SIOUX CITY | Peter Andersen is ready to begin a food revolution, one bike-powered smoothie at a time.
Andersen runs Cafe Revolutions, a solar-powered truck featuring organic foods and drinks at the Sioux City Farmers Market every Saturday with his sister Sarah.
Along with smoothies blended while pedaling a stationary bike, the Andersens offer a wide range of salads, soups and juices made with sustainable fruits and veggies that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
“We are all about our raw ingredients,” Andersen explained. “They’re packed with nutrition, especially when they’re raw.”
Even the food truck’s coffees are prepared with low-acid, unroasted beans that have been soaked in cold water to prevent stomach upset.
“I’m not much a of a coffee drinker, myself,” Andersen admitted. “Although many of my customers swear by our low-acid coffees.”
Both coffee and tea drinkers have their choice of raw almond, hemp, soy, cow or goat milk to add to their hot beverages.
A Homer, Neb. native, Andersen discovered organic foods as an agricultural student at Colorado State University.
“I’ve always been a healthy eater,” he noted, “but I only learned about organic farming when I was in school.”
Since opening his Cafe Revolution food truck in May, Andersen takes pride in ingredients that are 100 percent certified organic and using produce that have been grown locally.
“Other than oranges, bananas and acai berries, most of our produce come from area farms,” he informed.
Andersen also offers difficult-to-find beverages like wheatgrass juice which, he said, can help balance one’s blood pressure while a boosting a person’s energy.
In fact, many of Cafe Revolution’s ingredients boast nutritional benefits. For instance, acai boosts brain and heart health; bee pollen alleviates allergies; and cacao can also work as an aphrodisiac.
Andersen takes his commitment to living a sustainable life further by using a kitchen that’s fueled by solar power and using bio-compostable cups, lids, plates and bowls for his foods.
“We’re taking this revolution to the limit,” he said as customers begin to congregate around his food truck. “So far, the reaction has been terrific.”
Andersen said consumers are becoming more knowledgeable and adventurous about healthy diets.
“People like the option of using raw honey as oppose to processed sugars,” he said. “In the summer, they may also prefer a light lunch like a salad made with seasonal vegetables.”
And how do they like having smoothies spun by stationary bikes?
“They love it!” Andersen said, enthused about smoothies with such colorful names as Red Roots, Purple Rain and Dark Matter. “They can get on the bike themselves or we can do it for them.”
A veteran RAGBRAI cyclist, Andersen enjoys spinning liquid for the sake of his revolution.
“I think of myself as an educator and I’m educating people through food,” he said. “I’m changing attitudes with fresh, organic whole foods and making the world a much healthier place.”