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Tao Natural Foods

Tao Natural Foods is one of Minneapolis’ most delicious secrets.  For years I passed by it assuming it was yet another store boasting health food but offering only bulk health-dusts and pre-packaged energy gels. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of the tastiness, healthiest cafes in the Twin Cities, a wide variety of health services ranging from acupuncture to waxing, and shelves bulging with the largest supply of bulk herbs, spices, and teas in the Twin Cities!

Usually the first thing you will notice when approaching their menu is their massive list of freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies, and milkshakes. Play it safe with some delicious orange juice, or give one of their amazing juice blends a try;’ your immune system will thank you!

Their menu caters to almost any dietary need you can imagine, and everything is made with as much fresh, seasonal, organic, and local produce as possible. I ended up going during their “Healthy Happy Hour” which boasts 2-4-1 wheat grass shots, $1 off smoothies, and $5 half plates of a few of their favorite dishes. I went for The Doozie, which is a salad made with organic mixed greens topped with brown rice, black beans, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, hummus, guacamole, balsamic vinegar and goddess dressing. Believe me, the half-order is plenty of food, and look how lovely it is!

The Doozie at Tao Natural Foods

I also tried the Coconut/Pineapple Milk Shake made with Soy Dream faux ice cream, coconut milk, coconut flakes, organic pineapple and vanilla, and it was like liquid summertime. (Don’t worry dairy-vores, you can get your shake with regular, organic vanilla ice cream, instead!)

Milkshake at Tao Natural Foods

Somehow they have managed to create an amazingly peaceful outdoor patio area despite being located on the corner of 22nd & Hennepin Ave. South. Perfect for hot summer days when sitting in the shade near some greenery sipping a cool beverage is exactly what you need to re-charge. But be sure to check them out come wintertime as well when one of their 2 daily house-made vegan soups and stews can warm you up on even the most brutal Minnesota winter day. But let’s not start thinking about those days QUITE yet, for sanity’s sake.

Tao Natural Foods


Holly is not a professional writer, but she is a professional eater-of-things.  Check out her other eating adventures over at Babes in Soyland.