brian’s juice bar – chicago

I have really been wishing there was a juice bar somewhat close to where I work. (sigh).  Since I started with the green monsters I have been dying to try a green juice. Yes, there are places to get juice in Minneapolis, but so far I haven’t found anything that is exactly convenient so I had had yet to try. While in Chicago (read about my awesome trip to karyn’s raw restaurant) there was a juice bar right around the corner from my hotel – at first glance I thought it was hopeless, but when I gave it a try and went in I knew it would work and so I took full advantage! Refrigerators FULL of fruits and veggies.
My absolute favorite? Apple, Kiwi, Cucumber and Parsley. Yes, it may sound a little odd to some, but it was so unbelievably refreshing, not overly sweet and all around amazing and I’m dying to have more of it. I picked up some Naked Juice Green Machine which I used to love but it just wasn’t the same and almost tasted too sweet.
I’m going to hunt down a juice bar and try to find my juicer for the Magic Bullet because I just can’t live without this juice…
Do you have a favorite juice combo when you go to a juice bar??

review: goraw – real live food

For you raw-food lovers out there, this Banana “Bread” Flax Bar was amazing!  I was a little skeptical at first – sometimes the raw food crackers and bars are too “flaxy” for me.  But this was actually chewy and really did remind me of banana bread. I had part of it plain and part with almond butter and apple slices (the latter was preferred).
I definitely want to try their Live “Granola” bar and I will be buying this banana bread treat again very soon!
Ingredients: Sprouted Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Banana, Organic Coconut, Organic Date

what is your favorite smoothie?

This smoothie was a delicious blend of:

2/3 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup Naked Mango Juice
2 scoops Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein & Fiber Powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass Green’s SuperFoods powder
2 ice cubes
It was a gorgeous shade of dark purple and it was such a perfect breakfast.  I was worried that this breakfast would leave me hungry at 10AM but it kept me satisfied until lunch time!

review: starbucks vivanno


The Vivanno smoothie from Starbucks was a great “away-from-home” option for a smoothie.  I don’t have a blender at my desk yet :(  This was deliciously creamy but not overly sweet.

I tried the Orange Mango Banana with Matcha – it includes a whole banana, mango juice a fiber-protein powder and matcha.  As always you can substitute the milk for soy if you so desire.
Here are the stats:
about 300 calories
6 grams of fiber
16 grams of protein
provides 35% of Vit A & 40% of Vit C