A mobile food trailer is taking the Greenville restaurant scene by storm, one vegetable at a time.
Lush Health Drinks and Vegan Eats now has a main location, 618 Hwy 82 E., next to Karpet Korner, where customers can choose and order from a menu of various plant-based meals, juices and smoothies.
To keep up to date with daily hours of operation and available menu items, customers are encouraged to follow the Lush Health Drinks and Vegan Eats Facebook page and visit the website at lushveganeats.com.
Owners Alicia and Hugh Robinson embarked on their plant-based food and beverage journey with the health and well-being of their community in mind.
But of course it started at home.
“It was truly the work of the Lord,” Alicia said of their venture. “He really got me and my husband and I started off meatless when we fasted with our church for about a year. When it was time to break the fast, God just led us not to go back to the meat.
Alicia adheres to a pescatarian and plant-based diet and Hugh eats meat sparingly, also adhering to a primarily plant-based diet.
Their transition to a mostly plant-based diet began in January 2021, although it was close to their hearts years before after watching the Netflix documentary called “What the Health”.
“It had been our desire since 2015 to give up meat, but it takes willpower, determination and discipline to stop eating something you’ve been addicted to all your life. So when the Lord opened that door, we just ran with it and we didn’t look back,” Alicia said.
Hugh noted that the longest time he had gone without meat was 14 months and his wife revealed that his weakness was the infamous pungent wing.
However, when Hugh and Alicia chose to go meatless for a long time, they decided not to succumb to the monotony of eating a salad with every meal.
“We got creative. We were introduced to jackfruit and pecan meat and we fell in love and discovered that there are so many mushrooms that can be cooked and prepared in so many ways and I thought, “I don’t don’t need meat,” Alicia recalled.
Once the family members tried Hugh and Alicia’s plant-based cuisine and liked it, they thought they might as well introduce it to the community to see how it would be received.
“We know people want to do better, but when you have no choice it can be difficult,” Alicia said.
“That’s the thing and when you eat better you feel better and people can see it on you,” Hugh said.
And, with March being observed as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the city of Greenville, Hugh shared that such health disparities, especially among people of color, are part of what drives him. in his and Alicia’s business.
“If it had been introduced to our community maybe 10 or even 20 years ago, we could have avoided or maybe prevented these types of cancers with the types of fruits and vegetables that we use and the different herbs and spices,” he said. . “All the ingredients we use are cancer-killing ingredients.”
The mutual happiness of providing this service to the community is evident in Hugh and Alicia and seeing real meat eaters enjoying their dishes gives them “a real boost of confidence”.
“I wanted to make people understand that health is wealth,” added Hugh.
Alicia struggled to identify a single favorite from their menu items, but she managed to narrow it down to one of the top three.
“It’s hard to answer just because some people like certain things, but I have to say the top three requested are lasagna, pecan meat tacos, and cauliflower wings. We only make the lasagna once a week, so we know we have to make a lot when we do,” she said.
Alicia also noted about the online menu, anything not “coming soon” next is available as certain items will be available in terms of availability, such as custom drinks.
Their readily available health drinks are Ginger Rush, Atomic Green, and Pomegranate Power, all of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Atomic Green, in particular, has blood pressure lowering properties.
Lush Health Drinks and Vegan Eats debuted at their current location last Thursday.
“Thursday to Friday was amazing even with the weather, people were still coming,” she said. “Saturday we only opened for four hours and we saw so many faces. There are people here in Greenville from all walks of life who have stopped eating meat.
Ultimately, the reward of good health is what drove Alicia and Hugh to realize their vision, which started with just offering healthy drinks, all the way to the end.
A random thought of nature’s “lush” products inspired Hugh’s idea for a name and his wife saw the potential.
Alicia highlighted her initial weight loss of 20 pounds when she switched to a plant-based diet, as well as feeling sluggish to much more energetic.
She also highlighted the difference her transition has made in her spiritual life.
“When you think about fasting so you can hear God, you are ridding your body of all that waste that is preventing your body from functioning as it should. When you feel better, you make better decisions and I hear God much more clearly since I stopped eating meat,” Alicia added. “These are the real health benefits of choosing to do better.”