On Sunday I was contacted by Steve, owner of Nadoz Cafe, to come in and try their new juice bar. I jumped at the opportunity because I did not even know a real juice bar existed in St. Louis. (Smoothies that have fruit and tons of added sugar don’t count!)
After learning about the Euro Bakery + Cafe, Steve offered me a juice. He asked what I would like, and all of their combinations sounded so good! Lately I’ve seen tons of juices with beets and ginger in them, so I was curious to try something along those lines. Steve suggested the Tropical Beet Juice with beets, apple, pineapple, and ginger.
It was totally awesome! The pineapple provided the perfect amount of sweetness and the hint of ginger was not overpowering at all. Definitely a fan. I can’t wait to go back for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; they even have a wine bar that’s open in the evening. Their menu is quite extensive and everything is made in-house. Their juices contain no added sugar or pre-made juices. They have a fancy juicer where they literally throw fresh fruit and vegetables in, and it turns it into smooth, nutrient-packed juice. If only I had one in my own kitchen!
I did try to make my own juice at home by merely throwing a bunch of fruits and vegetables into my blender. Here’s what my mix contained: ice, banana, carrots, celery, orange, flaxseed, spinach, kale, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, and water.
Let’s just call it “juice,” yeah? It really just turned into a smoothie, and I didn’t mind the taste, but it was certainly not as fine (nor as pretty!) as the juice from Nadoz. Good try, Linz. I did still get all the benefits of the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and veggies though. And if you’re wondering: there is not a strong vegetable taste at all. The banana and cinnamon really negate the strong “greens” taste.
Since this green juice didn’t provide any protein, I knew I needed to have something a bit more substantial to tide me over til lunch. Plus, I workout in the morning, so having protein is especially important to refuel and repair muscles. I made protein pudding.
Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting today’s WIAW.
Lunch included baked chicken, steamed broccoli, and an apple.
Simple, but healthy and filling. For snack I had a Dale’s Raw Protein Bar in raspberry hazelnut that I received in my last Conscious Box. While the bar doesn’t look appealing, it actually tasted really good! Plus, it packed 22 grams of protein!
(No nasty comments of what the bar looks like, please.) Dinner was such a hodge podge. We had leftover chicken and I roasted a cauliflower and sprinkled paprika and red pepper on it. Then I found an eggplant in my fridge, so I roasted that, too. After seeing the two white vegetables, I decided I needed some greens. In the oven went rainbow chard sprayed with olive oil and nutritional yeast on top.
Very random, but it worked and was Jonny-approved, as well. The other day I picked up Organic Stone Ground Extra Dark Chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Itz a “traditional Mexican-style chocolate,” and ohmygoodness itz absolutely delicious!
Itz such a rich and satisfying treat. Mmm mmm mmm!
Do you make your own juice? What’s your favorite combination?