Venice Beach, California is a place that brings out your inner healthy hippie. I might be hanging out there and suddenly feel the deep need to buy a beach cruiser and become vegan. Last night I found myself in Venice, sipping on cold pressed carrot juice and going to yoga class in a shirt that said “KALE.” I have become the California experience.
I hadn’t planned on going to yoga last night, mostly because napping after work sounded like a better plan. But then my friends at Whole Foods Venice called to tell me they opened a new juice bar, and they wanted me to taste test. Change of plans.
Welcome to my juice dream. Are you seeing the colors? And the mason jars? And the labels that say things like “ginger” and “bell pepper” and “parsley?” I love this bar like whoa.
I picked out six of their pre-mixed, cold pressed juices to try out. All of their juices are 100% raw and fresh squeezed, so they taste nothing like that carton of OJ we’re used to. My favorites were the “Cleanse 4″ (pineapple, mint, apple, & coconut water) and then “Cleanse 1 & 5″ (beets, carrot, ginger, apple, & coconut water). For those of you looking to liven up your juice cleanse, I suggest adding a little gin to the “Spicy Lemon Zip” blend. Does that break the rules of a juice cleanse?
So here’s where things get really juicy. The Whole Foodies will mix up your own custom blend, throwing together those wonderful mason jar juices into your own personal masterpiece. I paired carrot (my favorite), apple (my second favorite), red bell pepper (cause it’s crazy) and ginger for my concoction. The girl even asked me how much ginger juice I wanted, which was sweet of her. I told her to add a lot of it, which was spicy of me. The result was zingy and beautiful and everything I’ve ever wanted in a juice. I will name it “Yoga Motivator.”
The juice bar is also conveniently located right next to their vegan grill, so the health nuttiness never has to end. I picked up a grilled collard greens salad, which I ate with chopsticks in my new record time. I’m a fast learner when good food is involved.
After putting all of that goodness into my body, I felt like I couldn’t stop there. So that’s how I found myself in yoga class, not understanding any of the yogi lingo but still fitting in because of my t-shirt. If all it takes is some juiced ginger to get me to yoga for the first time in months, I’ll be grabbing a cold one more often. A cold pressed one, that is.
P.S. The winner of three boxes of Waffle Lady waffle mix is the beautiful Barbie Johnson! Breakfast party time.
P.P.S. Though I work with Whole Foods Market, all of the thoughts and opinions written in this post are my own.