If there's anything you need to add to your 2019 resolution diet, it's this. nutbar, one of Toronto's newest superfood snack cafes, serves up freshly ground coffee with an Earthy and highly nutritious twist - medicinal mushrooms. Not to be confused with magic mushrooms, which doesn't exist as far as we know but would, admittedly, be pretty awesome. Medicinal mushrooms are actually a tasteless but highly potent superfood. nutbar's founder, Kate Taylor Martin, tells Narcity how it all works.
Taylor Martin explains that medicinal mushrooms are a natural immune system booster used in ancient Chinese medicine, and are rich with antioxidants. Adding mushroom extracts like lion’s mane, chaga, reishi or cordyceps (the four varities nutbar offers) to your morning cup is proven to improve your focus, boost your mood and reduce the effects of ageing. How, you ask? Taylor Martin tells us that medicinal mushrooms are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
nutbar has made medicinal mushrooms available as $1 add-ons to any hot beverage, smoothie on their menu. They are sourced from a local, sustainable company, Rainbo.
One of their most popular mushroom-infused drinks is the "matcha + mushroom misto" - which is a combination of ceremonial matcha, all four mushroom types, and a dash of steamed nutbar nutmilk, their signature organic nutmilk blend.
This isn't their only specialty, though. nutbar serves up organic superfood variations of every snack you can think of that pairs well with coffee. All made in-house, by the way. Their menu has it all, from acai bowls and avo toast to detox smoothies and elixir tonics.
Their cafe at 1240 Yonge Street near Summerhill Station is also the ideal spot to settle in with your laptop. And because everything's healthy, you don't have to feel guilty about snacking on something sweet with your coffee.
nutbar's second location is right downtown at 111 Richmond St. West in the Assembly Chef's Hall, between Bay St. and University Ave. It's open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday, and 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays.
Their Yonge location is open a bit later, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday to Friday and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.
To find nutbar and check out their menus, click here.