Vegans for nearly 20 years, Baker and Lacko come from a corporate background. At the request of friends, family and coworkers, they began making vegan meals. From there, they learned more about commercial cooking, began developing recipes and opened the store in 2015.
Based on the belief that whole, plant-based foods are a large part of the answer to society’s biggest health issues — obesity, heart disease, diabetes — Nature’s Plate aims to make it easier to add real food to people’s diets while cutting out processed, factory-farmed items.
Everything at Nature’s Plate is vegan.
“The building blocks of our food are vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts," she says. "About 75 percent of our food is gluten-free. We have soy-free and nut-free options as well. Most of our ingredients are organic — not all of them, because we want to keep costs reasonable — but we do organic for the Dirty Dozen all the time and everything else as much as we can.”
Nature’s Plate sells breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, baked goods and smoothies. All the food is made fresh on-site, and it also offers prepackaged meals to go (think Snap Kitchen or Simply Fit Meals) or weekly meal plans.
This week, Nature’s Plate is launching a no-added-oil meal option as well.
“People who are recovering from heart disease or cancer, or who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are really interested in this option. There’s a growing demand for no-oil-added foods, and we’re the only ones doing it,” Baker says.
With its grab-and-go and meal-plan-based business model, Nature’s Plate’s mission is to make plant-based, whole food accessible, convenient and satisfying.
“We’re not trying to get everybody to go vegan," Baker says. "We’re just trying to get people to eat more plants."
Nature's Plate, 10233 Northwest Highway