The most common New Years resolution for Americans is eating better and exercising. This is almost too obvious during the month of January especially when most gyms and workout studios are at full capacity. But while you’re working out or even if exercising isn’t your thing- fueling your body properly is always important. “Ánimo” is a Spanish word that means “energy, spirit and vitality.” Commonly its used as a call to action, Maria and Anthony Gentlesk felt it was only appropriate to name their restaurant Ánimo because they felt so inspired. Tired of processed fast food laden with preservatives and synthetic ingredients, and knowing they weren’t alone- Ánimo was developed as a quick service juice and burrito bar using only nutritious and highest quality ingredients.
On the menu at Ánimo you’ll find lots of variety, from homemade soups and salads to hand rolled Mission-style burritos, freshly pressed juices, juice blends, protein shakes and specialty organic items like wheatgrass and a vegan non-dairy custard made from 100% organic bananas. You won’t be far from making a health-conscious change to your everday diet with 2 Ánimo locations at 17th and Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA and Haddonfield, NJ.
We’ve got to start off with the Burritos, because who doesn’t love a burrito? Here at Ánimo they’re filled only with organic pinto beans, organic brown rice, fresh veggies, you can add a protein like chicken, pork, or grass fed beef which are all hormone and antibiotic free, vegetarian fed and humanely raised , and house made salsas and sauces on the side. Each burrito is served on a whole wheat tortilla, a bed of lettuce (gluten free), or in a bowl with organic blue corn chips (gluten free).
Rise and shine because Ánimo also serves breakfast- which means, Breakfast Burritos and Bowls from 7:00 to 10:00 am daily. Start with cage free organic eggs, add beans, your choice of protein or veggies, and top it off with cheese, diced tomatoes, spinach, fresh pico de gallo, chipotle salsa, tomatillo salsa, or house hot sauce. We’d also highly recommend starting your morning with a Fresh Pressed Organic Wheatgrass. High in Chlorophyll, this green juice is significant for blood purification, liver detoxification, colon cleansing, and increased energy levels! Studies have shown that 1 oz is equivalent to approximately 1.5 lbs of leafy green vegetables- hows that for getting in your veggies?
Ánimo also offers Ginger Lemon Shots which are perfect to get you feeling 100% this winter. These shots include a mix of ginger, lemon, apple and a dash of cayenne. They’re a natural energy boost that is perfect for fighting off colds and infections. And if you’re more into smoothies, check out the Blends on the menu. These are made with fresh orange, apple, or carrot juice, whole fruit, organic lowfat yogurt and ice. Never syrups, sweeteners, artificial ingredients, concentrates, or bottled juices.
And if you’re looking for something that is totally- Instagram-worthy and ALMOST too pretty to eat? Make sure to check out the Ánimo Acai Bowl and Blue Majik Bowl. The acai bowl is made with blended frozen banana, almond milk, and a touch of honey to form a thick, creamy base packed with antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. Acai have a higher antioxidant content than other berries, like cranberries, blueberries and strawberries. This bowl is topped with fresh fruit and granola, for a colorful and nutritious meal. The Blue Majik Bowl gets its unique color from spirulina, a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredibly high in protein and source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It is largely made up of protein and amino acids, often spirulina is recommended to many due to its high natural iron content.
Ánimo has been named with some of the following accolades: Philadelphia Magazine’s “New and Noteworthy”, SJ Magazine’s “Best of South Jersey 2006”, Courier Post’s 4-Star Rating, South Jersey Magazine’s “Best of the Best 2008 & 2010” and Fox Philadelphia’s “2007 Hot List”. And did you know that you can get Ánimo delivered via Caviar? So there is really no excuse to keep settling for all that junk food in your diet. Catering options and private events also available.