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Juice Generation

644 9th Ave, New York NY 10036 (Between 45th and 46th St)

Mon–Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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This healthy little gem is located on 9th Ave, between 45th and 46th St. It’s not too far from the Times Square subway station, making it very accessible if you’re shopping nearby. This famous chain also has many other locations, including one on 117 W 72nd St, which is much closer to campus. While the physical store is quite small and has no seating available, they have a wide variety of options. 2017-02-18 16.44.13

Need a quick pick-me-up?  They have healthy juices and smoothies. Want something more filling? They have nicely portioned açai bowls, vegan lunch options (rolls, burgers, and noodles), and vegan pastries. What is unique about this chain is their “juice farmacy,” which is made up of small drinks with jam-packed nutrients. One such drink is the “lemon lozenge,” a blend of lemons, cayenne, and ginger, to help clear an irritating cold.

I ordered a “Green Guardian” smoothie and a “Jackpot!” açaí bowl, while my friend ordered an “I Heart Watermelon” smoothie, sweetened with agave and an “Almond Butter Bliss” açaí bowl. For smoothies, you have the option of almond milk or hemp milk and you can sweeten them with either agave or dates.

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“I Heart Watermelon” Smoothie and Almond Bliss Açaí Bowl

“I Heart Watermelon” Smoothie: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon.

Overall, the smoothie had a nice balance of sweetness and acidity, and was not too overpowering. The first note of the smoothie had a very strong raspberry taste with a subtle hint of watermelon that was gradually brought out upon further tasting. It was very light compared to the “Green Guardian,” with a more liquid texture (as opposed to starchy), and would be perfect for a post-workout refreshment.

“Almond Butter Bliss” Açaí Bowl: açaí, almond butter, almond milk, banana, coconut shavings, hemp granola, and strawberries.

The “Almond Butter Bliss” açaí bowl had an overall extremely nutty flavor that my friend thought was slightly overpowering. The bowl could have used slightly more acidity with the addition of more citrus-y flavors. Interestingly, she tasted a hint of chocolate milk, which could have been caused by the mixture of almond milk and banana.

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“Jackpot!” Açaí Bowl and “Green Guardian” Smoothie

“Jackpot!” Açaí Bowl: açaí, almond milk, banana, coconut oil, coconut shavings, hemp granola, jackfruit, kiwi, and strawberries.

The açaí bowl was actually more liquid-y than I had expected, and didn’t look too appetizing by looks alone. I was blown away by the taste. The textures in the bowl brought a nice variety and they struck a perfect harmony between the chewy and crispy granola, the tarte fruit, and liquid-y açai. The nutty flavor contrasts the typical sweet and sour açai bowl and provides a nice base note. Kiwi is an unusual fruit to add into açai bowls, but it definitely works here and provides the desired citrus-y acidity. The fruit used in my açaí bowl was really fresh. After eating this açaí bowl, I felt a lot healthier and even  refreshed!

Green Guardian” Smoothie:  avocado, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, spinach, strawberries, and swiss chard.

At first, I regretted my decision to order this smoothie. It was rather bland compared with the “I Heart Watermelon,” and I wished that I had chosen to sweeten the smoothie with dates or agave. The smoothie was rather starchy and thick. About half way through the smoothie, it was difficult to obtain any more liquid and I had to constantly poke around the cup. The more I drank, however, the more my opinion of this smoothie improved. The almond milk fragrance became more identifiable and there even seemed to be a banana-like taste in the background. Definitely sweeten the smoothie if you order this drink!

Juice Generation has a nice variety of healthy options and I can’t wait to try out the many other options that it offers.

Till next time!

Fiona

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Acai Bowls at Juice Generation

Yup, ladies and gents, today I am going to assess Juice Generation. It is a chain – I am not kidding when I say I love Juice Generation. If you’ve never been, the name gives most of it a way. It’s a juicery that also has some raw and vegan snacks, acai bowls, and gluten free baked treats.

Today, I will review the acai bowls, which are made of pureed acai berries mixed with other things (could be bananas or soy milk) to form a thick consistency. Juice Generation offers five different types of acai bowls. The texture is the same as a smoothie; but an acai bowl may contain other ingredients to change the base flavor. Juice Generation’s acai bowls are super filling while light at the same time. After eating one, you’ll be totally satisfied but also not feel completely bloated.

The differences between each bowl are slight but different bowls fit different moods. The five bowls offered are the “Almond Butter Bliss” bowl, the “PB Acai” bowl, the “Coco Acai” bowl, the “Aloha Acai Bowl”, and the “Amazing Green” bowl. They all contain acai, banana, and either almond or coconut milk. The Almond Butter Bliss bowl contains almond butter, coconut, and hemp granola. The PB Acai contains peanut butter, cacao nibs, and hemp granola. The coco acai bowl is made of coconut flakes, and hemp granola. “Aloha Acai” has pineapple, bee pollen, and hemp granola. The “Amazing Green” includes hemp granola and seeds, kale, and spinach.

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I recommend the almond butter and peanut butter bowl – especially if you’re looking for something more filling, and the others are super light. While they are all filling, I love the almond butter bliss because it hits the spot completely. I promise, that having something cold is totally worth it even though it’s winter.