factory farming for many reasons…the impact on the animals, on the people who eat it and on the planet. If you want to know more about factory farming, check out the documentary Food Inc.
At Ezra’s we use (with exception to raw honey) animal free food, like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains and herbs. We figure, every other eatery in the state serves meat, so that’s been done. Our food not only wow’s your health, it wow’s your taste buds. Yes, our food is amazingly healthy, but it’s also amazingly delicious.
When a vegetable or fruit is picked from it’s source, it immediately begins to lose nutrients. By choosing local produce, you are consuming food that was most likely just picked that day or the day before…full of vibrancy and super nutrient dense.
Local organic farmers are not only supplying us with food so amazing it could vibrate right off of your plate, they are saving the planet. Yes, you heard me. Each small organic farmer plays a key role in respecting and caring for the land and sharing those values to the community. With the rise of GMO and factory farming, we need our organic farmers more than ever…they are heroes in our book.
Back in the day, there was no such thing as “organic”. Everything was organic because we didn’t spray the bejeezus out of our food with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Sadly, we are currently spraying millions of acres of food with these poisons, all in the name of profit.
The more we spray, the more we damage our soil, pollute our water and pollute our air. Statistics show that since we began using Genetically Modified Food in the mid 90’s, our cancer rates have skyrocketed, along with autism and gut disorders like Chrone’s and IBS, birth defects and infertility. You can read more about GMO’s here.
The good news is that there are farmers all over the world committed to organic farming, using natural, safe ways to grow food. Organic farming not only grows food that is safe to eat, it has a higher nutrient content and gives back to the soil, allowing for continued abundance. The more minerals and nutrients that are in our soil, the more are in our food. The more minerals and nutrients that are in our food, the more we consume and the healthier and more vibrant we become.
We love and support our local organic farmers!