Soul Food

Alma Wholefood is Matakana’s newest ‘foodie’ hangout, bringing plant- based breakfast, lunch and snack options to the village. Mai Barton, who is from Argentina, recently moved to the area with her husband, Hamish and sons Santiago, eight and Tomas, five. They are so happy with their decision, absolutely loving the beautiful ‘country’ lifestyle and what the area has to offer. Leaving her finance background behind, Mai is now following her passion for wholesome food. She loves sharing her love for ‘real food’ with her family and now, with the community. For her it is about creating nourishing food with lots of colour and goodness, showing that eating healthy is fun and tasty!

 Alma means ‘soul’ in Spanish. Some of Alma’s delicious goodness include the Green Goodness smoothie bowl, which is a blend of mango, banana, spinach and coconut cream, topped with freeze dried raspberries, coconut flakes and Alma’s buckwheat mix (nuts, seeds, buckwheat) and an optional drizzle of peanut butter. Wholesome bowls change weekly, salads when it is warm and soups during the colder months. Currently on offer are salads, which are full of colour, a bit of texture with nuts/seeds and dressings such as tahini, hummus, and avocado. Berry Beet smoothie is a blend of beetroot, raspberries, banana, almond milk and a touch of vanilla. Nutty Green is a blend of spinach, kale, banana, almond butter, cinnamon and dates. Acai Bowls, Mango chia pots, raw slices and snacks complete the list. 

 Alma is located behind The Bach, Matakana. Open Fridays and Saturdays and will open more days during summer. A good way to stay up to date is following Alma on Instagram @almawholefood. 

19 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

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