VIDEO: Meet the new Bushwick cafe where health and affordability intersect

April 6, 2018 By Liliana Bernal Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Francesca Chaney was raised by a nutritionist mother in a plant-based home. After learning herbalism and holistic health care while working at a relative’s apothecary, the 21-year-old began making herbal tea blends and vegan meals for family and friends, motivated to spread the benefits of a plant-based diet.

It was the very beginning of Sol Sips, a plant-based cafe whose premise is to provide healthy beverages and bites accessible for everyone.

The spot that opened up in Bushwick on Thursday has gained popularity because of its low prices.

A full meal at the restaurant can cost $7 to $15, prices that are far from the trendy vegan cafes of the area.

“All of our bites and our beverages have four ingredients or less. Something that is nourishing, it’s filling, it’s delicious and it’s not expensive because we’re not putting all that extra-ness into it,” Chaney said. “That’s why we’re able to make it accessible.”

The full-time, pre-health professions/anthropology student at Brooklyn College wants to change the misconception that healthy food is just for people that can afford wellness.  

“I’m planning to spend the next 10 years just putting Sol Sips on the map,” she said, “making it something that is … normalizing accessible food.”

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