Abby Reckman, the owner of Happy Belly on Vine, knows a thing or two about living a healthy lifestyle. She’s passionate about creating wholesome, healthy menu items for patrons, and her enthusiasm shows. I had the chance to step in the kitchen, take some photos and watch Abby and her staff go to work creating good-for-you sandwiches, smoothies and light bites. I’m easily won over by food, so naturally, my favorite part of the morning was when I indulged in a breakfast sandwich and smoothie (you just don’t mess with a girl and her breakfast).
But if one thing’s for sure, it’s this: Abby and her staff are the sweetest. I asked Abby everything, from what inspired her idea for her own restaurant, to her tips for choosing healthy choices at the grocery store. Check out our interview below! I’ve always been passionate about food and how it affects the body. I studied nutrition in school and worked in restaurants through my mid-twenties, serving mostly bar food. I felt bad doing it because I thought there should be healthier options. Obviously, cooking at home is always an option, but today’s culture is social and fast-paced. I wanted to provide something that would meet the needs of the busy, health conscious person. The food at Happy Belly is healthy, but customers still leave feeling satisfied!
Many things! Everything from my dad’s cancer to my personal experiences have proven to me that diet can affect the whole body, mind, and soul. I believe your overall health is affected by what you eat the most. I want for myself and others to live not only long lives, but also fun, joyful lives. Your mood, your energy levels, your sense of well-being — it all starts with a healthy diet!
Fruit, fruit, fruit! Fruit is so easy to grab and take with you! I also love RxBars. They are Whole 30 approved and full of nothing but real food ingredients.
Haha, again fruit! I love to chop up some apples, sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg on them and add in a few raisins. You can heat them up however you prefer and it’s like eating a little apple crisp!
Stay on the outside of the grocery store. Kroger’s natural section is packed with good stuff. However, make sure to avoid the gluten-free and vegan goodies if you’re not gluten free. Many people think these options are healthy, but they’re actually loaded with sugar. I also just discovered this app called OpenLabel. It allows you to scan an item and will come up with any articles or information on it..pretty cool!
All over! I have tons of clean eating, paleo, and Whole 30 recipe books. Pinterest has many great ideas — even if they’re unhealthy, I’ll tweak them until they are clean-eating approved. The staff at Happy Belly is truly passionate about the restaurant and are always coming up with great recipes. We’re focusing on daily specials now, so we get to have fun in the kitchen and play with new ideas every day!
————————————————————————————————————————————–Thank you Abby for your time and insight! To read more about Happy Belly, view my previous post about it here.
Happy Belly is open from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays.