So if you've been following my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts... you may have noticed that I had QUITE the experience last week at Thirst Juice Co. in downtown. I recently met the co-owner, Heather Stevenson, at a few of the NBGNO events and she invited me in for a tour. Little did Heather know that I had been feeling stressed and a bit run down before I arrived at Thirst on Thursday. I must say, I left there feeling revitalized and excited about what I had just learned.
Rob met me there after work on Thursday. He walked... I drove from work and to my delight... there was valet right next door... score!
The first thing I noticed was the boxes of fresh fruits and veggies on the side counter. Pretty cool, huh?
To get things started, we both tried a couple of juices. We went with the Buddhabeet and the Field of Greens. Both were delightful, but, we each liked the Field of Greens a little better... the jalapeño kick is a great touch!
As we were standing by the counter, we asked Heather about 1 million questions. Rob was much more inquisitive than I thought he'd ever be... it was hilarious and a lot of fun. Heather told us how she and her husband are both lawyers and were living in NYC. They decided that they really wanted to open up a restaurant so they looked into a few options and landed on the decision to open a juice bar. Heather explained that they had basically lived off of smoothies and juices while training for an ultra marathon and it really helped with recovery, energy, etc. (Yes, they are lawyers and ultra-marathoners... smart AND fit folks!) Heather has since dived head first into learning more about juices, smoothies, acai, wheatgrass, and vegan/vegetarian diets. She has been taking courses with a renowned expert in the field and let me tell you... she is extremely well-versed. It's nice to learn that the person behind the business truly understands the product and its benefits.
Next up, we tried a wheat grass shot! I had never had one before and was pretty pumped to try it. (Yes, I was excited to drink juice that's made from grass). Let me explain...
Wheat grass is fully loaded with anti-oxidants and can have very good detoxifying and energizing effects on the body. I'm not kidding that both Rob and I started to feel a bit energized after we drank it. I think we were both a little stunned. I now seriously want one on a weekly basis haha.
And then... drumroll please... it was time for the acai bowl. Actually, two acai bowls. We tried both the coconut bowl and the peanut butter bowl. Both were scrumptious. Rob ended up eating most of my coconut bowl... I couldn't stop him... the man is now hooked on acai. Acai berries are cultivated in South America. In these parts, we can only get frozen packs in order to consume it. These mighty berries are also loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber, and heart healthy fats... truly a superfood (and so, so tasty!)
Last but not least, we tried the BAD MONKEY! smoothie. Oh em gee, it was delightful. Here are the ingredients: Banana, almond butter, cacao nibs, cacao powder, dates, coconut milk, ice. Just perfection.
All in all, our experience was truly awesome. We even found ourselves telling our friends about it over the weekend and started planning our next trip to get wheat grass shots and the coconut acai bowl!
I want to send a BIG THANKS out to Heather for giving us this experience. It was a nice mix-up to a normal "Thursday Night". Plus, it really helped bring my energy back up and get me ready for the weekend. If you stop by soon, tell Heather I said hi! Everything is GREAT!
Have you ever had an acai bowl?
Have you ever had a wheat grass shot?
Do you love smoothies?