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Tasty Tuesday: Vanilla Jill's

Stepping into Vanilla Jill's Scoops and Soups is like stepping into a classic ice cream parlor. But, of course, this is Eugene. We love to innovate.

Co-owner Megan Stevens decided to turn her classic ice cream parlor upside down as she battled her health problems through the paleo diet.

"We have a whole paleo line of ice creams. And we also have paleo breads, so we make paleo sandwiches and paleo baked goods," Megan told me.

Eating paleo means no precessed sugar, no grains, no legumes, and mostly no dairy. You might ask, how the heck do you make ice cream from that? Just ask Pheobe.

Pheobe is their ice cream making machine. We got to see Pheobe working hard on one of their paleo flavors, blueberry spirulina, made from local and organic ingredients.

"So it's got an organic coconut milk base, and then it's got local organic blueberries, and then it's got a great nutritional profile with the spirulina added in," Megan said.

From traditional to vegan to paleo ice cream, it's clear Vanilla Jill's has plenty of scoops- and they have plenty of soups, too. One of their specialties is bone broth. It's made from...yes, you guessed it. Beef bones.

"Out of the bones when you boil them with sea salt, you get minerals and collagen and gelatin, all of which are very healing for the gut lining," Megan said.

And while Megan does follow a paleo diet, at Vanilla Jill's, she also embraces the not-so-healthy with cocktail specials and more traditional ice cream.

Vanilla Jill's may look like a classic cream shop, but once you step inside- it's very clear that there's more than meets the eye.

Vanilla Jill's Scoops & Soups

298 Blair Blvd, Eugene

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